Macduff Analysis

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Macduff: The hero Scotland needed.

Macduff is the thane of fife, the foil to Macbeth, and the greatest patriot of Scotland during the play. He first appears in act one scene six, the King Duncan and the nobleman come to Macbeths castle. Macduff’s fellow noblemen marvel about the greatness of Macbeth’s castle, though Macduff stays silent throughout the scene. This is generally how Macduff acts; only speaking when spoken to, and not making unnecessary conversation. In act two scene three Macduff and Lennox come to wake the king and he is the one to make the discovery that the king has been murdered. He exclaims to Macbeth and Banquo what has happened, saying that the King is the Lord’s appointed temple. This is common in the time period of the play, that is to believe the Kings power comes from God. When people begin to come to the scene Lady Macbeth asks him what has happened, he does not tell her the truth whilst saying the fact that she is a woman makes her too gentle for such things. Irony. Macbeth then speaks about the death and Macduff overhears him saying he had murdered the guards, but when asked about it he avoids the question. Macduff also asks for someone to take care of Lady Macbeth as she seems “faint”. This scene is very important as it brings up three very important things. The King had trusted Macduff, enough that he would have him come and wake him. Macduff believes that woman are weak. And Macduff earnestly believes that Macbeth was telling the truth about the murder of Duncan. This last fact is reinforced in the next scene where Macduff and Ross are speaking and Macduff tell him that the murderers are dead by Macbeth. He says that “Malcolm and Donalbain, the king's two sons, are stol'n away and fled; which puts upon them suspicion of the deed.” (2.4). He next tells Ross that he is going home to Fife rather than to the coronation. This shows that he is still stricken in grief over the death of the king. In the coming weeks Macbeth is to host...
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