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The three kings in Shakespeares play Macbeth Duncan Malcolm and Macbeth have quite different ways of ruling The three kings that reign in Macbeth each have a different perspective on their ambition Macbeth is an extremely ambitious man who will do just about anything to achieve his goals He is never satisfied even after he is given the title as Thane of Cawdor This just makes him want the throne even more The Prince of Cumberland That is a step on which I must fall down or else oer leap for in my way it lies p 159 After Duncan announced that his eldest son Malcolm would be heir to the throne Macbeth decided he must kill Duncan in order to gain the throne This is the kind of sick ambition that Macbeth shows throughout the play Duncan is a much less ambitious man than Macbeth He really shows little ambition during his small part in the play In the opening act of Macbeth the only ambition that Duncan shows is when he finds that the Thane of Cawdor is a traitor What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won p 151 Duncan is talking about giving the title of Thane to Macbeth He shows a bit of ambition in doing this Malcolm is King Duncans son When his father is killed he flees along with his brother His ambition is not necessarily to be king but eventually to find and kill the man who killed his father He also wants to get Macbeth off the throne He leads a revolt against Macbeth Cousins I hope the days are near at hand that chambers will be safe p 216 Malcolm is a
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