do you agree with macduff's choice of leaving his wife and children or do you think what he did was wrong? why? any quotes for evidence?was macduffs decision to abandon his wife and children right...

do you agree with macduff's choice of leaving his wife and children or do you think what he did was wrong? why?

any quotes for evidence?

was macduffs decision to abandon his wife and children right or wrong? why?

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jarumi344 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

MacDuff choose to leave his family in an attempt to protect and preserve his country, as seen in the following lines:

O nation miserable,
With an untitled tyrant bloody-scepter'd,
When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again,
Since that the truest issue of thy throne
By his own interdiction stands accursed,
And does blaspheme his breed?  (Act IV Scene III)

In that regard, he was honorable.

However, by leaving his family, he was unable to protect them, a fact that both is wife (“how wilt thou do for a father?”) and his son (“Nay, how will you do for a husband?”) recognized (Act IV Scene II).

Ultimately, one needs to decide if one should be more loyal to country or to family.