Comparing Leadership In Shakespeare's Macbeth 'And Beowulf'

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In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the protagonist is Macbeth. Macbeth is described at first as a mighty, courageous warrior devoted to King Duncan. However, Macbeth realizes his importance and evil enters his mind, corrupting his motives. While in the poem, Beowulf, the protagonist, Beowulf, is also portrayed as mighty, courageous warrior, but is devoted to King Hrothgar. Unlike Macbeth, Beowulf defends his kingdom to benefit others and will risk his life at any cost for the preservation of King Hrothgar’s kingdom. While the authors of Macbeth and Beowulf depict them as courageous leaders, their motives distinguish them. There are many aspects that display Macbeth’s leadership. In the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the witches predict that Macbeth will become king (1.3.48-50). Fulfilling the witches’ prophecy, Macbeth eventually becomes king. As a king, there are many responsibilities and duties you must fulfill displaying his excellent leadership qualities. Before becoming king, Macbeth was a captain, who led and won many important battles for his king (1.2.33). As a captain, Macbeth gathered and led his men to victory…show more content…
In the beginning of the play Macbeth is described by his sergeant as a brave and courageous warrior that cuts his enemies in half and puts their heads on pikes (1.2.16-21). This gruesome scene displays Macbeth’s courage through his willingness to go into the heat of the battle without fear and do whatever it takes to defeat his opponent. In contrast, near the end of the play, Macbeth fights relentlessly with Macduff to eliminate him once and for all; however he does not not succeed and dies fighting (5.8.27-34). This anticlimactic scene still displays Macbeth’s courage through his stamina and unwillingness to quit, by fighting to the death. Macbeth’s courage is displayed through his skills as a relentless and tenacious

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