Mind Map by SageS, updated more than 1 year ago
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This is a little mind map to give you an idea of what the character, Macduff, is like through examples from the text, Macbeth, itself. And I have hopes that this gives you some insight on what Macduff is like through others' words or actions.

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1 2. Patriotic
1.1 1. As Macduff sets off to England, he goes to see Malcolm, with hopes of convincing him to gather an army to rid of the tyrant, Macbeth. Though Malcolm is not easily convinced and is suspicious. Thinking that Macduff may be a spy. So he tests him by saying that he would be even worse if he were to rule Scotland; and of course, Macduff's patriotic words convince Malcolm, making Macduff worthy of Malcolm's trust.
1.1.1 "Fit to govern? No, not to live. O nation miserable! With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered, when shalt thou see thy wholesome days again, since that the truest issue of thy throne by his own interdiction stands accursed and does blaspheme his breed? Thy royal father was a most sainted King. The Queen that bore thee, oftener upon her knees than on her feet, died everyday she lived. Fare thee well! These evils thou repeatest upon thyself have banished me from Scotland. O my breast, thy hope ends here!" (4.3.116-127)
1.2 2. As Macduff meets with Malcolm, Malcolm tells Macduff to sit with him and weep and cry their hearts out because of the tyrant who rules Scotland, Macbeth. But Macduff refuses and tells him that they must stay strong and firm with sword in hand to defend their homeland like honorable men.
1.2.1 "MALCOLM: Let us seek out some desolate shade and there weep our sad bosoms empty. MACDUFF: Let us rather hold fast the mortal sword and, like good men, bestride our downfall'n birthdom." (4.3.1-4)
2 1. Loyal
2.1 1. As Macduff discovers that the King has been murdered, his loyality of the king is shown through the words he says. And through these words, he seems to mourn for his death more than the King's sons.
2.1.1 "Oh horror! Horror! Horror! Tongue nor heart cannot concieve nor name thee!" (1.3.64-65)
2.1.2 "Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope the Lord's anointed temple and stole thence the life of the building." (1.3.68-70)
2.2 2. Macduff has always been devoted to King Duncan. Even after the death of King Duncan, Macduff still acknowledges the King and highly respects him. Referencing what he knows.
2.2.1 "The royal father was a most sainted King." (
3 3. Affectionate
3.1 1. When Macduff is told that Macbeth has murdered is family, he is outraged, in an outbirst of emotion, showing that he not only cares of Scotland, but also his own family. Then regretting for leaving his family vulnerable to the evils of Macbeth, and decides to take revenge.
3.1.1 "He has no children. - All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop?" (4.3.248-251)
3.1.2 "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." (4.3.253-260)
4 4. Honest
4.1 1. At first he firmly believes that Duncan's attendants, suborned by Malcolm and Donalbain, have committed the murder, and he does not hesitate in letting his opinion be known.
4.1.1 "They were suborned. Malcolm and Donalbain, the king's two sons are stolen away and fled; which puts upon them suspicion of the deed." (2.4.32-35)
5 5. Impulsive
5.1 1. As Macduff leaves for England, he acts on the spur of the moment without thinking of the possible results that may occur while he is away so suddenly without notice. Which leaves his wife and family vulnerable to the tyrant, Macbeth. And also Macduff's own wife, Lady Macduff, is lead to believe that Macduff has become a traitor because of this impulsiveness.
5.1.1 "Wisdom! to leave his wife, to leave his babes, his mansion and his titles in a place From whence himself does fly? He loves us not - he wants the natural touch. For the poor wren, the most diminutive of birds, will fight, Her young ones in her nest, against the owl." (4.2.8-16)
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