Macbeth’s ambition is powered by the sisters. Through the sisters he learns that he is to be king, he does not know how he is going to become king however. Ambition is the key to his downfall. Before he had this ambition he said that he would never have dreamed of killing the king to become king. The ambition drove him to kill the king, so that he could become then king. Lady Macbeth’s ambition also helps drive him to kill the king. The sisters make him have weird spells where he thinks that he is seeing objects. At one point he is seeing a dagger, ultimately it is the dagger that kills the King Duncan. Another instance is at a dinner held by Macbeth after he had killed Banquo he is giving a toast, and is saying th...
At the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth is described as a hero very clearly. He becomes very ambitious to be king and was very loyal to the king in the opening scenes. This is shown in the quote “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, Without my stir”. His ambition to be king dissolved his good nature and morality. When Duncan arrives at Inverness, Macbeth controlled his ambition for the time being and thought very firmly on the plotting of Duncan’s murder. A quote by Lady Macbeth stated “My hands are of your color; but I shame to wear a heart so white”. When Lady Macbeth called him a coward, before you knew it, the murder was taking place. After the successful murder of Duncan, Macbeth entered a life of evil. Ambition was also clearly stated when he thought of killing his friend Banquo to protect the kingship. The witches’ predictions sent Macbeth into his own world where he could not be deterred from becoming king.
In the dawn of his position as nobleman and one of great character, Macbeth is soon heavily influenced by many and falls due to peer pressure and outside influences. Macbeth earns fortunate admiration in winning the battle against Macdonwald as well as invading the Norwegian king. The witches constructed a plan, in which they deceive Macbeth into believing that he would become King, “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me.” (Shakespeare, I.iii.144-145) Though Macbeth did not let this happen by “chance”, it was completely by his force and persuasion. He was determined to have the crown and the title of “Thane of Cawdor”. He was having constant thoughts about the outcome of killing King Duncan; his conscience and current thoughts are in a state of dissociation. After Macbeth writes the letter to his wife regarding the Witches’ Prophesy she creates a plan to carry out the murder of the king. She devised methods on how the king will be murdered. At this point in time, the readers/audience already characterize her as an evil-spirited character. She manipulates him to murder Duncan with her negatively influential words and corrupt thoughts. Overall, Lady Macbeth is probably the most influential person that led to Macbeth’s final decision. Without the influences of others, he would have just lived on and let fate create ...
This ambition was planted and nursed in his mind when he was told the prophecy from three witches that he will one day be king. Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, was the spark that ignited the drive in Macbeth to begin his evil ways and kill King Duncan for his power. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other”(Shakespeare, 337). Although Macbeth originally knows that what he is doing is wrong, Lady Macbeth continues to push him in the dark void that his ambition has created and his feelings of remorse or wrongdoing will soon enough fade away. Although ambition has plagued Lady Macbeth as well and “has laid its stealthy fingers upon her conscience” (Gerwig, Vol.69). Lady Macbeth is the main reason that Macbeth so easily went to the dark side and she has become blinded by her own desires and that for her husband that she no longer cares for what is right and wrong. Macbeths killing will not stop with just king Duncan though and “by releasing his ambition, Macbeth is successful in destroying his conscience…” (McGrail, 19-46). Everyone is now a threat to his newfound power as king and Macbeth will kill whatever innocents he sees as necessary. Morals do not exist for him now, the only thing that matters is power and sustaining it and this ultimately is what leads him to being killed. Eventually
He begins as a fierce Scottish warrior. But his greed, his lust for power, is what drags him down. His judgment is clouded, he can only see ideas that will help him obtain what he wants. Lady Macbeth starts off as the dominating person in their relationship. Such as that she can get manipulate him to do anything for her desires as long as she does it in various ways, like playing on his confidence. However, as the play progresses, and Duncan is killed, Macbeth seems to become the dominating partner swapping positions. Both of them have ambition, Lady Macbeth's ambition drives her to manipulate Macbeth into the most malevolent crime of regicide. But Macbeth’s ambition becomes unstable. Macbeth kills for the first time he has not choice but to conceal his wicked actions, and to have done this again because he is scared, of getting caught and having to repent of his crimes and could mean that his hunger for power became an obsessive trait, never satisfied with his current status."vaulting ambition, which o'erleap”In the end he became a tyrant condemned by his own people leading him to his death. Macbeth's view of reality became twisted. He saw things in a way that only went his way. This distorted his judgment which lead him to make the wrong decisions. Through Macbeth's constant need to fulfil his ambition he became very involved with himself. The wrong decisions that he made resulted in his tragic demise. These traits developed throughout the play with no control over his ambition, unfortunately leading to his
“If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacle” -Carl von Clausewitz. This quote depicts Macbeth and how his actions of ambition drove him to what he did and how he completed it. He not only had ambition but he had greed that will often play a more important role in their actions then thoughts. In Shakespeare's play Macbeth we see that greed and ambition has driven Macbeth and has crushed the moral support of Scotland and ended the lives of multiple lords and innocents. At first we see Macbeth as the effulgent hero who “unseam’d” (1.2.23) the traitor Macdonwald in the protection for not only the King but also for the Country, yet turns into
Many people seek power, even if it will bring undesirous actions. In some cases, individuals bring their own destruction when they want more than they need. People’s greed can lose their sanity and allow them to do scandalous actions they would have never done. As a courageous warrior greedy for power, Macbeth allows his ambition take over and assassins his friends and family. Ambition harms more than it can benefit when powers with greed. In the Elizabethan play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare shows through the usage of blood that greedy ambition creates a guilty conscience to the mind and vengeance from the past.
Ambition is a great quality to have when pushing for the right goals. Ambition helps when wanting to achieve something great. But, if used selfishly or for the wrong thing; ambition can lead to terrible things. Ambition caused Macbeth’s downfall because it caused him to be motivated to kill, go insane from guilt of the actions, and get selfish with his goals.
Greed is found in a person when they desire something that is lacking in their own life. Greed tends to play an important role to people’s decisions. Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Macbeth shows how an evil person can be filled with guilt from their deeds. Lady Macbeth demonstrates a excellent example of how greed can transform one into a wicked individual. As the play begins, Lady Macbeth is introduced as an evil person, her greediness to become queen leads her to death in the end.
Macbeth’s strong ambition is to become king of Scotland. After the war, Macbeth and Banquo both walked and came into contact with : witches. The witches told prophecies that Macbeth will “Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!” and then “shalt be the king hereafter” (I.iii.48-50). The witch’s prophecies were the first step into motivating Macbeth to be in power of Scotland. Macbeth’s promotion to Thane of Cawdor, made him believe the fact that the prophecies from the witches of the future are true. Macbeth soon wanted to have more power and so he wanted the stars not to “light” his “black and deep desires” (I.iv.50-51). Macbeth had evil and negative ambitions to become in power of Scotland and thus did not want anyone to know that he was going to have plans to kill the innocent king and his closest friends. While Macbeth was deciding whether to kill or not to kill Duncan, he states that the only thing motivating him is “ambition” which makes “people rush ahead of themselves toward disaster” (I.iii.25-28). Macbeth's plan of killing king Duncan was his strong desire because he would succeed into power. He was willing to do anything just to be in power and thus decided to kill his gracious king Duncan and his closest friend Banquo. His ambition of power led him to commit such a terrible and cruel action. Macbeth's blinding ambition led him to take a
She was so determined that Macbeth will soon become king. Then they soon received a message from the King, saying that he is coming. King Duncan arrived with his servants, they had a peaceful dinner. But during the dinner Macbeth changes his mind and does not want to kill Duncan. The Lady Macbeth threatens Macbeth by saying “I have given suck, and know/ How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me./ I would, while it was smiling in my face,/ Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums/ And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you/ Have son to this (Act I, scene 7, lines 54-59). She said that she would kill his son and that he also must be drunk, because he is not acting like a man. Later when King Duncan is sleeping in his room, Macbeth comes in and murders Duncan. He comes out with a terrified look and still holding the bloody dagger that he used to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth then took the bloody daggers and placed them back by Duncan and smeared blood all over the servants. So therefore the servants would be blamed for killing King Duncan. Lady Macbeth has just introduced the concept of murder to Macbeth. That is why Lady Macbeth is a cause of Macbeth’s downfall. Now that Macbeth knows the concepts of murder, he starts to kill those around him who threaten his title of
The play, Macbeth, is a story about a man who is eager for power and will do anything to get it. Macbeth is addressed by three witches who declare he is destined to be King. Instead of letting fate control Macbeth’s life, he decides to take matters into his own hands and kill those in the way of obtaining power. In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth possesses the character flaw of greed which when left unchecked can lead to self destruction. In the first place, Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as greedy when Banquo’s sons are destined to be king “rather than so, come fate into the list”(3.1.71). Macbeth becomes greedy in obtaining the throne and does not want anyone who is not himself to rule as King. Instead of letting fate control the future,
After the traitor, the previous Thane of Cawdor, had been killed, Macbeth is immediately thrown into the shoes of the Thane of Cawdor by the king. This means that there must be a very strong trust between King Duncan and Macbeth. The now Thane of Cawdor, also gave his word to do nothing but protect the monarchy, and to commit his crime is to break the vows he has promised to keep. Macbeth has done nothing but serve under the King, to which whom he has been loyal to for years. So killing him is way far off from anything that he could have ever thought to
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is portrayed as a loyal and brave kinsman who has just won the war for Scotland, but he soon becomes a greedy and rash king by murder and intimidation. Macbeth is to blame for his own downfall because he believes the witches prophecies, he murdered King Duncan to prove he is a man to his wife, and he murders indiscriminately.
Macbeth was hungry for power. When he killed Duncan and made it look like his sons did it was out of his hunger for power because with them out of the way Macbeth would be the next in line for the throne (Evil thoughts). Macbeths wife lead him to be hungry for power. Also he killed Banquo to try to keep his power (Ambition, Greed, Power, and Wealth in Shakespeare's Macbeth :: GCSE English Literature Coursework).Macbeth deeply desired power, but did not have the same power King Duncan had. Lastly every decision he made was to secure his place as king (Pine). Macbeth leadership skills lead him to his downfall because of hunger for