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Macbeth Ambition Essay Prompts

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Ambition is one of the most important and salient themes in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. Help your students analyze this theme critically by using the essay prompts in this lesson.

Why Write About Ambition in Macbeth

Are your students finishing up their reading of Macbeth? If so, you have probably spent some time talking about the theme of ambition. Many students have thought about ambition prior to the reading of this play, but they may not have considered this characteristic's potentially tragic ramifications. One way to further your students' understanding of the theme of ambition in this play and beyond is to have them write essays about it.

Essays can be a great way to prompt critical thinking, since students will have to think deeply about a topic in order to write about it. Writing an essay also gives your students the opportunity to develop their own voice and opinion on a theme. If you are having your students write thematically based essays, it can be helpful to offer prompts to get their creative juices flowing. You can modify the prompts in this lesson to meet the needs and specific interests of the students in your class.

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