Donalbain Macbeth Analysis Essay

Macbeth Analysis Essay

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In the beginning of the play Macbeth and Macduff are very similar in many aspects including rank, leadership, belief, and loyalty. But as the play unfolds, Shakespeare reveals these two characters are as different as night from day. In this essay I will compare and contrast the characters of the murderous Macbeth, and the forthright Macduff. I will consider their status within the Scottish society and the depth of their intelligence. I will also evaluate their actions and their relationships with other characters, including their families and I will discuss their degrees of ambition.

Macbeth is originally the Thane of Glamis whereas Macduff is the Thane of Fife; and so both men are highly-ranked generals in the Scottish army and are…show more content…

When he hears the Doctor’s medical opinion of his wife, Macbeth sarcastically asks the doctor; “What purgative drug / Would scour these English hence? Hear'st thou of them?” (5, 3, 55-56). Also when he learns that his wife has committed suicide, he does not grief for Lady Macbeth because he is unable to express his feelings. Before she dies, she cries out; “Here's the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten / this little hand…” (5, 1, 48-49). His mind is engaged with the witches promise and therefore hopes that this will protect him.

Macduff's intelligence leans towards irresponsibility when he abandons his family without realising the danger his actions will cause them. When Macduff goes to England for help in freeing Scotland from the tyrant Macbeth, and informs Malcolm of the terrible things that have been happening in Scotland, he says; "Let us rather / Hold fast the mortal sword, and like good men / Bestride our down-fall'n birthdom" (4, 3, 2-4). There is a great sense of urgency in Macduff's words because his thoughts become obsessive with eliminating Scotland of its evil tyrant rather than focusing on his family. His suspicion grows after Macbeth’s killing of the guards and so he refuses to attend Macbeth’s coronation which leads to the murder of his family.

Macbeth's actions are evil, inconsiderate, and reckless. His actions become apparent when Macduff asks Ross about how things

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In Macbeth, Donalbain is a son of King Duncan. His older brother is Malcolm, the heir to the throne of Scotland. Though he is present throughout the early scenes of the play, Donalbain does not speak, which makes it difficult to glean any details about his character. When his father is murdered in Act II, Scene 3, Donalbain realizes this act has a political motive, and he expresses some fear to his brother, Malcolm:

Hid...

In Macbeth, Donalbain is a son of King Duncan. His older brother is Malcolm, the heir to the throne of Scotland. Though he is present throughout the early scenes of the play, Donalbain does not speak, which makes it difficult to glean any details about his character. When his father is murdered in Act II, Scene 3, Donalbain realizes this act has a political motive, and he expresses some fear to his brother, Malcolm:

Hid in an auger-hole, may rush and seize us?

Let’s away.

In other words, Donalbain realizes his father's murder has a direct impact on his own life. While concerned for his own life (and his brother's), he still mourns the loss of his father, which suggests that he has strong family ties. This is shown in the next line:

Our tears are not yet brewed.

Donalbain does not flee with his brother. Instead, he goes to Ireland because he knows that being separated from Malcolm will ensure a better chance of survival. In this respect, Donalbain is politically very astute. Moreover, that Donalbain intends on raising on army suggests that he is keen to fight back and that he does not shy away from danger and physical violence. As such, he will protect his family's dynasty, whatever the cost. 

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