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does anyone have any advice / a copy of an essay on Macbeths ambition at a nat5 level ?
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Organise your quotes by theme.

With ambition, you can look at the dichotomy between LM and M. - Look at the turning point of the play and how it impacted their ambitious relationship

You can look at guilt and how it transformed both LM and M. What happened to their characters etc.

There is a huge comment on didacticism that could be made here too.

I did NAT5 English with Macbeth and did these ^ and got full marks in that section.
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(Original post by blossomblue)
Organise your quotes by theme.

With ambition, you can look at the dichotomy between LM and M. - Look at the turning point of the play and how it impacted their ambitious relationship

You can look at guilt and how it transformed both LM and M. What happened to their characters etc.

There is a huge comment on didacticism that could be made here too.

I did NAT5 English with Macbeth and did these ^ and got full marks in that section.
thank you so much that is really helpful
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Studypro12,

This is probably not the kinds of things you want to hear, but I offer them for your consideration.

1 I see a difference between "ambition" and "want." Macbeth wants to be king as proved by the fact that sometime before the play- as LM points out - he and LM have discussed it.
2. Act 1 Sc 2 makes clear that Macbeth is a loyal patriot and supporter of Duncan.
3. Three times in the play - Acy 1 Sc 3 after he meets the witches he leaves it up to fate 2 when he meets with LM where he cuts the conversation off and informs her they will talk about it later and in Act 1 sc 7 he closes the canversation..

So if Macbeth is ambitious as the question imples why does he put it off three timmes? The answer is that Macbeth knows he has to kill Duncan if he is to become King and that is something he is not prepared to do.

But we know he does kill Duncan and that is because he is forced into it by LM. And even then he makes a mess of the murder and LM has to tidy up after him.

The first scene that Macbeth and LM meet after the nurder - which is in Act 3 - the first thing LM asks Macbeth is why do you leep alone. Shakespeare suggests that after the murfer Macbeth does not speak to her - it is she who goes to speak with him.

He did not want to murder Duncan and I read the play suggesting that being forced to murder Duncan fundamentally changes him.

After the murder he is a brutal man. The murder of Duncan is up close and personal and carried out by him in his castle castle The murder of Bamquo is carried out not too far from the castle by hired assassins. The murder of Lady Macduff is carried out by milotary troops and is very distant from Macbeth's castle. Macbeth distances himself from the succeding murders. He does not want to be associated with those murders

I do not see Macbeth as ambitious - I see him as a weak man who gives in to his wife and bitterly regrets it. If act 1 Sc 7 had ended when Macbeth says "we will go no further in this" the play Macbeth would be a very different play.

I suggest you need to separate "Want" from "Ambition." Macbeth wants to be king but the price of becoming king is too much for him. I suggest that your answer here is to separate "Want" from "Ambition." I ssuggest there is your answer. Macbeth becomes a cruel man who kills friends in orther to secure his throne. Is securing your throne ambitious? He wanted to be king but he did not want to kill Duncan to be king. The killing of Duncan changes Macbeth's very character and it has nothing to do with ambition. I suggest the change is all about regret and self preservation

Hope you find something of use in that.
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