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niquenu | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 20, 2011 at 8:01 PM via web

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What are some good themes for Macduff in the play Macbeth

doing a character profile on Macduff and need ideas on themes for the character. Or anything anyone know about him

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mahmood786 | College Teacher | Honors

Posted July 20, 2011 at 9:04 PM (Answer #1)

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The Real Hero in Macbeth   MacDuff

 

Some people are just meant to be heroes. In this wonderful play by Shakespeare Macduff is a good choice and born to be a hero. Throughout Macbeth there are several examples of Macduffs heroism and bravery. Macduff is a loving, caring man of action, Thane of Fife and a Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth's kingship. When he leaves his loving family to flee to England to join Malcolm, Macbeth hasMacduff's wife and children murdered. At the end of the play, Macduff (who was born through a caesarian section) kills Macbeth bringing prosperity back to Scotland, and proving the truth in the witches prophecy that "no man of woman born" can harm Macbeth and his true heroism.

Macduff ends up putting his country ahead of his family, whom he loves dearly when he quickly decides to flee to England. Macduff made the hardest decision of his life and a decision he had to make to bring prosperity back to Scotland.Lady Macduff questions her husband’s wisdom as she sees no reason for him to leave his family and home behind. "Wisdom! To leave his wife, to leave his babes, his mansion and his titles in a place from where himself does fly?" Lady Macduff yells in question. Although fleeing to England to Malcom’s side was a very questionable decision, there was no doubt in Macduff’s mind of what had to be done.

Madduff is a man of action rather than a man of words. There are several occasions where Macduff acts on his thoughts rather than sitting down and talking about it showing his courage, passion and bravery. Macduff left his family whom he loves dearly, and fled without words to England. "My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain than terms can give thee out!," Macduff yells his savage rage, and beheads Macbeth in the final wager of battle. Macduff is truly the hero in this magnificent piece by Shakespeare as he takes the head of Macbeth for Scotland.

Macduff is a Scottish nobleman who was hostile to Macbeth’s kingship and defeats Macbeth and claims his head in the name of Scotland, "Hail, king! For thou so art" macduff yells with Macbeth’s head in hand, showing his loyalty to Scotland and the new born king. Macduff is a true man of action with his swift sword and brave heart. Macduff was born a hero in Scotland for Scotland.

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ms-charleston-yawp | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM (Answer #2)

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