Who Is The Serpent's Ambition In Macbeth

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In the Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth is introduced as the captain of Duncan's army and as a war hero, whose fame on the battlefield wins him great honor with the king. When Macbeth finds himself among three witches they tell him he is destined to be king. Macbeth tells his wife, and with a little persuasion, she convinces him to take matters into his own hands. Throughout the story Macbeth's private ambitions become clear to the audience through his own asides and soliloquies. These often conflict with the opinion that others have of Macbeth, which is described as "golden". In the play, Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that he needs to be as a serpent beneath the flower, thus explaining how to others Macbeth seems as a war hero and fearless, while…show more content…
In Christian stories, the serpent is viewed as an image of deceit. Macbeth exhibits many elements that reflect the great fall of man in Genesis. Just like Adam, Macbeth was weak in knowing his destiny or what he assumed was his destiny. Macbeth thought he could not be punished for his crimes. Just like Adam thought that if he ate of the fruit he could not be punished, but instead he was sent out of the Garden of Eden to live in sin. Macbeth slowly begins to feel guilty with his actions, identical to how Adam felt condemned in his sins. One can tell Macbeth feels guilt from his actions when he says “will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand? (Mac. 2.2 58-59)”. Like any other story though, it offers hope. Just like God told Adam that he could be forgiven, so could Macbeth. When Macbeth learns of his wife's apparent suicide he realizes that life is short and meaningless and that everything they worked for was falling down around him. Armies are rising against him and he has fell to an all time low. He realizes there is still hope when he remembers the witches telling him that he could not be harmed of anyone born of a woman. He then thrust out into war without unease. Later the story reveals a dramatic twist that ends with Macduff slaughtering Macbeth, thus ending the play with the tragedy of Macbeth and Lady Macbeths…show more content…
Macbeth knew he was destined to be king when the one of the three witches tell him and Banquo “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter! (Mac. 1.4 50)”. Macbeth’s destiny was predetermined by the three witches, but the play makes an important distinction: Fate may dictate what Macbeth will be, but how that destiny comes about is a matter of chance and of a man's own choice or free will. Although Macbeth is told he will become king, he is not told how to achieve the position of king; that much is up to him. We cannot blame Macbeth for becoming king, because that was his destiny, but we can blame him for the way in which he chose to get

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