What would be a good thesis for why Macbeth was a bad leader in Macbeth?
A good thesis is an arguable position that you can defend with multiple pieces of evidence from the text. This is an example that captures Macbeth's poor leadership strategies:
Macbeth is a bad leader because he is not discerning of the counsel he is given.
A standard essay will follow with three body paragraphs explaining how the thesis is displayed in the text. Some papers have more and some have less, but three solid paragraphs will likely defend your argument well, especially with very specific links to the text.
Here are some body paragraph ideas for this thesis:
Macbeth listens to the witches's predictions, which guide his aspirations. The witches deliver several prophesies, and immediately there seems to be some shred of truth in their words. Macbeth evaluates this and comes to this conclusion:
[aside] Two truths are told,
As happy prologues to the swelling act
Of the imperial theme. (I.iii.140-142)
Truly, Macbeth has stumbled across some witches in the woods who refer to themselves as...
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