Master and Commander Themes

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Ambition

Ambition is one of the major themes running through Master and Commander. In one sense, the entire work can be looked at as an essay of ambition.

The very essence of Jack's character, that sets him apart from many others in the book, is the unique character of his ambition. In a sense, Jack's ambition, which is to be post-captain has been grossly blocked by the indiscreet behavior of his youth, which involved women, hard drink and rebellion against senior officers.

In order for Jack to move forward, his road to success has to be conditioned by practical reality. He cannot move forward by social connections alone; nor will he necessarily be given the normal opportunity to meet enemy warships in battle in response to direct commands given to the favored of the fleet; nor will he be able to move up because of his superior social standing...

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