Macbeth Questions and Answers
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Compare and contrast Macbeth and Macduff. 

Macbeth and Macduff are both respected thanes who have a close relationship with King Duncan. They are also valiant warriors who are tied together by destiny. Both characters are also singularly focused on a specific goal and suffer the consequences of their obsessions. However, Macbeth is an ambitious, deceitful individual and kills Duncan, while Macduff remains a loyal, genuine soldier. Macbeth is also selfish and tyrannizes the population, while Macduff desires to restore Scotland back to its former glory.

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In Shakespeare's classic play Macbeth, Macduff serves as Macbeth's foil, and his contrasting qualities emphasize Macbeth's character traits. For example, Macduff is portrayed as an extremely loyal, morally upright individual, who considers it a duty and honor to serve King Duncan. In contrast, Macbeth is depicted as an ambitious, selfish man, who willingly assassinates the king in order to usurp power. Macduff is also willing to sacrifice everything to preserve and protect Scotland, while Macbeth rules as a brutal tyrant. Macbeth also relies on deception and cunning to achieve his ultimate goal, while Macduff remains honest, forthright, and genuine in order to reclaim his homeland.

Despite their differences, Macbeth and Macduff share several notable similarities. Both characters are revered members of the social elite and are respected thanes. They also share a personal relationship with King Duncan, and he views them as loyal, trustworthy subjects. Macbeth and Macduff are also destined to...

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