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anoangirl | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:34 PM via web

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In what manner does Macduff face death, and how is his resistance similarto his father's most recen actions in Act IV?

do you think he speaks of himself in such a derogatory manner? do you feel that macduff had a sufficient motive for leaving his family to go to england?   why why why ?

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danylyshen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 2, 2009 at 12:52 PM (Answer #1)

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Macduff is the protagonist in the play and he is the character that will restore the balance to Scotland after the Macbeths have so disrupted it. Macduff really didn't think that Macbeth would've put his wife and his babes to the knife, so he thought just by fleeing, his family would be safe. Macduff severely underestimated the depths of Macbeth's depravity and so he is so shocked to learn of the massacre. He nearly gives up upon hearing the news, but with the encouraging of his friends he manages to turn that grief into a raging anger and lust for vengeance.

When Macduff confronts Macbeth (and possibly death) at the end of the play, he meets it stoically and courageously. He probably feels as if he has nothing to live for and his sole purpose for existing at this moment is to avenge his family and return the crown to Scotland.

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