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Macbeths Vaulting Ambition Puts Him in an Evil Frame of Mind A favorable character trait when carried to the point of obsession can often have disastrous effects William Shakespeare particularly highlights this idea in his tragedy Macbeth Macbeths actions are the result of his own ambitions to be king Macbeths reaction to the witches prophecies is one example of his ambition to be king Macbeth is told he will become Thane of Cawdor and soon after king When he hears the news he takes it seriously meanwhile Banquo is uncertain about what has been told Ross and Angus arrive to tell Macbeth that he has become the Thane of Cawdor Macbeth then realizes that two of the prophecies have come true Macbeth wants to become king The temptation of murder ran through his mind Macbeth wants to fulfill his ambition to be king Killing Duncan is vital in this case Initially he is hesitant but by the help of his wife and his vaulting ambition he kills Duncan It is noted that Having succumbed to his ambition to gain the crown by whatever means Macbeth murders Duncan a guest in his own castle and this deed inexorably commits him to a career of evil which leads to ruin Lamar 8 Afterwards Macbeth is feeling a bit guilty He feels as though his hands can never be purified again But Macbeth is still on this killing streak He kills the guards because he thinks they know what he has done Since two prophecies have come true the third that Banquos heirs will be kings is assumed by Macbeth to be valid also Macbeth wants to keeps his power This killing spree has not stopped yet In order to keep power therefore Macbeth must kill Banquo and his son Fleance Banquo is killed and Fleance has escapes Macbeth does not want anyone to know what murders he has committed He says False face must hide
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