In Macbeth Act 4 Scene 2 Shakespeare shows three themes within this act with Lady Macduff and Ross her son. (Miller)Miller states about this scene that it is shakespeare's way of reflecting back on the play so far “Lady Macduff's much expanded role and the death she suffers, in contrast to her counterpart in Shakespeare's Macbeth”.The first theme that is showed is flying and it is showed in the first line of the scene by Lady Macduff with her talking to the messenger Ross when he arrives. In the following lines Lady Macduff expresses the second theme which is cowardice when she is talking to Ross the messenger she talks about how Macduff abandoning her and her son, she talks to Ross she calls Macduff a traitor. One of the last themes showed …show more content…
In the first line Lady Macduff says “ what had he done, to make him fly the land?” in other words what was he thinking when he left the castle. While she is talking to Mcduff she says that he ran away and that makes him a traitor. Lady Macduff does not revisit the theme again until she is speaking to the messenger that arrives that tells her to leave and Lady Macduff says “ whither should I fly?” Lady Macduff asks where she should go she has nothing to fear because she has done nothing wrong. Then enter the murders that kill Lady Macduff and Ross her son. The theme of flying is shown throughout the play when Banquo tells his son Fleance to run when Macbeth's cutthroats have got him.(Alfar) There is a statement made by Alfar about lady Macduff and how Shakespeare makes women strong “Alfar interrogate what early modern culture regarded as evil, she also argues that the characters regarded as evil women do little more than what is done by other characters, male and female, regarded as admirable”. For Lady Macduff the flying represents her husband first being too much of a coward to protect her and her son and at the end of the scene when the murders kill her son and Ross tells her to run away she sees it as
Analysis: This passage proves Macduff's loyalty to Malcolm and how he truly wants the best for Scotland. In the quote it says, “New widows howl, new orphans cry,” which illustrates that Macbeth’s thirst for power causes wives to transform into widows and children
(IV. III. 260). He wants Macduff to understand that he has to do his deed like a man. It can fail if he back out of his plan at the last moment or he might get hurt himself but the person he is after [Macbeth]. Macduff response showed he took that sentence as a challenge or
The Three Sisters have control over act 4 scene 1, based on the facts that their telling Macbeth almost word for word how he is going to die. In Act 4 the weird sisters are quoted saying “Macbeth! beware Macduff….” (Document D) hinting to the fact that Macduff will bring about bad news to Macbeth. Also in act 4 the Witches say “Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great
“The castle of Macduff I will surprise; seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword his wife his babes, and all the unfortunate souls” (4.1. 165-167). This shows Macbeth’s complete disregard for human life and his willingness to commit crimes to maintain his power. He sees Macduff as a significant threat and is willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate him, including murdering Macduff’s wife and children. His ambition has consumed him, and he has lost touch with morality or compassion.
Macduff went to England to find Malcolm, King Duncan’s son, who fled Scotland so he would not be killed like his father. Macbeth no longer considers Macduff loyal to him and becomes apprehensive. Macbeth consorts with the murderers again to kill Macduff’s family, “give to the edge o’ the sword his wife, babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line” (Act 4, Scene 1). When a messenger comes to deliver the news to Macduff, he becomes sad but Malcolm tells him “… Let grief convert to anger…” (Act 4, Scene 3).
The flighty purpose never is o'ertook Unless the deed go with it. From this moment The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand. And even now, To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done: The castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls That trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool.
To compare and contrast the roles of Lady Macbeth in the play, giving close consideration to their relationship their husbands. In the play ‘Macbeth’ we notice that the roles of Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff are very different. The contrast between these two ladies, is especially noted by each woman’s loyalties and manner of death. These two women, as similar as they were, also had dissimilarities that are far more striking. Although Lady Macduff and Lady Macbeth each had the ability to influence their family, they used this influence in entirely different ways.
In Act IV, Scene 3, Macduff says that he would like to take up their swords and defend where they were born: “Let us rather Hold fast the mortal sword, and like good men Bestride our down-fall’n birthdom” (l. 2-4). When Macduff is in England talking to Malcolm and the king of England, Macbeth takes action and has Macduff’s family
Who could impress the forest. ”(act.4 scene.i lines.104-105) and march with an army or that no man “woman born shall harm Macbeth” (act.4 scene.i line 185-186). The witches tricked Macbeth into becoming something worse than monsters that go bump in the night. The witches created a tyrant that would be his own damnation. He viewed Macduff as a target that must be eliminated, but when they fought Macduff said he was not born and macbeth realized he could not beat him and “(threw) down (his) warlike shield.
Lady Macbeth wasn’t involved in the death of Macduff’s family, yet she still feels the guilt for his losses: “The Thane of Fife has a Wife. Where is she now? What will there hands we’re be clean? No more o’ that. You mar all with this starting.
With every death, Macbeth has become more and more ruthless, he hasn’t even let it set in that he just ordered the murder of another of his friends. After this, Macbeth goes to see the witches demanding information, where he decides to murder Macduff until learning that he has fled to England. The second apparition tells Macbeth that no one borne of a woman can harm him, and Macbeths courage is spiked again, before he decides to murder Macduff's entire family. This is where Macbeth is officially at his worst, killing Macduff's entire family just because he
The violence and harm she would do to her child causes alarm and adds to her villinous character. This is contrasted with Lady Macduff’s gentle and carring tone she has with her son in Act 4 Scene 2 when she calls him “monkey”. Pet names show closeness and affection which clearly would lack from Lady Macbeth and her child, as she would kill it if she promised to. Therefore, the women’s supernatural and distrubing characteristics are demonstrated through their ambiguity or desire to rid themselves of feminine
The Tragedy of Macbeth- Downfall Throughout the Macbeth play, Macbeth himself is a very dynamic character. Macbeth changes more than any other character in the play. With Macbeth being such a dynamic character, it causes him to have a tremendous downfall as a person. The three main causes of his downfall is his wife’s persuasion to kill the king, trying to cover up his actions, and having people killed just to try to keep his role as the king.
William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the main character; Macbeth, is seen as an evil character. The play is based off of Macbeth’s decisions and his actions to become King. In the beginning Macbeth starts out as a hero in Scotland’s war with Ireland and towards the end he is transformed into a murderer. Macbeth is not wholly evil because of is heroism in the war, his love for Scotland, and because he didn’t want to kill King Duncan initially. Macbeth was brain washed by his wife and tricked into killing the King.