English 10 Honors
May 30th, 2012
Blinded Ambition in Macbeth
The Tragedy of Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Macbeth himself is the play’s protagonist. Macbeth is a man who was consumed by ambition from his wife Lady Macbeth and both characters could not escape from the guilt caused. Macbeth is the main character in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. Macbeth is known as a noble and gifted man who chooses to become a treacherous character. The character Macbeth is interesting because he is well aware of the horror of his deeds. In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth’s growing ambition changed him from a respected war-hero to a ruthless murderer. As Macbeth became a ruthless murderer, guilt began to play a huge part in his life. His own guilt began to haunt him. Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play is the wife of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is known for being an ambitious person for honor, superiority, and power. Lady Macbeth plays a very commanding and persuasive character in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. She persuades her husband Macbeth into a greedy ambitious person. Macbeth listens to his wife and gets his way of becoming king through murder. With that, Lady Macbeth plays a controlling wife throughout the play. As said by Darroll, A.C Bradley writes in his Shakespearean Tragedy, She takes the superior position and assumes the direction of affairs- appears to assume it even more than really can, that she may spur him on . . . she bears down his faint resistance by presenting him with a prepared scheme. She rouses him with a taunt no man can bear. . .It is . . . through the admiration she extorts from him and through sheer force of will, that she impels him to the deed. Her eyes are fixed upon the crown and the means to it . . . (Darroll 49-50)
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have a loving and different relationship. In the beginning of the play both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are comfortable with sharing and giving advice to each other. They were both...
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