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Character Analysis Of Macduff

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Heroes come in all varieties and forms and are imperative to almost any story. A hero may not always be the leading man or powerful and prominent figure in a situation and in Shakespeare’s tragedy of Macbeth, the Scottish nobleman Macduff arises from the abundance of characters as a humble hero. Macduff begins as a silent, static character and develops from a less than glorious beginning to eventually help lead(motivate) an army and ultimately save Scotland by ridding the country of its’ apocryphal king. Through this, Macduff can be characterized as Macbeth’s honorable and brave opposition and the hero of the play.
The role of Macduff is an essential one in Macbeth. He acts as the ...view middle of the document...

Dissimilarly to when Lady Macbeth dies, Macbeth can be seen dealing with his grief in a different way, hiding his emotions and sadness in attempts to preserve his manhood. Macduff continues to foil Macbeth and as Macbeth’s character falls and his loss of sanity makes him weaker, Macduff and his character’s importance only grow stronger, till he eventually obtains vengeance for his country and family. Through his growth as a character Macduff shows attributes of a dynamic and round character that rivals and foils that of Macbeth.
Macduff’s character is described as one with a strong and concrete set of morals and his unchanging goodness in the dark atmosphere of Macbeth is what distinguishes him from others in the play. Macduff is obvious in his loyalty, conduct and patriotism in Macbeth. This is evident as he flees his home in Fife to go England. He plans to band together with Malcolm, the king’s son and successor to enlist the English army and overthrow the maniacal Macbeth. His loyal and honorable reputation is seen as he accepts his natural place in the order and helps fight to take back the crown for Scotland and its’ rightful king, not for his own personal greed like Macbeth once did. Macduff is also seen as sensitive and more accepting to vulnerability. In the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth and her husband attempt to avoid embracing emotions and femininity while planning to perform the murder, while Macduff’s character mirrors just that and embraces it, allowing himself to grief, feel and then using these things to motivate him....

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