What Drives Macbeth to murder throughout the play

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What Drives Macbeth to murder throughout the play
1 Vaulting Ambition


  • His desire for power and the ultimate position.
1.1 "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself and falls on th'other" Line 25-28 Act 1 Scene 7
2 His Suseptible personality and the charchters that influence him
2.1 Lady Macbeth
2.1.1 "Yet I do fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way" 1:5:15-16
2.1.2 "That I may pour my spirits in thine ear and chatise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round" 1:5:24-26
2.2 The Supernatural?
2.2.1 "And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths; win us with honest trifles, to betray's in deepest consequence" 1:3:122-125
3 His Own Guilt


  • His guilt has left him incapable of accepting his sin and living  normally and so, he must continue his life of sin.
3.1 "Will All great Neptuen's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" Act 2 Scene 2 63-64
3.2 "I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er" 3:4:136-138
4 His Insecurity
5 Not picked
5.1 The Belief In His Destiny
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