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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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What emerges from Goodwin's fascinating treatment is that Chase was simply not as gifted as the others in concealing his ambitiousness in an age when ambition was so frowned upon that presidential candidates were not even supposed to campaign on their own behalf.
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Men desire a mate who is younger and physically attractive, with the skills of a homemaker, whereas women place greater value on a partner's earning potential, status and ambitiousness.
For all the ambitiousness and even brilliance of the first two of these collections, much of the work is obscure, sometimes even nutty.
A study examining stereotypes about male and female personality characteristics from the 1940s through the 1980s (Pines, 1998) shows that males are repeatedly portrayed with such characteristics as strength, ambition, self-confidence, logical thinking, decisiveness, and control, whereas the stereotypical female traits were delicacy, willingness to help, emotionality, lack of self-confidence, and lack of ambitiousness.
After Kennedy's assassination, Schlesinger's Journals entries for 27 March 1964 suggest Sorensen's ambitiousness.
The legislative process was defined by the hype-partisan nature of recent congressional competition, magnified by the ambitiousness of Obama's program, which only heightened the salience of party differences.
The traits that would differentiate leaders from non leaders, are as follows: the adaptability to different situations, the ambitiousness, the alertness to the social environment, the achievement orientation, the level of assertiveness, the level of cooperativeness, the decisiveness, the dependability, their power motivation or their dominance, their level of energy (high activity level), their persistence, their self confidence, their tolerance of stress, and their willingness to assume responsibility.
As you can imagine, I was never happy with second place," she rolls her eyes playfully at her own determination and ambitiousness.
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It is testimony to the rapid flowering of the composer's talent at this period, when his ambitiousness of form was not yet fully matched by complete mastery of the principles of the form.