Is Macbeth or Lady Macbeth more ambitious in the play Macbeth?

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Lady Macbeth is more ambitious, though her ambition has to be largely vicarious. These are her first words in the play, after reading her husband's letter:

Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be
What thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great;
Art not without ambition, but without
The illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly,
That wouldst thou holily...

First, there is the exclamation of triumph, not for herself but for him. Despite her great strength of character, Lady Macbeth knows that she is...

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Lady Macbeth more ambitious between the two because she is a very passionate, angry, ruthless and determined character.

A proof is that, Macbeth was having second thoughts about murdering King Duncan, where as Lady Macbeth says that she would rather kill her own child then back out of the plan to kill King Duncan.

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offcourse lady macbeth is more ambitious than macbeth beacuse we see through out the play that how she manilulates her husband. And from macbeth's quotes we come to know that he's not willing to committ that sin but she challenges his manhood and provokes him to do so as she says that i would have killed Duncan if he"d not resemble my father..

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Undoubtedly,in the play Macbeth has been portrayed as an ambitious personnel but at the same time he is well aware of his own limited means.He had a tinge of fear in his mind which has been openly divulged in the "MURDER SCENE".He is frightened of every noise around him.Many a times ,he doubts the appropriateness of his enterprise.His sense of guilty-consciousness portrays an imaginary dagger in front of his eyes.His actions were often guided by his wife and her timely motivating gesticulations and provocations.Perhaps,he would not have commited the murder of Duncan had he not been strongly tempted by his wife.

     While on the other hand,Lady Macbeth becomes very keen to watch Macbeth as King just after receiving his letter.Her verbal signs of motivation towards her husband is indeed a noteworthy manifestation of her ambitious nature.Perhaps,she temporarily loses her real identity.She deliberately calls upon darkness to hide her evil intentions.She also doubts Macbeth's manhood when Macbeth expresses his reluctance in going along their plan.She also says that she is even ready to pull up his milk-feeding baby from her breasts and dash its brains against the walls just to keep her word.She even shows her desire to kill their guest King Duncan with her own hands but fails to do so as her face resembles her own father's.Such statements show that extreme ambition has deviated both her 'mind and body' from its normal course of action .

        These points are probably quite suggestive of the fact that Lady Macbeth is more ambitious than Macbeth Himself.


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