How the Theme of Ambition Is Explored in Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

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How the theme of ambition is explored in Shakespeare’s Macbeth? The theme of ambition is explored in Shakespeare’s Macbeth through many different characters and situation. Each character has their own afflictions with ambitions, driving them to actions of murder and revenge. Ambition is the driving motive behind considerable events in the play such as Macbeth’s deeds, Lady Macbeth’s desires, Macduff’s vengeance and Malcolm’s retribution of his father murder. The first appearance of ambition is when Macbeth and Banquo stumble across the three witches upon a heath and tell them of their future. In Act 1 Scene 3 the witches give Macbeth a premonition; “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, that shalt be king hereafter”, this premonition given by the witches at first confuse Macbeth until Ross and Angus later enter and announce Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor which at first Macbeth and Banquo do not fully comprehend, believing that the Thane of Cawdor is a servant of the king and a good man but it comes clear once they are told of his treachery and his mind moves to the to what the third witch said to him about him becoming king. Just before this Banquo, after Macbeth was told what was to come to him, Banquo asks what will happen to him. Banquo is eager for his future after hearing what Macbeth is to gain great power. These new ambitions soon begin to gain momentum and end up becoming the driving force behind the two charters actions for the remainder of the play. The next appearance of a strong ambition is in Act 1 Scene 5. After having finished reading the letter from her husband about their encounter with the witches, she is told that the king will be staying at their home tonight. After hearing this fear soon arises for she fears that her husband will not have the

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