Shakespeare's Macbeth-Striving For Power

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Striving for ambition for power can be as great as it seems, however one should be aware of what they desire, that power can lead to ones downfall. In the play, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, this is true for Macbeth. Macbeth was a powerful and brave soldier, seeking to be the best that he can be, at first never imagining he would not kill to be the top. He believed that it would just come easy to him, but he thought wrong. When his time to be king comes to a hold, his impatience was unbearable. He just needed to get to the throne, so now the ambition, manipulation and compulsion of his wife had made him insane. Macbeth’s ambition to be king drives him into a downward spiral of committing murders and lying to sneak his way to the top. Macbeth’s…show more content…
This reveals Macbeth’s thoughts as soon as the three witches foreshadow Macbeth being king in the near future. Also, Macbeth realized that with Duncan still being king, he couldn’t have the throne. This quote is foreshadowing Duncan’s murder or death and when he says “ My thought”, he is fantasizing or imagining that. “ The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step, on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies. Stars, hide, your fires; Let not light…which the eye fears, when it is done”. This explains that Macbeth realizes that king Duncan was going to be the next man to have the throne. Macbeth isn’t going to let that happen, so he takes action to avoid the obstacles that are going to be in his way, which is murder. “ Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be, what thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to…show more content…
“ For mine own good, all causes shall give… way. I am in blood, Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er”. Macbeth has killed Duncan and there is no going back, he is stuck and doesn’t know what he is going to do. He is saying that he needs to move forward, but it is not easy for Macbeth because he regrets killing Duncan. Also is wife is concerned that she is losing him, so she just tells him to sleep and forget about it. “ Gainst nature still! Thriftless ambition, which wilts ravin… up, thine own life’s means! Then ‘tis most like, the sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth”(Ross). Macbeth has killed Duncan; people believed that it was Duncan’s son who committed the crime. Ross implies that ambition can lead to unthinkable acts, which means having the urge to do the unthinkable (murder) because of that ambition. He accused Duncan’s son of that. “ Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t”(Lady Macbeth). This explains that Lady Macbeth was forcing Macbeth to be an evil and dangerous person and step out of his comfort zone to kill King Duncan. She is the mastermind behind all of this, because she wants the power as bad as Macbeth does. Since Macbeth is hesitant to do the deed, Lady Macbeth is behind him pressuring him throughout the way. “ I do all that may become a man, who dares do

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