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In Act IV scene 3 of Macbeth, Malcolm shows himself to be a manipulative leader through his conversation with Macduff. Discuss.

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Malcolm lies to Macbeth to test his loyalties to Scotland. Malcolm lies about his own weaknesses, claiming that he is more blasphemous than Macbeth. He deceitfully shares his lust and greed with Macduff to taint his own image as a man who is not fit to rule Scotland.

At first, Macduff lightly discards this information about Malcolm's lust and greed. When Malcolm finally convinces Macduff that he is not fit to rule Scotland, Macduff cries out for his homeland:

MACDUFF:O Scotland, Scotland!

In the next sentence, Malcolm retracts his lies:

 

MALCOLM:If such a one be fit to govern, speak.
I am as I have spoken.(115)

Again, Malcolm retracts all his lies, stating that he was testing Macduff's loyalty to Scotland. Macduff passes the test and Malcolm is ready to take on Macbeth. After hearing that his family has been killed by the vicious Macbeth, Macduff is readier than ever to rid Scotland of the evil Macbeth.

Malcolm states  his true character and claims his own innocence, proving he would be a good...

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