Macbeth And Macduff Analysis

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Coping with Trauma; The Emotional Differences Between Macbeth and Macduff

In the story of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, the author tells a story of a man who was once a brave soldier, that later succumbs to the witches prophecies, becoming a murderous tyrant. Macbeth’s response when he hears the news of his wife’s death is pessimistic and bleak whereas when Macduff hears about the death of his wife and children he reacts with heartache and fury. Their contrasting reactions towards these tragic events indicate the obscene differences in their respective characters.

Macbeth was once a nobleman, one who fought for good, as well as the people that he cared for. As the story progresses and he learns of the witches prophecy, he
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Macbeth then abandons any remaining sense of loyalty and commits to doing whatever it takes to become king. In the scene where Macbeth’s wife dies, his reaction directly reveals his respective character and who he has become. Macbeth responds by speaking not to anyone directly, but rather into an abyss. He begins by saying, “She should have died hereafter. There would have been time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” (Act 5 Scene 5: 17-20). In this quote, Macbeth has just received news of his wife’s death. Rather than displaying feelings of sadness, bewilderment, or grievance, Macbeth merely speaks these lines stating that she would have died later anyways and how the news of her death was bound to come soon. In this scene, Macbeth never directly addressed his wife’s death, but instead he he speaks about how life is …show more content…
He was a close companion to King Duncan and was outraged when hearing news of his death. These character traits remain consistent throughout the story, however, they are especially prevalent during the scene in which his wife and children are murdered. When Macduff receives news that Macbeth has hired men to murdered his wife and children, Malcolm suggests that Macduff needs to “fight it like a man”, Macduff responds by saying this, “I shall do so, But I must also feel it as a man. I cannot but remember such things were / That were most precious to me. Did heaven look on, And would not take their part? 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” (Act 4 Scene 3: 227-234). As demonstrated in this quote, Macduff is processing the news of his wife and children’s death by experiencing emotions of shock and mourning, in addition to this, he feels as if he’s accountable for what happened. These feelings epitomize Macduff’s character and goes to show how he is a noble man with integrity and the ability to express his true emotions without feeling

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