How does Shakespeare convey the theme of Ambition through the technique of Imagery? The tragedy ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare conveys the theme of ambition and the devastation that follows...

How does Shakespeare convey the theme of Ambition through the technique of Imagery?

The tragedy ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare conveys the theme of ambition and the devastation that follows when moral boundaries are passed through a central character being Lady Macbeth, reinforced by the use of Imagery. Lady Macbeth is a driving force supporting her husband to seize the crown at any given opportunity and to any extent fuelled by her ambition.

“Come to my woman’s breasts, and take my milk for gall” is the phrase Lady Macbeth utters in her soliloquy which reveals her ruthlessness and strong ambition as a character.  Shakespeare offers the imagery of Lady Macbeth’s “milk” which is a symbol of nurturing being replaced by a vile poisonous acid known as “gall”. Here, Lady Macbeth’s ambition is evident as the expresses a lengthy extent to which she will go in order for her to assist her husband in obtaining the crown to Scotland. Furthermore, she calls upon evil spirits do such things to her as she believes such qualities of feminism prevent her from committing the murder she would have undertaken herself had she possessed the masculine-like traits of the time in order to pursue her extensive ambition. Finally, Shakespeare conveys the theme of Ambition through the use of imagery within Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy as she expresses her extreme lengths she will go to in a bid for her husband to gain the throne of Scotland.

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I think your paragraph is spot on in content.  There are some flow issues and typos, which will stand out if you read the paragraphs out loud.  For example, "Here, Lady Macbeth’s ambition is evident as the expresses a lengthy extent to which she will go."  There's something goofy going on with your wording.  Maybe you mean "is evident as she expresses the extent to which she will go . . . "  

I would drop your last sentence.  Or reword it.  When you say "finally," your reader is expecting another piece of evidence to be discussed.  There isn't any in that last sentence. You could simply drop the word "finally" and the sentence reads as a much stronger closing sentence. 

The opening short paragraph mentions "ambition and devastation."  No problem there, except that the following paragraph only discusses ambition.  Get rid of devastation or find an example of devastating imagery.  I always think that more examples and evidence are better for student writing than fewer.  Use Act 1 Scene 7.  Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he won't kill Duncan.  She proceeds to insult him in a variety of ways.  The best lines of the entire thing though are when Lady Macbeth provides graphically violent imagery to her husband.  

 "I have given suck, and know
How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this."

Are you kidding me? That's brutal!  She would rip a feeding baby off her breasts and bash its head in!  That's imagery for devastation and some hardcore ambition.  

Lastly, your second paragraph mentions Lady Macbeth's desire to take on masculine qualities.  Nice job on that bit of imagery.  You can further support that statement by providing the line of text that talks about "unsexing" herself. 

". . . unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty!"

Best of luck on your exam. 

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