Comparing Macduff and Macbeth

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Macbeth/Macduff Essay Macbeth is the main character, but also ends up being the antagonist. At first the reader tries to understand what he’s doing and have sympathy for him but as the play progresses we lose faith. Macbeth is a very bad character, but there are also other “foils” which we can compare to him. Macduff is portrayed as the good, respectable and loyal protagonist of the book, juxtaposed to Macbeth, who is evil, deceitful and a traitor. Macbeth’s wrongdoings are amplified by the kindness and loyalty of Macduff and the legacy Duncan left as a great king. Macbeth and Macduff are almost complete opposites. Macduff’s sincerity and loyalty helps expose how bad Macbeth actually is. Macduff’s character shows that even though Macbeth is the main character, and in the beginning he doesn’t seem that bad, but in the end he seems like a really horrible person. Macbeth seems like an even worse person after he kills Macduff’s family for no apparent reason. Macduff has some real hatred for Macbeth, on 143 he says “Not in the legions of horrid hell can come a devil more damned in evils to top Macbeth.” Macduff is not bloodthirsty, he just wants revenge. Because of Macduff there is a strong protagonist to fight against Macbeth. Duncan and Banquo are killed so Macduff takes their place as “the good guy”. Another comparison that is made to Macbeth is with Duncan, the old king. Duncan was described as a great king, everyone loved him. Macbeth is pretty much the worst King. When Malcolm comes to Macduff, Malcolm tests Macduff by saying that when he is King “black Macbeth will seem as pure as snow” (143). Macduff then says that he isn’t fit to rule, this shows his integrity. Macduff isn’t out to get power, but to avenge Duncan. Macbeth was all about trying to get power, and then doing everything to keep that power. Duncan, the king before Macbeth was a great
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