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According to Macduff and Malcolm in Scene 3, how has Macbeth’s reign affected Scotland?

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nicoleasaurs | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM via web

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According to Macduff and Malcolm in Scene 3, how has Macbeth’s reign affected Scotland?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 25, 2010 at 9:59 AM (Answer #1)

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I assume that you are talking about Act IV, Scene 3 here.  In this scene, Macduff and Malcolm are in England, talking about how things are in Scotland.  The basic idea of their conversation is that things in Scotland have gotten much worse under Macbeth's rule.

You can see this from the very first words of the scene.  They say that everyday people are dying -- there are new widows and new orphans -- and that this slaughter is making Scotland feel a great deal of pain.

They blame this and all of Scotland's woes on Macbeth.  They say he is a tyrant and that "each new day a gash is added to her (Scotland's) wounds (46).

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