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Ambition is a quality that enables man to evolve physically and spiritually However in Shakespeares tragic play of Macbeth it is not just pure ambition the protagonist embodies his ambition further develops into hubris which ultimately leads to his demise Perhaps the most valid reason for why Macbeth is so tragic is the fact that Macbeth in the incipient stages of the play is so innocent and unworldly as Lady Macbeth describes him like thinnocent flower However upon hearing the witchs prophecies his reputation is defiled as he steps into a realm of evil and more tragically finds that he has in blood stepped in so far that should he wade no more returning were as tedious as go oer As the play progresses he becomes more of a serpent and two soliloquies in Act I vii and Act III i illustrate this gradual change In Act I vii we peek inside Macbeths mind for the first time in the play through his first soliloquy At this point the audience is curious to find out how he responds to the prophecy of the witches and the seductions of his wife In this soliloquy he is yet thinnocent flower and moreover he displays his judiciousness as a brave warrior by contemplating the consequences of murdering the King something Lady Macbeth does not bother to do in her attempt to convert her husband into a sinister character In addition Shakespeare uses euphemism to give the impression that Macbeth is keeping the murder covert by avoiding using the actual word murder Instead he uses words such as this blow and the deed to camouflage the murder even from his own conscience because it is so dreadful The fact that he rationally calculates the consequences of his deed is evidence that he has made a conscious choice thus more moral blame can be attributed to him In modern society murder brings much horror upon us However
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