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Certainly a theme in Macbeth, for example, together with the related theme of deception. Envy and guilt as themes also play a big part in this play.
But the only reason macbeth was able to do what he did was because other people in his society related on the basis of trust - his deceptions were therefore not seen for what they were and detected until the tragedy had unfolded, the King was dead and he had been crowned.
A related theme, of course, is the tragedy of ambition.
Can anyone think of other works in which the theme is trust (and possible deception)?
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