Character Analysis Essay On Macbeth

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Machiavelli, Macbeth, & The Decision
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind; but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” When it comes to leadership, Jim Rohn had the same views as Machiavelli. Machiavelli thought a good leader was one who was generous, one rapacious; one cruel, one compassionate; one faithless, another faithful; one effeminate and cowardly, another bold and cruel; and so on (Machiavelli. XV). He believed that to be a good leader, one had to have an equal balance between good and evil; Macbeth did not have that equal balance, which is why I do not believe Machiavelli would view Macbeth as a good leader. Macbeth was a man to take what was not his, he did not have fortune and faith, and instead of taking advantage of his enemies, he took advantage of his own people; all traits that Machiavelli would look at with disdain.
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“All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter,” “thou shalt get kings, though thou be here” (1.3.50 & 67). The witches told Macbeth that he would be king, they did not tell him how or when it would happen. After the witches had told him he would be king, he wanted to take action and make it happen right away, he had no faith that it would happen on its own. “Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap” (1.5.48-50), because there was a king, Macbeth knew he would have to do something about it and he had no reservations about doing it. His thoughts and actions are not was Machiavelli would foresee a good leader to act like; Macbeth took control and decided that if he was to be king he would have to kill

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