theme-ambition and power

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  • Ambition and power
    • set in the distant past and in a part of Britain that few of the audience would have been familiar with
    • Scotland is shown as a wild and savage place ruled over by a weak king (Duncan) who relies on his warrior thanes to keep control
    • Macbeth shows that having too much ambition and power is just as bad
    • at the end of the play Malcolm is King and it seems that he will be much fairer and treat his people justly

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