-A strong desire to do or acheive something

Macbeth message from ambition- too much ambition often leads to a downfall.

Effectiveness- Shakespear showed how a lot of the characters have strong ambition. Mainly Macbeth, had a downfall that was caused by too much ambition. The following examples all support his message; "too much ambition often leads to a downfall."

Example 1

-Macbeth wants to kill Duncan to become king. This shows his ambition for power.

Quote: "if it were done, when tis done, then 'twere well... vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other"

Example 2

-The witches in Macbeth had ambition to confused macbeth by stretching the truth.

Quote: "shall draw him on to his confusion... is mortals cheifest enemy"

Example 3

-Macbeth has ambition to kill banquo and his son so that they don't end up in power.

Quote: "So is he mine, and in such bloody distance...for sundry weighty reasons." (p.37)