How does Shakespeare represent Macbeth as an ambitious man?

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Macbeth is the protagonist of the play and tragic hero, whose tragic flaw is his "vaulting ambition." After Ross confirms the witches first prophecy by informing Macbeth that he has been given the title Thane of Cawdor, Shakespeare illustrates Macbeth's ambitious nature in during an aside. Macbeth says to himself,

If good, why do I yield to that suggestion

Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair

And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,

Against the use of nature? Present fears

Are less than horrible imaginings. (Shakespeare, 1.3.137-141)

Macbeth's violent thoughts and fantasies about assassinating King Duncan reveal his ambition. In act 1, scene 4, King Duncan praises Macbeth for his accomplishments before announcing that Malcolm will inherit the throne. Macbeth once again reveals his ambitious nature by acknowledging that he must also get rid of Malcolm in order to become king. In another aside, Macbeth says,

The prince of Cumberland! That is a step

On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,

For in my way...

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