Where in "Macbeth" does it show Macbeth being most ambitious?Where in "Macbeth" does it show Macbeth being most ambitious?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Once his political ambition was aroused, Macbeth wanted only one thing: to become King of Scotland. Before he actually killed Duncan, however, Macbeth's ambition wavered, sometimes receding, then reasserting itself, becoming stronger each time. Macbeth's ambition reached its height with the vicious and cowardly murder of the King. Once Macbeth's ambition is realized when he is crowned, his subsequent vile acts are committed only in order to retain power. 

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That's hard to say.  Macbeth shows a tremendous amount of ambition in Act 3, sc. 2, when he orders the murder of Banquo because he fears Banquo might suspect him of Duncan's murder.  But, when he declares that he will have Macduff's family killed at the end of Act 4, sc. 1, that shows plenty of ambition on his part.  Almost all of Act 5 shows an ambition Macbeth fighting to the bitter end.  But the place where he probably shows the most ambition is Act 1, sc. 3 after Ross has told him that he's been named the new Thane of Cawdor, thus bringing about one of the witches' prophecies.  His aside in lines 148-163 show great ambition. later in Act 1, sc. 4, when Duncan claims that Malcolm is the next in line to the throne, Macbeth's ambition leaps to the forefront again with his aside at the end of that scene.

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viiladyjane | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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no need

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