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Macbeth is a striking example of an ambitious man desiring and then using any means to acquire some power beyond his possession. The tragedy tells us that this faithful soldier, fresh from the wars in Norway, is met by spirits who greet him as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cowdor, and finally as the future King.

"All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter," exclaim the misleading spirits. Scarcely are they gone, when messengers inform Macbeth that he has been raised to the rank of Thane of Cowdor. What could keep him from fulfilling the third prophecy--that of being King?

Like a guardian angel, his companion in arms warns him: "And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray us in deepest consequence."

Macbeth heeds not the warning. Treason and murder enter his heart. Crime and sin follow. All because he gave in to false ambition.

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