Why is Macbeth a good leader? 

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Before he claims the throne through dishonest means, Macbeth is presented as a fine leader of men. He is brave on the battlefield, seemingly not fearing death. He possess great physical prowess, nearly cutting an enemy in half ("from the knave to the chops"). Macbeth is also loyal to his superiors, seemingly causing no trouble.

All of this disappears when he becomes ambitious and murders Duncan . His good leadership qualities evaporate as he becomes paranoid and desperate to keep the power he stole at any cost. In this way, Shakespeare seems to be suggesting that Macbeth was a...

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