Macbeth is a play about man�s desire for power

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Unformatted text preview: Jonathan Mann Macbeth Paper Professor English 2 Macbeth is a play about man’s desire for power, and the lengths at which people go to acquire it. However the main theme that I have chosen to write about in this paper is the theme of ambition, specifically discussing unforeseen ambition and its consequences. The theme of ambition is present throughout the whole play, as it the source of the major conflict. Macbeth’s ambition to be king begins with a prophecy. Upon his wife hearing the news, she encourages him to take control of his destiny. Ambition becomes a dangerous thing though; especially if your friends with Macbeth. Ambition is best illustrated best through three different scenes in the book. This is specifically shown in Act 1 Scene III, Act 3 Scene 1, and Act IV Scene 1. “To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly, That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win: thou’ldst have, great Glamis. That which cries “Thus thou must do, if thou have it; And that which rather thou dost fear to do Than wishest should be undone.” Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear; And chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have thee crown’d withal. “ This quote by Lady Macbeth starts the beginning of the conflict. Lady Macbeth is even more ambitious for Macbeth to become the Thane of Cawdor than he is. Ironically, Lady Macbeth’s ambition seems to be the fuel behind the initial killing of Duncan....
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course ENGL 002 taught by Professor Gordon during the Spring '08 term at Hofstra University.

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