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Macbeths vaulting ambition though it is what brings him to his height of power it is also what leads him to his downfall Vaulting Ambition is Macbeths only flaw it disables him to achieve his utmost goals and forces him to face his fate Without this ambition though Macbeth never would have been able to achieve his power as King of Scotland or have been able to carry out his evil deeds In these instances ambition helped Macbeth do what he wanted to do But consequently Macbeths ambition has another face and is what leads him to his tragic downfall Had he not been so enveloped with becoming King and remaining powerful he would not have continued to kill innocent people in order to keep his position It was because of these killings and his overbearing attitude that caused him to be overthrown and killed himself Macbeth at the beginning of the play seems to be a very noble person He is characterized as being very loyal and honorable He fights in the battle against Norway which proves his loyalty then he is appointed Thane of Cawdor which proves that he is honorable in the eyes of royalty However as soon as the witches spark ambition in him he is no longer trustworthy and becomes deceiving Even before he reaches his home thoughts of murder creep into his head and he is overcome with the desire to be powerful The prince of Cumberland that is a step on which I must not fall down or else oerleap for in my way it lies Stars hide your fires let not light see my black and deep desires the eye wink at the hand Yet let that be which the eye fears when it is done to see Shakespeare 21 At this point in the play Macbeths ambition starts to come into view The seed has been planted
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