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Macbeth - Macduff's importance
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That Banquo and Macduff are friends, which helps us as the audience. We now have another moral frame of reference.
What does the quote 'Dear Duff' tell us?
'Horror, horror, horror!' (Epizeuxis)
The reaction is contrasted to disingenuous reactions of the Macbeths. Emphasises Macduff is a genuine man.
What is Macduff's reaction to Duncan's death and how does it enhance his character?
To contrast Macbeth's deceptive nature with Macduff's loyal and honest nature. He never deceives. He is trustworthy.
How would the quotes: 'There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face' '& 'Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires', fit in with a conversation about Macduff?
'if he were dead, you'd weep for him' and 'All my pretty ones?
The relationship of the Macduffs is loving. The wife wouldn't emotionally blackmail like LM does. The contrast makes the Macbeths seem worse.
What quotes about the Macduffs would you compare to: 'From this time, such I account thy love.' and why?
Restores order at the end by killing Macbeth: 'Here comes newer comfort (Macduff enters with Macbeth's head)'.
Shows the audience what proper behaviour looks like.
Moral frame of reference. Loyalty.
What is the purpose of Macduff's character?
Macbeth has his family brutally killed, which makes Macduff want revenge
How does Macduff going to see Malcolm add tension to the story?
He wants to know he can trust him, as others have been sent by Macbeth to try to kill him before.
Why does Malcolm test Macduff?
'Fare thee well, these evils thou repeat'st upon thyself hath banished me from Scotland.'
How do we know that Macduff won't go along with Malcolm's test?
Did you say all? O hell-kite! All?
What, all my pretty chickens and their dam
At one fell swoop? - anger and great sadness.
'She should have died hereafter' - inconvenience and indifference.
What quotes contrast the reactions to the news of the wives dying?
They tell Macbeth to 'Beware Macduff', and ''None of woman born shall harm Macbeth" which doesn't account for Macduff being born caesarian ('untimely ripped').
How do the apparitions reinforce the importance of Macduff, and what equivocal (deliberately misleading) prophecy is the most dangerous for Macbeth?
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