Macbeth-Ambition

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    • Intro: Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a tragic play that talks about how a once respected and loyal individual has a dire downfall due to his excessive ambition
    • act 3
      • " I am in blood steepp'd in so far,that, should i wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er" - Macbeth
        • Presents Macbeth's emotional state following the murders of Banquo and the king Duncan. His quote reveals that he doesn't know what to do , but does realize that to attempt to find salvation for his crimes will prove just as tedious  as the murderous path he has chosen for himself due to his excessive ambition.
        • Due to his excessive ambition Macbeth has become unsympathetic and detached you can see this when he uses the word "tedious" which means boring so he doesn't feel awful about his crimes and  the murders he has committed.
    • Act 2
      • Methought I heard a voice cry "Sleep no more!Macbeth does murder sleep."
        • Because if Macbeth   let ambition take over him he will now feeling guilty we know this because he is now hallucinating .This quote reflects the fact that Macbeth murdered Duncan in his sleep. The voices are nothing more than Macbeth’s moral conscience seeping through, no longer able to be suppressed.
      • 'Gainst nature still! Thriftless ambition, that will ravin up Thine own lives' means! Then 'tis most likeThe sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.
        • Ambition is what Ross believe let  Donalbain + Malcolm kill their father.
    • Act 1
      • Vaulting ambition, which overlaps itself And falls on the other
        • At the beginning of the play Macbeth is portrayed as an honorable general when he killed the king of Norway. But know his actions are not driven by honor but negative and excessive ambition we can see this when he uses the word "Vaulting".
      • Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,
    • Macbeth is a man of action, and this vice supersedes his moral conscience: It is this trait that enables his ambitious desires.As his character develops throughout the play, action eclipses Macbeth's morals. With each murder, his moral conscience is suppressed, and he never struggles with the subsequent murders as much as he did with Duncan.For example, Macbeth kills Lady Macduff and her children without hesitation.
    • Act 5
      • Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death.
        • Near the end, the audience catches a glimpse of the brave soldier who appeared at the beginning of the play. In one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful speeches, Macbeth knows that he is short on time. The armies have amassed outside the castle and there is no way he can win, but he does what any man of action would do: fight.Macbeth seems to realize in this speech the cost of his unchecked ambition. But, it is too late: There is no reversing the consequences of Macbeth's evil opportunism.

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