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'Macbeth' Themes

A Guide to the Main 'Macbeth' Themes


Read about all of the main Macbeth themes with our concise Macbeth theme guide. The Macbeth themes covered include ambition and guilt.

Macbeth's Ambition

In Macbeth, ambition is presented as a dangerous quality. It causes the downfall of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and triggers a series of deaths in Macbeth. Ambition is therefore the driving force of the play.

Macbeth's Guilt

In Macbeth, guilt is an important theme because it softens Macbeth’s ambition and callousness. His brutality is balanced by his guilt – a quality that enables the audience to identify with Macbeth throughout the play despite his tyranny.

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