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English Literature: Ambition in Macbeth Quotations


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What quotation links Macbeth's ambition to be king and thane of Cawdor?
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'To be king stands not within the prospects of belief, No more than to be Cawdor' - Macbeth

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What quotation links Macbeth's ambition to be king and thane of Cawdor?
'To be king stands not within the prospects of belief, No more than to be Cawdor' - Macbeth
What quotation shows that Macbeth is now thane of Cawdor?
'Call thee thane of Cawdor' - Witches prophecies immediate credibility
Quotation linking Macbeth's ambition and imagination?
'My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical' - his ambition is overriding his mind and thoughts.
What quotation shows Macbeth's frustration with the announcement that Malcolm is the next in line?
'That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap for in my way it lies'
What are the other two quotations which involve leaping over something?
'Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself' and 'we'd jump the life to come' - potential to fall and fail or successfully make it to the other side through the power of ambition.
What quotation said by Lady Macbeth involves ambition and the illness of the mind?
'Thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it'
The quotation that shows how ambition is linked with evil.
'Unsex me here from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty' Needs the evil sprirts to take away her femininity in order to achieve her full and potential ambition.
The affect that ambition has. Quotations showing how it has disturbed the natural order and nature.
'chimneys were blown down' 'strange screams of death' 'The earth was feverous and did shake' 'Duncan's horses ate each other' - External disruption mirroring the internal shattering of the Macbeth's mental states.
The quotation showing the effect ambition has on Lady Macbeth.
'Out, damned spot! Out, I say!' - exclamation marks show the impact and how distressed she is feeling. (sleepwalking)
Which quotation shows how ambition can be presented as something that destroys something that destroys the meaning and value of everything?
'It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.' (the tale being life)
How do we know that Banquo considers the same path as Macbeth but learns to control his self sabotaging thoughts?
'I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters' - still playing on his mind however he thinks rationally and doesn't let it consume him.