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Power has the ability to destroy ones nature thus making one capable of doing things that they usually wouldnt intend on doing The main theme that is revealed in The Tragedy of Macbeth written by William Shakespeare is that humans are corrupted by unchecked ambition Unchecked ambition is an uncontrollable drive for power or success and can be classified as the greed for more than what one already has The corruption of unchecked ambition that is illustrated throughout the entire play is most evidently shown through the character of Macbeth Macbeth is first demonstrated as a courageous Scottish noble who is not naturally exposed to committing evil deeds yet he deeply desires power and advancement After his first encounter with the three witches Macbeth is determined to do whatever it takes in order to make his prophecies come true along with the push from Lady Macbeth Throughout the play he progresses from a noble gentleman to a tyrant through the killing of Duncan Banquo and Macduffs family Through the course of his actions Macbeth gradually progresses towards his tragic downfallIn Act 1 Macbeth is first introduced as a noble respected general a devoted husband and a loyal subject of the king Macbeth is first mentioned by the wounded Captain as he updates the king on the Scotts battle with the Irish invaders who were led by the traitor Macdonwald The captain tells the king that Macbeth fought with great courage and violence and that he slew the traitorous Macdownald Macbeth was considered a hero He was the doer of great deeds and the possessor of great powers and strength After the King hears about this good news Duncan indicates that he is extremely proud of Macbeths bravery as he states O valiant cousin Worthy gentleman 12 24 Duncans excitement over Macbeth proves that Macbeth was truly viewed as a noble general who will hack his way to victory for his king and
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