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by William Shakespeare

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Discuss the role of motivation for the characters of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the Three Witches.

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Macbeth is chiefly motivated by his unchecked political ambition. He desires to take the throne despite knowing that such ambition is devious and destructive. Although he, at times, hesitates to follow through with the plan of murdering Duncan, his "black and deep desires" prove to be too powerful to be ignored. With the help of Lady Macbeth, who verbally manipulates her husband, he summons enough courage and murders the innocent king:

Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell.

Lady Macbeth is primarily motivated by her lust for power and...

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