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Macbeth Theme of Ambition Essay

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´╗┐Macbeth Themes Essay Macbeth, another brilliant written piece by the famous William Shakespeare, is about a great warrior who gets overly greedy about hearing a prophecy of him eventually becoming king. Macbeth goes onto a killing spree and eliminates anyone who gets in the way of the throne. Macbeth soon realises what he has done, and is too late to undo his mistakes. In this play, there are several important main themes that are brought upon and can be related to today?s society. Firstly, the most important theme of Macbeth is ambition. ...read more.


MACBETH - ?My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is But what is not.?(1.3.9) As soon as the three witches foretell that Macbeth will be king, his view turns to murder, which the sisters have said nothing in relation to. The witches? prophecy awakens inside Macbeth a murderous ambition that was there all along. Leading onto the next theme, the supernatural. The supernatural occurs four times during the play of Macbeth. It occurs in all the appearances of the three witches, in the visions of their prophecies, in the arrival of Banquo?s ghost and in the floating dagger scene. ...read more.


Third Witch Anon. ALL Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air. (1.1.1) The three witches first appearance at the start of the play is certainly dramatic and opens up plenty of questions. For starters, who are they? And what do the want with Macbeth? These witches are certainly ambiguous and confusing. The arrival of Banquo's ghost provides looming information about Macbeth's character. It shows the level that Macbeth's mind has dug in to. When Macbeth sees the ghost, he reacts with horror and scares and upsets his guests. This shows the turning point of Macbeth when he realises what he has done wrong. ...read more.

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