Ambition

Topics: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, Malcolm III of Scotland Pages: 3 (916 words) Published: June 20, 2013
Macbeth, is another ambitious person in the play. He is a ruthless king who has people killed so he can stay in power, this ambition represents violence. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a kind person who would never kill anyone for power. After his wife convinces him to kill Duncan, Macbeth's life will never be the same ever again. Every murder he commits will haunt him until he is dead and the unbearable guilt will destroy him and his wife. Macbeth slowly becomes accustomed to killing and does it more easily and without remorse. Macbeth became king because he was willing to kill Duncan for more power. Macbeth declared, “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition.” (1. 7. 25-28) Macbeth's desire and ambition to have more power is what drives him to kill Duncan. Macbeth believes the only thing that he has against Duncan is that he is in his way, which means, Duncan must go. Not only did Macbeth's ambition drive him to murder Duncan to become king, it also makes him worry about the second prophecy, dealing with Banquo's sons becoming king. Macbeth dreads the idea of Banquo's son's being kings. Since Macbeth is sinful, he will not let anything get in the way, not even friendship,in his desire to become king of Scotland. “They hailed him father to a line of kings, upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, and put a barren sceptre in my gripe, thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand, no son of mine succeeding. If't be so, for Banquo's issue have I filed my mind; For them the gracious Duncan have I murder'd; Put rancours in the vessel of my peace only for them; and mine eternal jewel given to the common enemy of man, to make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings! Rather than so, come fate, into the list, and champion me to the utterance.” (3. 1. 64-76) Macbeth's ambition drove him to kill Banquo in order to ensure his spot as king is secured. This shows how corrupt and villainous Macbeth has become. He will not let...
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