“If you get what you want and you’re still not happy, you’ve spent everything and gained nothing.” We can be reminded of this play, that most people don’t appreciate what they have and always expect more. The play Macbeth, is about two friends that are met by three strange witches displaying prophetic greetings. Macbeth was told that he would become king. The play continues to follow and haunt the character of Macbeth in darkness and despair as he seeks the crown disregarding the consequences that come his way. A character that stood out in this play was Macbeth. Throughout the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth can be viewed as brave, guilty, and ambitious.
The character of Macbeth, as presented in the play shows many ways of him being brave. “For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—.” This quote shows when we first heard about Macbeth, he was getting praised and worshipped for his braveness in defeating the Thane of Cawdor. This quote exemplifies bravery because Macbeth is risking everything including his life on the battlefield for the king. “But screw your courage to the sticking place,And we’ll not fail.
” That quote is another example how Macbeth exemplified bravery. Macbeth was scared what the consequences were going to be, and was confused if he wanted to kill King Duncan. But Lady Macbeth judged his manness.
Macbeth throughout the scene, grew the courage to agree to kill King Duncan. The last quote that demonstrates Macbeth’s bravery is “”I’ll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked” This quote means that Macbeth will risk his life and fight to his death when he heard that an army is coming to overthrow him. Macbeth, throughout the play showed many signs of guilt from the acts that occurred.”I am in blood Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er.”In this quote, it shows Banquo as ghost tormenting Macbeth and making him realize that he is changing as a person completely.
He committed such acts, just to become king. He committed murder and has to live with that guilt as long as he lives. “One cried, ‘God bless us!’ and ‘Amen,’ the other, as they had seen me with these hangman’s hands. List’ning their fear, I could not say ‘Amen,’ when they did say ‘God bless us’. Methought, I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep.
” This quote is explaining that after killing King Duncan, Macbeth’s life becomes full of guilt and sorrow. The word “Amen” is used by him very frequently, but because of what he did, Macbeth believes God isn’t protecting him anymore. Macbeth is unable to use the word “Amen”, because he is suffering with so much guilt. The next example correlates with the other two examples. “How is’t with me, when every noise appals me? / What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes. / Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather / The multitudinous seas incarnadine, / Making the green one red. ” This quote demonstrates Macbeth’s guilt when he brings the daggers with him after killing King Duncan. His hands covered with blood symbolizes guilt and fear.
He himself doesn’t believe his hands are even his anymore, because of his guilt. The murder of King Duncan is the beginning of Macbeth’s life of darkness and guilt. Ambition is seen throughout the play. Ambition is the main theme of this play. Macbeth is the character that demonstrates the theme of Ambition throughout this play. Macbeth’s ambition was the main reason he turned from a noble respected man to a tyrant.
“The Prince of Cumberland: that is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies.”This quote demonstrates how much Macbeth wants to be king and will do anything he can in his power to become king. Macbeth understands to become king, he needs to kill King Duncan. Macbeth wants to become king so bad that he is willing to commit murder. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself.” This quote displays Macbeth’s ambition taking over him.
Macbeth’s does realize the consequences that will come, but his ambition to become king overpowers his mind. His ambition leads to many murders and crimes throughout this play.””Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more” This quote is the climax of Macbeth’s ambition. The author presented this quote to show how Macbeth’s ambition got to him and overall got him killed at the end. Macbeth showed two sides of ambition. While Macbeth fought this reign as king, he ultimately realized that ambition was meaningless. So at the end of the play he fought honorably to his death. At the end of this play, seeking ambition can be also viewed as a positive thing.
In the play, Macbeth, Ambition was shown throughout the play. Ambition played a huge role in Macbeth’s life which ultimately is the main theme of this play. Macbeth can be viewed as brave, guilty, and ambitious.
When looking at Macbeth’s life, I can see that I can connect with his character. Macbeth had a strong desire, for power. Everyone has a strong desire for something. But people chose to have different approaches toward their desires or goals. I have a strong desire to finally graduate high school, so I can start my next chapter in my life and become successful.
That is the desire I have and will do anything that comes my way to accomplish that goal.