Are there examples of ways in which Macduff and Macbeth are alike. Explain.Are there clear examples of ways in which Macbeth and Macduff are alike. Explain. (i.e. emotions, relationships,...

Are there examples of ways in which Macduff and Macbeth are alike. Explain.

Are there clear examples of ways in which Macbeth and Macduff are alike. Explain. (i.e. emotions, relationships, situations, etc.)

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One key similarity between MacDuff and Macbeth is that both men helped to bring order to the kingdom of Scotland by defeating someone treacherous.  In the very beginning of the play in Act I, scene two, Macbeth defeats the Thane of Cawdor, "a disloyal traitor" (I.ii.61).  In the same way, MacDuff also defeats a traitor to the crown of Scotland, Macbeth.  Macbeth has committed the ultimate betrayal to the crown by murdering Duncan and usurping the throne.  MacDuff defeats him in battle and presents his head to Malcolm in the last scene of the play.  Both MacDuff and Macbeth, at completely different times, defend Scotland by defeating someone who has become a threat to the sanctity of the country; of the two, MacDuff acts out of a purer heart, to return the throne to Malcolm, seeking no social advantage for himself, only revenge for his fallen family.