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The thematic importance of ambition is revealed throughout MacBeth in a manner that is not always instantly visually evident to a conscientious reader Although it is responsible for MacBeths rise to power his vaulting ambition is also to blame for MacBeths tragic downfall MacBeth would not have been able to achieve his power as King of Scotland or have been able to carry out his evil deeds if it was not for his ambition In these instances ambition helped MacBeth achieve his goals to a certain subdued degree Consequently however MacBeths ambition has another face and is what leads him to his disastrous fall from grace Had he not been fixated with becoming King and remaining powerful he would not have continued to kill innocent people in order to keep his position In due course MacBeths removal from power is attributable to these killings along with his over bearing attitude MacBeth at the beginning of the play seems to be an exceptionally noble person He is characterized as being vastly loyal and honorable He courageously and victoriously fights a battle for his country and this establishes a strong sense of his loyalty MacBeth is later appointed Thane of Cawdor which once more proves that he is honorable in the eyes of royalty However the instant the witches spark ambition in him using their prophecies he is no longer trustworthy because his mind fills with evil and deceit Even before he reaches his home thoughts of murder creep into his head and he is overcome with the desire to be powerful In the following quotation MacBeth admits metaphorically that it is only his ambition that prompts him I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent but only vaulting ambition which oerleaps itself and falls on the other I 7 25 ff At this point in the play Macbeths unruly ambition begins to become apparent A seed of evil has bloomed into a
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