Ambition in Macbeth

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Often times we struggle to find the right balance between too much and two little of a certain something. Ambition is the strong desire to attain success in an individual’s life. The protagonist Macbeth, induced by ambition, finds himself on a downwards spiral towards his own self destruction. In Macbeth, William Shakespeare conveys that extreme ambition has a potent effect on leading ones fate in a harmful or advantageous way, resulting in either a rise in power or tragic downfall.
Macbeth is characterized, as an exceptionally noble person being both loyal and honourable. Granted the Thane of Cawdor Macbeth is content with his current title. Soon after Macbeth comes into contact with three witches that predict his future of becoming king. His lack of ambition is portrayed when he states "If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir." (Act I, scene iii) The quote allows the reader to understand how his ambition although not apparent in the start of the play was always there. The wiches along with being persuaded by Lady Macbeth spark Macbeths desire to achieve the title of becoming king. After speaking to the witches for the first time Macbeth leaves his future in the hands of fate.
Throughout the play, we see Macbeth evolves into becoming a dynamic character. Suddenly a spark in ambition hits Macbeth and his rise to power become unstoppable. This ambition becomes the fuel to his fire of bloodthirsty power. The strong ambition apparent in Lady Macbeth, now gets passed along to Macbeth who is pushed by the desire to become king making the crown his ambition. A sign of uncontrolled ambition was shown when Macbeth killed Banquo. Showing that nothing will stop him and his desires not even the murder of his own best friend.

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