What is ambition? Ambition is described as eager for success, power or fame. For Macbeth, Ambition was what drove him to become great, it forced him to change his nature towards evil. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth was portrayed as a courageous soldier who fought for his King without mercy. But once the witches planted the seeds of greater things and Lady Macbeth fuelled his ambition, which lead him to become greedy and power hungry. We can see a clear building of desire throughout the play. Macbeth was led down to an un-escapable road of doom by an outside force, namely fate in the form of the three witches. Macbeth is indeed responsible for his own actions, which are provoked by an unwillingness to listen to his own conscience, the witches, and his ambition. The witches tempted Macbeth with their prophecies, which made Macbeths heart and mind slowly filled with ambition and his huger for power. The witches predicted that Macbeth would soon become the Thane of Cawdor and eventually the King of Scotland. They tell Macbeth this, simply to ignite what would finally end up being a burning desire for success. Lady Macbeth then helps Macbeth by inserting ill thoughts into his mind, and provided suggestions as to how to become King. At first, Macbeth rejects the evil in his mind but eventually he succumbs to evil for his ambition is far too great. The effect of the witches and their prophecies on Macbeth was very great, but it was quite clearly shown that it was only an influence and nothing more. Macbeth was just morally weaker than other human beings such as Banquo, who had very little ambition, Macbeth should been more responsible for his own actions. Lady Macbeth, who acts as a ruthless, overpowering woman who dominates her husband and his actions. She makes Macbeth’s decisions for him without giving him any say in his own actions, and she orders her husband to do what she determines to be best for him. It was Lady Macbeth …
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