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Ambition

Alger, Horatio
author of a series of rags-to-riches stories. [Am. Lit.: Ragged Dick]
Bart, Lily
sacrifices her principles and her chance for love in schemes to climb the social ladder. [Am. Lit.: The House of Mirth in Hart, 385]
Chardon, Lucien
(de Rubempré) young writer determined to achieve fame and wealth. [Fr. Lit.: Balzac Lost Illusions in Magill II, 595]
Claudius
murders to gain throne; plots to keep it. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Constance
ambitious for her son Arthur. [Br. Lit.: King John]
Faustus, Doctor
makes a pact with the devil to further his own ambitions. [Br. Lit.: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus]
Golden Boy
talented young violinist gives up musical career for the sake of wealth and fame as a boxer. [Am. Lit.: Odets Golden Boy in Magill III, 422]
hollyhock
traditional symbol of ambition. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]
John, King
aspiring, self-assertive king of mediocre character. [Br. Lit.: King John]
Macbeth
aspires to political power. [Br. Lit.: Macbeth]
Macbeth, Lady
stops at nothing to gain political power for husband. [Br. Lit.: Macbeth]
mountain laurel
traditional symbol of ambition. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175]
Ragged Dick
hero of a Horatio Alger rags-to-riches story. [Am. Lit.: Ragged Dick]
Roxana
sleeps with the rich to get ahead in world. [Br. Lit.: Roxana, The Fortunate Mistress]
Sejanus
chief minister of Emperor Tiberius uses seduction, conspiracy, and poisoning to gain the throne. [Br. Drama: Benét, 912]
Slope, Rev. Obadiah
vainly strives to advance himself in objectionable ways. [Br. Lit.: Trollope Barchester Towers in Magill I, 55]
Sutpen, Thomas
from poor origins, tries to gain aristocratic status. [Am. Lit.: Faulkner Absalom, Absalom in Magill I, 5]
Tamburlaine
Scythian bandit becomes king of Persia and ruler of Turkey and Babylon. [Br. Drama: Tamburlaine the Great in Magill I, 950]
What Makes Sammy Run
a dynamic but vicious opportunist attains success. [Am. Lit.: What Makes Sammy Run]
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The University of Wisconsin System is ambitiously creating the next batch of online offerings for working adults, although it has still not taught the first student in its new Flexible Option degree program.
Washington, July 15 (ANI): The United States and India should think more ambitiously about their partnership and what more can be achieved in the 21st century, a senior Obama administration official has said.
A bit ambitiously, Hovis implies us mortals could look like Victoria if we ate banana on toast for breakfast.
5, 2011 (CENS)--With the inking of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese banks, Taiwanese banks plan to ambitiously explore the financial market in China.
Continuing a labor-intensive series of ambitiously scaled shows that began in July with "The Empire Fatigue" at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, von Bonin now embarks on the "Lazy Susan Series"--a "Rotating Exhibition" (like the title's rotating platter) starting at Witte de With and "looping" through 2011 at Bristol's Arnolfini Gallery, Geneva's Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, and Cologne's Museum Ludwig.
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But his absence will last only until London 2012 when the Olympic Games comes to his home town and he ambitiously pursues success on two fronts.