Comparison Of A Good King In Macbeth

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The definition of a good king may vary depending, on one's morals, and values. If a leader has some sort of mental health issue he/she might think in a very corrupt manner, even then usually there are some people that receive benefits from the position a king holds; in that context the people receiving benefits may not think the king is as corrupt as he/she is. In shakespeare's play “Macbeth”, and as well as the epic poem “Beowulf” there are examples of how a “good” or “bad” king should behave. One’s opinion of a king differs, however there is strong evidence that sets near perfect guidelines of how a king should behave. Kings/ leaders should: behave and make decisions in a way that benefits the majority of the people, not just themselves, but most of all they must have good ethics, loyalty, courage, and integrity.
Being a leader of a group of people is the biggest responsibility a person could probably ever have, he or she must be able to make tough decisions that will affect the lives of everyone. Every single decision made in power big or small will have an effect on society, therefore someone who cannot handle the pressure of being king. In this aspect of leadership Macbeth is not suited, because he does not care about the wellbeing of his people. Macbeth is very power hungry, and self centered he says, “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs Against the use of nature? Present

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