Please give a good quotation showing Macbeth's tyranny in Macbeth.

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The scene that springs to mind immediately is Act IV scene 3, in which Macduff reaches Malcolm in England and the two talk about the state of Scotland and how it has declined since Macbeth killed Duncan and then crowned himself King. There are many possible quotes that you could choose from, so you might like to re-read this scene again. However, one of the most poignant ones is said by Malcolm to Macduff as he gives his assessment of Scotland's state:

I think our country sinks beneath the yoke;

It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash

Is added to her wounds...

Another prominent quote that could be used is Macduff's impassioned response to Malcolm pretending to say that he cannot do anything to help Scotland:

Bleed, bleed, poor country!

Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,

For goodness dare not check thee! wear thou thy wrongs;

The title is affer'd!

Both provide excellent examples of Macbeth's tyranny as seen through the eyes of other characters who have witnessed the changes that have occurred in Scotland first or second-hand.

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