Ambition in "Macbeth" Book Review by Nicky

Ambition in "Macbeth"
An analysis of the theme of ambition in Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth".
# 145493 | 957 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 12, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (MacBeth)

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The paper demonstrates how it is the ambition of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth that drives the play forward. The paper further shows how the ambition of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is often accompanied, or even illustrated by, the image of blood.

From the Paper:

"Macbeth is first mentioned by the witches in the very first scene of the play, when the witches decide to head to "the heath. / There to meet with Macbeth" (Act I, sc. 1, 6-7). Not that it is too surprising, but the witches let the reader know that Macbeth survives the battle. More details are told in the following scene, when the Sergeant says Macbeth fought while "disdaining fortune" (I, 2, 17). Both of these mentions of Macbeth are evidence of his fame, among the mortals and the weird sisters. The reader, therefore, already has an image of Macbeth as a person that seeks--and achieves--glory despite risk, and the battle description is also quite bloody. In addition, Macbeth's own sword "smoked with bloody execution," making the deaths he caused sound almost official and yet also violent, foreshadowing his rise to real official power (I, 1, 18). Even this early in the play, the image of blood and the theme of ambition are united in this character. The Sergeant that delivers the description of Macbeth's valor does so even as he is bleeding nearly to death from his own wounds, and this is perhaps the clearest early example of the bloody cost at which Macbeth must earn his glory and power."

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