Macbeth Essays On Ambition

Posted by / 23-Dec-2020 00:42

Shakespeare's ''Macbeth'' is full of ambitious characters doing great and evil deeds.

This lesson offers essay topic questions for your students to better consider ambition's role in this tragic play.

Also, not a major mistake, but don't use contractions such as 'doesn't' in your first paragraph, keep a formal tone. E.g the snake could be a religious allusion (reference to Adam/Eve story - power of evil) and link that back to your point. A few points could be evidenced and considered further, however.

Towards the beginning of the play in Act 1 Scene 3 when Macbeth receives the prophecies from the witches and one is immediately fulfilled, Shakespeare presents him as very ambitious through his soliloquy, “Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs.” Macbeth is shown immediately to be imagining the “horrid image” of Duncan’s murder after the witches’ prophecy that suggested he could become king, highlighting his “dark and deep desire” for power.

For an Elizabethan audience, this would have been extremely shocking as in those days, when everyone was religious, killing the king was seen to be the ultimate sin as the king was believed to have been chosen by God.

This strongly emphasises his ambition as he is imagining committing regicide despite the Divine Right of Kings and the fact that Duncan is his kin.

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You have incorporated the quotes into your sentences and have used well-chosen quotes.

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Also, the violent verbs “scorch” and “kill” imply that his ambition will make him do anything to hold on to power; it is a foreshadowing of the murder of his best friend that he is about to commit.