I need evidence which supports the idea that evil ambitions were awakened within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the tragic play Macbeth. I need evidence supports idea that evil ambitions were...

I need evidence which supports the idea that evil ambitions were awakened within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the tragic play Macbeth.

I need evidence supports idea that evil ambitions were awakened within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. I need four quotations, two for each character, that support the idea that both characters experienced an awakening of evil ambitions within them.

  • a copy of the quote along with the act and scene in which it is found
  • who said it (Macbeth or Lady Macbeth)
  • what the quotation means
  • how it supports the idea of evil being awakened within this character

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Shakespeare provides a great amount of support depicting the awakening of evil ambitions in his tragic play Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth:

1. In Act I, Scene v (lines 41-45), Lady Macbeth begs the spirits to "unsex" her.

Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,     
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full     
Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood;     
Stop up the access and passage to remorse.

In the remainder of the quote, she states that she wishes to be made cruel and not feel remorse. She is, basically, asking to be made into a man s that she will be able to do (murder Duncan) based upon the fact that she fears Macbeth is not manly enough to do it. Her evil ambitions exploded upon finding out about the prophecies and the fact that the crown was eminent. Not only is evil ambition awakened in Lady Macbeth, she calls out for it.

2. "A little water clears us of this deed." This quote is found in Act II, scene ii (line 83). Here, Lady Macbeth is stating that the murder of Duncan is "no big deal." Her true evilness is showing. Without the death of Duncan, Macbeth would not be able to claim the throne. Her evil ambition is evident by her passivity at the severity of the murder.

Macbeth:

1. "Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck.": This quote is found in Act III, scene ii (line 45). Macbeth has finally found his own inner evil and his ambition has overridden his ability to discern right from wrong. He is telling Lady Macbeth that he has a plan to insure that he is able to keep the crown. Macbeth has finally become the man Lady Macbeth has dreamed of.

2. "Both of you know, Banquo was your enemy.": This line is found in Act III, scene i (line 114). Macbeth's evil ambition has further been awakened by his need to rid himself of the potential threat which Banquo poses to him. Here, Macbeth is trying to convince the murderers that Banquo is their enemy and that it is only proper to dispose of him. Here, Macbeth's evil ambition is further awakened by the fact that Banquo is the only true threat to the truth about the prophecies coming out.

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