Macbeth’s Ambition

Macbeth’s Ambition
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The play is d “No fear,” by Shakespeare and it reveals how Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, had greed and ambition, to take over the crown of Cumberland, thus he went to the extent of killing Duncan, the king, just to achieve their ambition. Macbeth, though supported by his wife has his own ambition to become king; this can be proved by a number of quotes from the play.

In Shakespeare’s play, “No fear,” Macbeths own ambition to become king, comes out where he tries to convince himself by thinking, “The prince of Cumberland, that is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies. Stars hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done to se.” (1. 4. 3). From this quote it can be deduced that Macbeth had his own ambitions to be king that’s why he killed Duncan since though he is scared and hesitant to kill Malcolm, Duncan’s son who was to take over the throne, as portrayed in the quote, he still convinces himself that he is going to do it, thus he asks the stars to hide their lights so no one can see the evil within him.

Macbeth’s own ambition to become king can also be seen in Shakespeare’s play, “No fear,” as Lady Macbeth reads the letter with the news of the prophecy, that Macbeth would become king of Cumberland, she ends her news by saying, “…this have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner in greatness…” (1. 5. 1), from her statement from the quote it can be conclude that, though Lady Macbeth, Macbeths wife, wanted her husband to become the king, Macbeth wanted it also as much and that is why she refers to him as “my partner in greatness,”, meaning they had the same interest and they were in it together, thus Macbeth also has his own ambition to become king and that is why he later killed Duncan, the king at the time.

From the play, “No fear” by Shakespeare, Macbeths own ambition to become king is revealed. This comes out when he tells the servants, “…who wear our health but sickly in his life, which in his death were perfect.” (3. 1. 4), this was after the witches named Banquo, “father to a line of kings.” Macbeth felt threatened and the fact that he is willing to kill Banquo, his best friend, even though his wife tries to convince him, not to commit any more murders, and he still proceeds to order his servants to kill him, shows that he cannot even stand to see that his best friend’s sons succeed the king. He was willing to go to all extent, for him and his lineage, to remain kings, when he says that, he will challenge fate to battle and fight to the death.


From these quotes from the play, “No fear’” by Shakespeare, it can be concluded that, though Macbeth’s wife , Lady Macbeth, wanted Macbeth to become the king of Cumberland, Macbeth personally had his own ambition to become king too and thus went to all extent, even by killing Duncan, just so he could be the king.

Work cited
Crowther, John, ed. “No Fear Macbeth.” SparkNotes LLC. 2005. Web. 18 Oct. 2011. Print.