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Lord Macduff, the Thane of Fife, is a character in William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Macduff plays a pivotal role in the play: he suspects Macbeth of regicide and eventually kills Macbeth in the final act. PIctured here is Dan O'Herlihy as Macduff in Orson Welles' controversial film adaptation of Macbeth from 1948.

Macduff - Oh but I wish I caught you sooner man not born of woman, You may have been the death of me but my ghost shall haunt you, thane, till Birnam Wood attacks THE Castle of Fife!

when ambition and determination go unchecked in the Play of Macbeth it becomes firmly rooted in the personalities of the two protagonists. Macbeth is a valiant scottish general who is not naturally driven or inclined to commit evil acts or deeds, yet he deeply desires advancement and power. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, pursues her desires with great determination, but is less capable of withstanding the emotional repercussions of her immoral and treacherous acts.

when ambition and determination go unchecked in the Play of Macbeth it becomes firmly rooted in the personalities of the two protagonists. Macbeth is a valiant scottish general who is not naturally driven or inclined to commit evil acts or deeds, yet he deeply desires advancement and power. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, pursues her desires with great determination, but is less capable of withstanding the emotional repercussions of her immoral and treacherous acts.

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Noah Smith and Josh Wilhoit as Ross and Macduff in Macbeth on Woolfe

Noah Smith and Josh Wilhoit as Ross and Macduff in Macbeth on Woolfe

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"I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other." As Macbeth thinks of all the reasons to not kill the king he realizes this important truth about himself.

Banquo - Macbeth

"What are these, So withered, and so wild in their attire, That look not like th' inhabitants o' the earth, And yet are on 't?" --Banquo from "Macbeth" Killian Scott as Banquo in the movie "The Tragedy of Macbeth"

Angus - Macbeth, 2001

Richard as Angus - Macbeth, 2001

Theme: Another driving factor in Macbeth was ambition (a dark, twisted ambition full of corruption and lies).

A secondary school revision resource for GCSE English Literature about the themes of Shakespeare's Macbeth

"He has killed me, mother, Run away, I pray you!" This scene represents the perpetration of Macbeth's third crime. Lady Macduff and her children represent innocence,so the senseless murders of Lady Macduff and her son show how much Macbeth has deteriorated into a cold-blooded killer. These killings reinstate Macbeth's character flaws which eventually leads to his tragic death.

Lady Macduff feels betrayed by her husband and that is the last thing she thinks of him before she dies.

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