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The three kings in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth,” Duncan, Malcolm, and Macbeth, have quite different ways of ruling. The three kings that reign in “Macbeth” each have a different perspective on their ambition. Macbeth is an extremely ambitious man who will do just about anything to achieve his goals. He is never satisfied even after he is given the title as Thane of Cawdor. This just makes him want the throne even more. “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’er leap, for in my way it lies.” (p. 159) After Duncan announced that his eldest son Malcolm would be heir to the throne, Macbeth decided he must kill Duncan in order to gain the throne. This is the kind of sick ambition that Macbeth shows throughout the play. Duncan is a much less ambitious man than Macbeth. He really shows little ambition during his small part in the play. In the opening act of “Macbeth” the only ambition that Duncan shows is when he finds that the Thane of Cawdor is a traitor. “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.” (p. 151) Duncan is talking about giving the title of Thane to Macbeth. He shows a bit of ambition in doing this. Malcolm is King Continue...

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