5 Best Macduff Quotes From Shakespeare's Macbeth

Shakespeare's plays are to date famous worldwide. 'Macbeth' is one of his plays among the most beautifully portrayed tragedies in literature history.

Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' was first performed in 1606.

The play is to date one of the shortest tragedies written by Shakespeare. The basic plot of this play revolves around the idea of "hunger for power".

The play displays various desperate human emotions and shows how even the noblest of men lose their sense of right and wrong when the hunger for power overrides their common sense.

The tragedy of 'Macbeth' revolves around the protagonist, Macbeth, and his desperation to rule. Accompanied by Lady Macbeth and three witches, the Scottish General conspires against King Duncan. The play shows how the conspiracy takes place, how the King was killed, how the King's very own sons were blamed for his murder, and how the conscience of Macbeth troubles his will to rule thereafter.

This article will focus on the character of Macduff. At the beginning of the play, Macduff is introduced as a man of honor who fights on Duncan's side. Being one of the main characters in the play, he is a responsible, loyal man. He is shown to be loyal to his friends and, most importantly, to his country. However, Macduff tends to lose his patience and he is outraged as soon as he gets to know about the murder of King Duncan. Macduff is symbolized as an avenging hero who saves Scotland from the tyranny of Macbeth. He refers to Macbeth as a "fiend of Scotland" and expresses his desperation to meet this "tyrant" face to face. Macduff distrusts Macbeth and is determined to avenge him. He says that Macbeth's body is like a church that has been broken into and had the life stolen from it.

The King's death so shook Macduff that in the play, he says that he wants to kill Macbeth, and he says that if Macbeth refuses to fight him, he will make sure that he is put in front of the people for them to do whatever they wish to. Before the fight between Macduff and Macbeth, he says, "I have no words; my voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain than terms can give thee out."

The ending of the play portrays the win of noble over evil. Macduff finally beheads Macbeth, and he eventually proceeds to the Kingdom of Scone, declares peace, and is then crowned the new King of Scone to live happily ever after.

We have listed some interesting quotes from the play 'Macbeth'. If you like these, you might like these Lady Macbeth quotes and 'Macbeth' ambition quotes too.

Macduff Quotes

The dialogues and the story-line of 'Macbeth' are so bold in themselves that they put life back into the book

Macduff symbolizes the typical avenging hero in 'Macbeth'. Below are a few eminent Macduff quotes from the play, including Macduff quotes about killing Macbeth.

1. "O horror, horror, horror, Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee!

Confusion now hath made his masterpiece; most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope

The Lord's anointed temple, and stole thence; The life of the building."

- Macduff, 'Macbeth', Act 2, Scene 3.

2. "All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop?"

- Macduff, 'Macbeth', Act 4, Scene 3.

3. "I shall do so,

But I must also feel it as a man."

- Macduff, 'Macbeth', Act 4, Scene 3.

The hunger for power not only destroys the life of the noblemen in the castle but adversely affects the common people too.

4. "Bleed, bleed, poor country! Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure, For goodness dare not check thee."

- Macduff, 'Macbeth', Act 4, Scene 3.

5. "Tyrant, show thy face! If thou beest slain, and with no stroke of mine, my wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still."

- Macduff, 'Macbeth', Act 5, Scene 7.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for the best Macduff quotes from Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', why not look at these ['Macbeth' witches quotes] or ['Macbeth' important quotes] too?


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