The Ambition Of Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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Ambition is defined as a strong will to achieve something, and at times, it will inspire success. But, what is truly considered success? In William Shakespeare’s work Macbeth, ambition is one of the most prominent themes. To begin with, Lady Macbeth’s ambition sparks treacherous ideas, which results in her own tragedy. Furthermore, Macduff’s ambition is treated with impulsive thinking, leading to his tragic experience. Additionally, Macbeth’s ambition creates unfaithful thoughts, which results in his tragic outcome. However, Malcolm’s ambition is handled with logical thoughts, resulting in success. Throughout the play, Shakespeare presents the idea that ambitious individuals who develop irrational thoughts experiences tragedy. In the play, Lady Macbeth’s ambition grows into treacherous ideas, resulting in her tragedy. Initially, Lady Macbeth is ruthless. When Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth’s letter describing his experiences with the prophecies, she thinks, “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be / What thou art promised” (1.5.14-15). Lady Macbeth is determined to help her husband gain the throne as king of Scotland. Subsequently, the ambition develops into traitorous ideas. While Macbeth is hesitant towards the suggestion of killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth describe the details of the plan, “When Duncan is asleep-- / Whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey / Soundly invite him – his two chamberlains / Will I with wine and wassel so convince, / That memory, the warder of the brain, / Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason / A limbeck only: when in swinish sleep / Their drenched natures lie as in a death, What cannot you and I perform upon / The unguarded Duncan?” (1.7.68-77). Lady Macbeth plans to murder Duncan in order to ... ... middle of paper ... ...cbeth and attaining the position as king of Scotland. Hence, Malcolm is able to satisfy his ambition successfully with rational thoughts. To conclude, Shakespeare, with his work Macbeth, conveys the message that tragedy will be experienced by ambitious individuals who develop irrational thoughts. In particular, Lady Macbeth’s ambition grows her treacherous thoughts, resulting in her mental torture. As well, Macduff’s ambition is treated with impulsivity, resulting in him experiencing tragedy. Moreover, Macbeth’s ambition sparked insecure and cruel thoughts, resulting in his tragic outcome. Nevertheless, Malcolm’s ambition is developed with logical thought, resulting in success. In life, ambition and desires may become reality. But whether or not the process is successful can only be measured by the individual themselves, based on how they feel after the achievement.
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