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            Macbeth, written by William
Shakespeare, is the tragic story of  Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by
power and greed. Macbeth is a
virtuous, well-respected man known by many, but his ambition to be king leads
him to his eventual demise and the blame for his death, is Macbeth himself. Macbeth
is certainly responsible for his own actions which are motivated by Lady
Macbeth, the witches,  his ambition, and an refusal to listen to his own
sense of right and wrong. Throughtout the play, ambition is shown to be a
strong desire to do or to achieve success, yet it can mislead some to act
wrong. The virtue of ambition, can display the real side of someone.

            At
the start of the story, the three witches are introduced and they tell Macbeth
that he will turn out to be the Thane of Cawdor and that he will come to be the
King of Scotland. Macbeth does not believe their statement, but soonly after
being entitled Thane of Cawdor, his view shifts. Later in the story, pressure
is applied by Lady Macbeth and his ambition kicks arises. “I have no spur / To
prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition.” (1.7.25-27). In
past quote, Macbeth indicates on how his desire is all he has pushing him near
the killing of King Duncan. Macbeth thought it was right for doing it, because
he believed in the prophecy foretold by the three witches. Macbeth’s drive exposes
his true wants. Mainly like Macbeth, anybody’s ambition can give them the sureness
to perform on their inner thoughts. With the following quote Macbeth, imagines
that there is a dagger guiding him to King Duncan. “Proceeding from the
heat-oppressèd brain? / I see thee yet, in form as palpable / As this which now
I draw. / Thou marshall’st me the way that I was going, / And such an
instrument I was to use.” (2.1.40-44). Macbeth’s mind shaped the dagger that spoke
him to murder Duncan, which displays that Macbeth’s ambition can mislead him to
do wrong. Ambition can show the wrong side of people.

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            After the slaughter of King Duncan,
Macbeth’s ambition and ego raised. Macbeth is now king and has developed
enemies. At this part, Banquo has begun suspicious  of Macbeth. Banquo recalls the three witches
prophecy and it seemed too fitting that King Duncan dies and that soon after Macbeth
was named King. After King Duncan was slaughtered, Macbeth had attained a lot
of self-confidence. Macbeth felt safe enough to hide up his past acts. He
decided to also kill Banquo, so that no one would ever find about the witches prophecy.
“To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings! / Rather than so, come fate into
the list, / And champion me to th’ utterance.” (3.1.73-75). In the previous
quote, Macbeth discusses to himself about the altercation with fate. This is an
example of Macbeth’s determination to stay King, which tips him to make the
wrong decision. As the story develops, more of Macbeth is revealed.

            Deeper in the play, Macbeth revisits
the witches. At this mark, he has become self-destructive and will do whatever
it takes to keep his place in the chain. After receiving information Macbeth perceives
Macduff as a threat. Unfortunately for Macbeth, Macduff is in England helping
Malcom to build an army to take back the throne in Scotland. Macbeth knowing
that, he is not able to kill Macduff if he is in England, so Macbeth sends killers
to murder his family. Macbeth expect that this will a death threat. “The castle
of Macduff I will surprise, / Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword /
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls.” (4.1.157-159). In previous
quote, one can truly realize Macbeth’s true self display. Macbeth is now merciless,
and will rest at nothing to get what he wants. Macbeth’s ambition to keep his authority
leads him deeper down a dark pathway.

            In Conclusion, Macbeth is influenced
by the three witches, Lady Macbeth, and his own ambition. In the end, Macbeth is
responsible for his own death. Ambition is essential, and existing in all great
people, but ambition can be used to push someonoe in a positive or negative way.
Even though Macbeth’s ambition led him down a dark path, it brought him to his
throne and also led him to his death. The play Macbeth tells a story about a tragic hero who falls to his eventual
demise. Ambition is not a bad thing nor a good thing on its own, but if it is directed
wrong way, ambition may misguide your conscious and self righteous thoughts. Finally,
the virtue, ambition, which is shown throughout the play, has ultimately brought
Macbeth to his own downfall. 

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