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Lady Macbeth 2: Unchecked Ambition

What does Macbeth show us about getting ahead? Shaheen Khan shares what she learned from playing Lady Macbeth and how performing in Asia helped her find comedy in Shakespeare's most famous tragedy.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

We use I wish and the past simple to express wishes about the present or future. For example, Shaheen says:

I wish I was a bit more like Lady Macbeth.

She uses the past simple ('was') but she's talking about the present.


Task 4



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I suppose unchecked ambition means lady macbeth had an ambition which was unchecked means not clear ...she loved macbeth whom she wanted to be the king after killing the current king(as said in part1 of video ),but actually what she desired -her love for macbeth ,or what she gets after macbeth becomes the king ...or was her love just to get the wealth ...all these I suppose was unchecked and lacked clarity ...the desire to such a degree became strong with too many possibilities and unclarity

Hi twarita,

I think lady Macbeth had ambition[s], not only one, which is called unchecked desire. Am I right??

We are all ambitious, I think that is not bad to have some. But if you don't know how to manage you will be on trouble like Lady Macbeth and Macbeth was. I really like The Tragedy of Macbeth, it is a very interesting play. I readed couple months ago after I watched the Polanski´s film version.

I think that all of us must have some ambitious, but supposdly, it can't be something that the people can't manage, must to be in normal cirsumstances like to crown a studies, to increases the salary, to grow in life experiences.
About the second point, I think that the ambitious it can be too high because this can't bring happy to the person.

I agree we are all ambicious, but its not bad...I think as a bird need the wind to fly ...we need the ambiciousment to go ahead and work hard to get what we want... here in Brazil we are tested every moment , as in work or particular live...we think about what want in future, where want to be e how want to be. when children ours fathers say us need to study and work for getting and to realize ours ambiciousment.

Definitely, we are all ambitious. Since human being lived in forests and used stones as tools when food is shortage, human brains have not changed at all. Desire, greed and ambitious are all parts of human nature. The ancient people ate more food than they normally needed in case that they would not have food for several days. Similarly, people are pursuing for foods, cars, houses and other material things in the same way nowadays. That roots in our heart. But in the other hand, human beings have reflective thinking fortunately. One has the ability to decide to what extent he/she should be content. Beyond that limitation or without content, desire would be heading for a disaster. I wish that kind of thing would not happen.

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lady Macbeth is one of the perfect examples of the total corruption power and ambition can cause. and There are also many emotions that arise throughout the play, but the most important of all is ambition. “Ambition is the desire for personal achievement. Ambitious persons seek to be the best at what they choose to do for attainment, power, or superiority” (“Ambition”). The motif of ambition in the play is that being ambitious leaves one blind to certain areas and can drive one insane to reach the intended goal

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