“Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.” – Buddha. Buddha was a wise man and knew that someone who is ambitious can get very impatient when it comes to delaying their plan and having rivals that share the same goals. Ambition is often the result of one good thing happening which leads to one pursuing their dreams more and more. Although ambition can be a good thing, it can also be bad. Twisting people's judgment on reality and making them perform actions they wouldn't normally do. Such is the case in Macbeth where ambition causes Macbeth to go through with a murderous plot to become king that involves his wife plotting the murder and going insane. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare expresses the theme of ambition by characterization, conflict and foreshadowing.
Shakespeare’s use of characterization helps him communicate the theme of ambition. "My noble partner. You greet with present grace ... and great prediction Of noble having and of royal hope,
That he seems rapt withal. To me you speak not.
If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear your favors nor your hate." (1.3.2). Shakespeare is portraying how greatly welcomed Macbeth is. Even though he had just become Thane of Cawdor without having to do anything, he is still praised, thus fueling his ambition to fulfill the three witches' prophecy. "Shakespeare's character's plan is much more prone to disaster: the invitation is to a large, well-attended feast, and the murder occurs beforehand, so that the murdered guests are sooner missed and suspicion is sooner aroused." (Holinshed). Looking back at Macbeth now, King Duncan's murder was not well thought out and could have been planned and timed better if it were not for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's ambition to have Macbeth king. If it were not for their ambition, the possibility of a better planned murder could have been involved. "If chance will have...
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