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Who is the more ambitious

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Who is the more ambitious? At the start of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth appear to be very happy; it seems that they have everything they need, Macbeth was the Thane of Glamis, and they had a good relationship. The catalyst for the change between Macbeth and his wife occurs when Macbeth is told of his destiny by the three Witches; he now believes he is capable of greater things. Once he becomes the Thane of Cawdor he tells Lady Macbeth and the seed is sown for the plot against the King. Macbeth realises that the king has to be removed in order for him to obtain the throne but it is Lady Macbeth who plots how this is going to happen and ultimately is the driving force. It is clear that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have the greed to want more and would go to desperate measures to get what they want. When Macbeth first met the witches he was clearly not amused and chose to make nothing of their predictions, 'to be king stands not within prospect of belief'. ...read more.


Macbeth starts to think that maybe it is a bad idea, as he is Duncan's loyal subject and it would be wrong to murder him 'Commends th'ingredience of our poisoned chalice. To our own lips. He's here in double trust' this shows that he is not sure about killing the King, he says that the king is there believing that only good will come of their meeting. Macbeth also thinks about how it would be if the tables were turned and they had to drink out of their own chalice and be murdered. He also says 'We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honoured me of late'. Macbeth says that they shall not continue any further with the plot as Duncan has put too much trust in Macbeth and presented him with his new Role. Lady Macbeth tries to turn his point of thinking around by saying 'Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valour'. Lady Macbeth asks Macbeth if he is afraid as her in her act, she persuades Macbeth to continue with the murder. ...read more.


It's her intention to persuade him to get rid of the obstacles that stand between him and the crown because his fate as King has been foreseen by the Witches. '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 crowned withal. In conclusion it is my opinion that the more ambitious is Lady Macbeth because she seems to be the most cunning, she plans ahead, she manipulates Macbeth in his moments of doubt and she seems devious and ruthless in her pursuit for the crown. Macbeth is the puppet and Lady Macbeth is the puppeteer, an example of this is when she persuades Macbeth to carry out the murder of King Duncan. He actually kills the King, covers up his body and plants the evidence on the King's servants, while Lady Macbeth awaits his news. She clearly is the brains and the stronger one in the partnership and therefore is the more ambitious. By James Robertson 9T ...read more.

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