Act 4 Scene 2

Characters: Lady Macduff, Callum, Rosse, Messenger, 1st murderer, 2nd murderer.

Time: After Macbeth’s viewing of the apparitions.

Location: Macduff’s castle. A particular room.

Events: Lady Macduff talks of how her husband has fed. Rosse looks out for him and defends him, but that is difficult without being treacherous to the king. Lady Macduff at this point  gets into an argument with her children about what a traitor is, and Lady Macduff then speaks of how he is ‘dead’ and could buy 20 more at the shop. The son is not a fan of this. Rosse also left a while before, knowing trouble came this way. Instead, a messenger comes in and tells of how a threat comes, and then leaves for fear of his personal safety. A murderer comes in and kills callum, and lady Macduff runs.

Quote:”What is a traitor?” Said by Callum, and next; “Why, one that swears and lies.” Which is said by Lady Macduff. What is said by Callum can be taken to mean that he is curious as to what a traitor is, and he wonders why his father is being called that. What his Mum then says makes it seem that who lie and swear are traitors. After that the son says: “Then the liars and swearers are fools; for there are liars and swearers enow to beat the honest men, and hang them up.” What this means is that Callum is fully aware of the fact that most people are liars and swearers, and so what his Mum said can’t be true, because the majority can’t betray the minority. what he says could also be taken to mean that there are enough bad people in this world to work together and take over this world, and no one could stop them.

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