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Macbeth - Act I, Scene vii, Lines 1-28.

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MACBETH Mark Tiberio January 5, 2004 English 20 IB Period 4 Act I, Scene vii, Lines 1-28 Ambition is a force that plays a major role in everyone's life. In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, he explores the dangerous and destructive powers of unrestrained ambition. He demonstrates the extent that ambition can dominate ones life. Shakespeare uses one of Macbeth's soliloquies, in Act I, scene vii, lines 1-28 to open the door for the major theme of ambition that he develops later on in the play. Ambition is a strength that can lead one to great prosperity, however, if unchecked, it can also lead to great misfortune. In Act I, scene vii, lines 1-28 Macbeth is found debating whether or not to kill the king. He has just left the banquet he is holding in Duncan's honour because he needs time to consider his dilemma. ...read more.

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Besides, this Duncan / Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been / So clear in his great office, that his virtues / Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued against / The deep damnation of his taking-off, / And pity, like a naked new-born babe, / Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin, horsed / Upon the sightless couriers of the air, / Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye / That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself / And falls on th'other." This soliloquy made by Macbeth is quite foreshadowing. At this point in the play Macbeth's fear that "we still have judgement here, that we but teach / Bloody instructions which, being taught, return / To plague th'inventor," foreshadows the way in which his deeds will eventually come back to haunt him. ...read more.

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The primary theme of the play, the destructive powers of unchecked ambition, also becomes apparent in Macbeth's lines. Macbeth confesses that his only reason for killing the king, ambition, seems an inadequate justification for the murder. As Shakespeare's play goes on, it continues to explore and develop the theme of unimpeded ambition. It is, however, this soliloquy that starts this major theme. It is in this speech that we first learn how ambitious Macbeth truly is, the trait the will lead to his downfall and eventual death. This soliloquy by Macbeth not only opens the door for the major theme of ambition to emerge, but it also foreshadows the events to come in the novel. Through this speech William Shakespeare shows how ambition is a major force in life, later showing how devastating it can be. Act I, scene vii, lines 1-28 merely hints at the devastating effects of unchecked ambition, however, Shakespeare uses the rest of his play to fill in the blanks. ...read more.

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