What does the audience learn about the corrupting influence of ambition in Act1, scene 7- the dagger scene?

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With its striking imagery and unequivocal versification, the thoughts of a man on the verge of regicide, Macbeth's ardent speech of Act II, Scene i - "Is this a dagger which I see before me,/The handle toward my hand?" - is justly acclaimed as one of Shakespeare's greatest soliloquies. Macbeth's actual dagger - the murder weapon -, the one he draws part way through the soliloquy, he uses to kill Duncan. The phantasmagorcial one, the "dagger of the mind" filled with untrammeled ambition, Macbeth uses to kill his conscience. By the end of his speech, the valorous and loyal Macbeth is dead, and in his place the monstrous one makes his stealthy way to Duncan's bedchamber.  

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