Macbeth's Machiavellian Leadership Philosophy

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Macbeth's actions reveal his Machiavellian leadership philosophy because his fear and paranoia of others while being king led him to immoral actions to make sure he is one hundred percent secure which then only creates fear in those he rules. In the beginning of Act III Banquo and Macbeth are talking and Macbeth is trying to get all the details of what Banquo is doing before the feast. Banquo is deciding to go riding with his son, Fleance, leading Macbeth to think this is the perfect time to get rid of them. In Macbeth’s mind he is thinking the one person who knows my prophecy is alive and knows me well so how can he go on when I’m not sure if he’s on to me. Macbeth has been dealing with his fear by just getting rid of it so that is what he plans to do. As stated in the book, “To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo stick deep and in his royalty nature reigns that which would be feared.”…show more content…
There are three apparitions that appear and all tell him different things. The second apparition in specific tells him not to fear Macduff because he can never harm him. Macbeth believes this, but still feels insecure with him alive as stated in the book, “Thou shall not live, that I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies, and sleep in spite of thunder.”(IV,I 95-97) When shakespeare uses the word ‘pale-hearted’ shows personification of fear. Macbeth heard that Macduff won’t hurt him yet his paranoia is yet again getting to him. To feel one hundred percent safe Macduff needs to die. To the same degree, he says “sleep in spite of thunder”. He won’t live knowing the possibility of someone will come after him. Shakespeare is arguing that when one starts to feel paranoid about people and one’s way of solving is to kill and then one will do it again and again and feel no remorse because it is helping one in the end, which is the Machiavellian

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