Is Macbeth Ambitious Or Misguided Man

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Twistedly ambitious or Misguided Man

As the story unfolds we get to know a brave ambitious man. Macbeth cut up the field of battle without a thought for any gain for himself but only to serve the needs of his king. When hearing the prophecies did the wheels start turning as to what he could become. One could make the argument that Macbeth’s killing spree stemmed from his pure ambition or thirst for power.He is unmanned by his wife with but a few words spurring him on to a ghastly deed. It is evident that although he is ambitious, Macbeth is heavily influenced by his wife and the witches prophecies.
Macbeth is driven by the witches prophecies. “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!, All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!, All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!”(1.3.49-51) Macbeth was aware that he is the thane of Glamis and knew that the thane of Cawdor was alive so he is taken aback to be called the thane of Cawdor and the future king. Macbeth is disbelieving until a messenger arrived telling him that he is now under the king’s decree the thane of Cawdor. The king's messenger Ross had come to tell Macbeth that he was “...an earnest of a greater honor, He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor In which addition, hail, most worthy thane, For it is thine.”(1.3.105-108). After being notified of this, Macbeth and Banquo continue on to see Duncan accompanied by Ross and Angus.
Upon reaching the castle Macbeth
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He enjoys the thought that he can become the ruler but also feels a bit of remorse at such thoughts. Macbeth feels that taking such action against a great man is an atrocity in itself especially as he is a guest in his home supposedly safe from harm. He eventually does kill Duncan but only because his wife emasculates him and goads him into following along with the dark and evil

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