Macbeth: driven by ruthless ambition and tortured by regret

SHAKESPEARE'S MACBETH INVITES US TO LOOK INTO THE WORLD OF A MAN DRIVEN ON BY RUTHLESS AMBITION AND TORTURED BY REGRET.

The essay title here provokes the student to talk about ruthlessness ambition and regret. Consider the crooks of the essay before you start writing.

Ambition:
-  Macbeth's wish to get ahead no matter what he has to do - listen to witches, kill his friend and the King
-  his obsession with ‘vaulting ambition’
-  he embarks on a tyrannical rule, determined to hold on to power
-  Lady Macbeth, however, questions his capacity to be ruthless
- she is also ambitious, beyond even realising what the consequences may be
-  his soliloquies repeatedly qualify the ruthlessness of his character

Regret:
-  Macbeth wrestles with his conscience
-  he is plagued by visions of his evil deeds and their consequences
-  following the murder of Duncan he is incoherent and tormented
-  he is haunted by the realisation that he has achieved a ‘fruitless crown’
and a ‘barren sceptre’
-  his mind is ‘full of scorpions’
-  for him life becomes progressively more empty and worthless
- Lady Macbeth suffers decent into maddness as she if haunted by the blood on her hands

These are closely related to what is on the State Examinations Commission Marking Scheme. Have a look at a few to know what it is the examiners want.

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