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Macbeth extended essay - the aim of this investigation is to state how ambition affects the major characters and to depict the representation of Macbeths ambition in the Shakespeares play, Macbeth.

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[Macbeth Ambition Analysis] CONTENTS * Title Page 1 * Content Page 2 * Abstract 3 * Essay o Introduction 4 o Main body 4 * Macbeth * Lady Macbeth * Macduff o Conclusion 6 * Bibliography/ Sources 7 Abstract First of all, the aim of this investigation is to state how ambition affects the major characters and to depict the representation of Macbeth's ambition in the Shakespeare's play, Macbeth. The investigation explains how ambition first grew inside two of the most notable Macbeth characters of the play; Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was the first one to be obsessed with the kingship. With her words, she was successful to influence Macbeth. It also explains how the ambition affects and influences some of the major characters, such as Lady Macbeth, Macduff, and of course, Macbeth. The impacts will be shown as the changes and dynamics of these characters throughout the play, such as how Macbeth's ambition triggers Macduff into revenge, how the evil Lady Macbeth turns into a woman with full of guilty feeling, and vice versa in Macbeth's case. Moreover, this investigation also explains how ambition and greed illustrate many of the main points, such as representations of Macbeth's personality and the messages of the pay, and how it connects to the theme. ...read more.


Ironically, later in the play she is anxious about her own past murders. As the play goes on, she keeps acting strangely, for instance the sleepwalking scene, talking to herself, and when she imagines washing off the blood of her past murders out of her hands. Lady Macbeth: ''Out damned spot! Out, I say! One, two. Why then 'tis time to do't. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear? Who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?'' <Act 5, Scene 1, line 30-34> This shows that Lady Macbeth's own ambition have affected her. Ironically, the ambition she has later turns into an uncontainable guilt that almost makes her end up insane. Macduff is, in addition, also one of the characters influenced by greed and ambition. However, Macduff's ambition is influenced by Macbeth's, not of Macduff himself. Macduff slights Macbeth; Macduff's anger triggers him to kill Macbeth to avenge the death of his family. Macduff: "My wife and children's ghosts will haunt me still. I cannot strike at wretched kerns whose arms are hired to bear their staves; either thou, Macbeth, or else my sword with an unbuttered edge I sheath again undeeded. ...read more.


Macbeth: "I have almost forgot the taste of fears; The time has been, my senses would have cooled to hear a night-shriek and my fell of hair would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir as life were in't. I have supped full with horrors; direness familiar to my slaughterous thoughts cannot once start me. Wherefore was that cry?" <Act 5, Scene 5, line 9-15> The greed and ambition itself tell the reader an important message: to be careful with what you want and to always remember not to sacrifice people you love just for the sake of your desires. Even though the message isn't told directly in the play, it can be shown as the play goes on; Macbeth is very selfish about his throne and would do anything to keep it. The ambition also represents the theme of the play; Ambition for certain desires can blind a man. Briefly, the investigation concludes how ambition affects Shakespeare's Macbeth in a dominating matter. Ambition is what started the play; it also creates the main conflict of the play. The ambition sums up how one's desire and greediness are able to change characters' way of thinking or acting: from the starting point of the ambition growing, the effects on the main characters of the play, and the symbolizations and representation in the play. It can be clearly shown that ambition and greed played a significant part in the play. ...read more.

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