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A 5 page essay that analyzes Act IV, Scene III from Macbeth. The writer argues that this scene in Act IV is pivotal to the action of the play because it provides through characterization and motivation a contrast that serves as an antithesis of Macbeth. In other words, this scene provides a close look at the "good" guys of the play and dramatizes their many noteworthy qualities. No additional sources cited.
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good monarch, and the results of his tyranny and misdeeds are immediately evident as the country begins to fall apart under his rule. This is, in fact, the first point
made in this scene. However, this scene in Act IV is pivotal to the action of the play because it provides through characterization and motivation a contrast that serves as
an antithesis of Macbeth. In other words, this scene provides a close look at the "good" guys of the play and dramatizes their many noteworthy qualities. As mentioned, the
first point established in this scene is that Scotland is suffering under Macbeth. Macduff, a nobleman of Scotland who has opposed Macbeth, is talking with Malcolm, the son of slain
King Duncan, at the court of the English king. Malcolm invites Macduff to seek out some "desolate shade" where they could commiserate about their nations fallen state and "Weep
our sad bosoms empty" (line 2). Macduff disagrees and urges Malcolm to attack Macbeths forces, but Malcolm is reticent. He goes into an extended description of his own personality, which
he puts in the direst of terms. Malcolm describes himself as someone who is corrupt, wanton, lustful and tyrannical. "Your matrons and your maids, could not fill up / The
cistern of my lust, and my desire / all continent impediments would oerbear...better Macbeth/ Than such an one to reign" (lines 62-66). After describing himself as capable of practically any
evil, he asks Macduffs opinion, "If such a one be fit to govern, speak: I am as I have spoken" (Act IV, scene III, line 101). "Fit to govern!"
exclaims Macduff. "No not to live" (lines 102-103), and he goes on to be mourn the fate of his country, but -- interestingly -- does not dispute the right of