Essay by No FearHigh School, 10th gradeB+, January 1996

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Uncontrolled ambition brings about the downfall of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

The play Macbeth can give many different views of itself. The one that I mainly see is ambition. The ambitions that Macbeth has are not bad but the way that he wants to get them are. Lady Macbeth helps him along the way.

At the start of the play when Macbeth and Banquo meet the 3 witches is when him ambitions are repeated to him:

'All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee thane of Glamis!'

'All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee thane of Cawdor!'

'All hail Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter!'

Macbeth hears these prophecies and remembers his ambition to become king but he isn't the Thane of Cawdor, so it mustn't be true. Soon after some men ride up to Macbeth and Banquo and give the title of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth. Macbeth thinks about what the witches said, the second prediction has come true.

The third one still remains, their prediction of Macbeth becoming king. This is when Macbeth decides to speed up the prediction by killing Duncan.

Macbeth was a great warrior and served the kink well but always had those ambitions in the back of his mind, taking every chance possible to get there. Now he has seen his chance, the witches predictions have pushed Macbeth to killing the king. Macbeth has a few doubts but Lady Macbeth brings him over them and pushes him to go through with it.

Macbeth's ambition was always there but now with the witches prophecies and his wife's support, he has decided to do it. Lady was more evil than Macbeth, Macbeth had doubts which made him weak, but Lady Macbeth didn't, she had no remorse. She shut out her feminine side, this is shown when Macbeth...