Ambidexter proves to be a forerunner of Iago when he very skilfully makes the King suspicious of his brother, no matter how ungrounded this suspicion is.
Ambidexter is capable of displaying histrionic skills in a spectacular way on stage.
Ambidexter first pretends to weep and then ironically bursts out in laughter: "Ha, ha, weep, nay, laugh, with both hands to play" (744).
As these two examples show, Ambidexter comes very close to being the epitome of actors, whose tears and laugher are not more real than his.
At the end of the play Ambidexter is not punished for anything; he just leaves the stage: "Farewel my maisters, I wil go take barge.
It is clear also that the only character in the play he ostensibly "corrupts," namely Sisamnes, has been corrupt already, even before he met Ambidexter.
More importantly, however, Shame's confession exonerates Ambidexter from blame for Cambises' decline, since the king has not even met the Vice at this stage in the drama.
Since the audience knows the nature of the vice character, and we are witness to his double-dealing throughout the play, this advice should not be taken at face value; after all, it is Ambidexter who later voices Smirdis's disapproval of Cambises' deeds--the action that leads to Smirdis's murder.
The executioners may agree with Smirdis that the king is a tyrant, but to be caught admitting this would bring charges of treason, as the next scene demonstrates, when Ambidexter accuses Hob and Lob of treason (ll.