Shakespeare’s Macbeth – Key Quotes: Macduff

Macduff discovers Duncan’s body and is horrified O horror! Horror! Horror! Tongue, nor heart cannot conceive, nor name thee! (2:3)
Macduff tells Lady Macbeth that she would be shocked at the news O gentle lady, ’tis not for you to hear (2:3)
Lady Macduff feels resentment towards her husband, believing he lacks paternal instinct He wants the natural touch (4:2)
Macduff is offended by Malcolm’s accusation of him as a traitor – he denies that he would ever think of it I would not be the villain that thou think’st for the whole space that’s in the tyrant’s grasp (4:3)
Macduff is furious with Malcolm, accusing him of tainting his saintly family line Thy royal father was a most sainted King. The Queen that bore thee oft’ner upon her knees than on her feet, died every day she lived (4:3)
Macduff is in complete shock after receiving news of his family’s murder All my pretty ones? Did you say all? All? What, all my pretty chickens, and their dam, at one fell swoop? (4:3)
Malcolm tells Macduff to be brave, but Macduff sees his emotions as an important part of himself I must also feel it as a man… I could play the woman with mine eyes. (4:3)
Macduff feels that if Macbeth was to be slain by anyone other than himself, he would be haunted by guilt forever If thou be’st slain, and with no stroke of mine, my wife and children’s ghosts will haunt me still (4:3)
Macduff tells Macbeth to surrender Then yield thee, coward – We’ll have thee, as our rarer monsters are, painted upon a pole, and underwrit, ‘Here may you see the tyrant’ (5:8)

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