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The ambition of Lady Macbeth

Actor Shaheen Khan talks about the ambitions of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth'.

In this video, actor Shaheen Khan talks about the ambition of Lady Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth desperately wants power, so she makes her husband, Macbeth, want the same thing. And ultimately, she actually gets her husband to commit murder to achieve her goal.

Listen to Shaheen’s view about ambition. She says:

Weʼre all ambitious. We all want to get ahead. … but we know that weʼre not going to do certain things. Because we feel weʼre good people and you canʼt do that.
But then you see what happens to Lady Macbeth when she really wants something …
And you think, ʻOh my God, yes’, you realise that now. Itʼs like all of us in a way.

Do you agree with Shaheen? Do you think most people would act like Lady Macbeth for something they wanted so much?

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