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Macbeth Leadership Analysis

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The Makings of a Leader Macbeth is a tragedy following the journey and resulting consequences of the titular hero’s overwhelming desire to become the King of Scotland. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare explores the theme of leadership; Macduff and Duncan represent prosperous leadership characteristics of humility, temperance, and experience, while Macbeth, an usurper of the throne, symbolizes a controlling and ruthless regime. Shakespeare teaches that good leadership comes from king-becoming graces, developed with experience, and cautions against the desire for power through vaulting ambition alone. Duncan, Scotland’s rightful king, represents an admirable kindness fit for God’s representative on Earth. At the highest position of the nation, Duncan demonstrates his overwhelming gratitude for his people. Near the start of Macbeth, a bleeding sergeant faithfully recounts the battle’s events to Duncan, in which he replies, “So well thy words become thee as thy wounds; / They smack of honour both. Go get him surgeons” (Macbeth 1.2.43-44). This reveals that the King truly cares about the health and well-being of his people when he takes the time to call for medical assistance to help the Sergeant, who is in critical condition. As the King of Scotland, Duncan recognizes and honours his soldiers for their brave service to him and the country, illustrating his humility and appreciation towards men of all ranks. This highly qualifies Duncan to lead a nation, as his whole-hearted
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