Macduff - The Hero in Macbeth

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Macduff - The Hero in Macbeth

Some people are just meant to be heroes. In this wonderful play by Shakespeare Macduff is a good choice and born to be a hero. Throughout Macbeth there are several examples of Macduffs heroism and bravery. Macduff is a loving, caring man of action, Thane of Fife and a Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth's kingship. When he leaves his loving family to flee to England to join Malcolm, Macbeth has Macduff's wife and children murdered. At the end of the play, Macduff (who was born through a caesarean section) kills Macbeth bringing prosperity back to Scotland, and proving the truth in the witches prophecy that "no man of woman born" can harm Macbeth and his true heroism.

Macduff ends up putting his country ahead of his family, whom he loves dearly when he quickly decides to flee to England. Macduff made the hardest decision of his life and a decision he had to make to bring prosperity back to Scotland.

Lady Macduff questions her husband's wisdom as she sees no reason for him to leave his family and home behind. "Wisdom! To leave his wife, to leave his babes, his mansion and his titles in a place from where himself does fly?" Lady Macduff yells in question. Although fleeing to England to Malcom's side was a very questionable decision, there was no doubt in Macduff's mind of what had to be done.

Madduff is a man of action rather than a man of words. There are several occasions where Macduff acts on his thoughts rather than sitting down and talking about it showing his courage, passion and bravery. Macduff left his family whom he loves dearly, and fled without words to England. "My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain than terms can...