What are some quotes that show Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's greed for the throne? "Greed is the ultimate sin" is my essay topic prompt.

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Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both characters that definitely display greed.  Both characters desire more power.  That’s Macbeth’s tragic flaw.  He has unrestrained ambition.  Ambition, by itself, isn’t a bad thing; however, in Macbeth’s case, his ambition and greed push him to seek out and keep that power regardless of the cost.  For Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, the end justifies the means.  

Audiences get an early taste of Macbeth’s greedy capabilities in Act I, Scene 4.  Macbeth says a very quick aside before exiting the stage.  

[Aside] The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step

On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,

For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;

Let not light see my black and deep desires.

The quote shows that Macbeth realizes his greed.  He knows it’s there, and it scares him a bit.  Perhaps it scares him a bit because he never considered that he was capable of contemplating killing a king, or perhaps it scares him because he knows what could happen to...

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