How does Macduff react in Act 4 Scene 3 when he hears that his family has been slaughtered?
In act 4, scene 3 of Macbeth, Macduff is hiding out in England, having fled Macbeth's incipient tyranny in Scotland. Ross enters and tells Macduff the terrible news: his whole family has been murdered on the orders of Macbeth. As we would imagine, Macduff is absolutely devastated by the news. But Malcolm urges him to man up and turn his grief to righteous anger:
Be comforted.Let’s make us med'cines of our great revenge,To cure this deadly grief.
Dispute it like a man.
Sinful Macduff,They were all struck for thee! Naught that I am,Not for their own demerits, but for mine,Fell slaughter on their souls. Heaven rest them now.