In Macbeth, how are Ambition, Greed and Appearence vs Reality involved in the play? What are some pointsNeed help please!   Thanks!

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I recently responded to a question regarding deception in Macbeth, which would answer your question about "appearance vs. reality" - see the link below, or go to the Macbeth group here on enotes.

Regarding ambition and greed, it is my opinion that Macbeth's ambition is warped because it turns into greed. Ambition per se is not bad, but when someone becomes obsessed by it, the person then covets it and it turns into greed, which is always something negative, whereas ambition does not have to be negative.

Macbeth is ambitious not only to become Thane but to become the King of Scotland. He has doubts about becoming the king, as the witches have predicted, because Duncan is still king and in good health. His wife's ambition is even more warped because she is not willing to wait until something happens to Duncan. She is greedy for her husband to become king so she convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan the very night he returns home. Greed and ambition lead to disaster in Macbeth as Lady Macbeth eventually kills herself and Macbeth is killed by Macduff, who heads the Scottish nobles that are fearful of Macbeth and his evil ways.