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Character & Motivation

Lady Macduff headshot

Lady Macduff


My Motto(s)
  • Whither should I fly? / I have done no harm. (4.2.72-3)
Also Called
  • my wife (4.3.176)
  • mother (4.3.32)
  • fair dame! (4.3.64)
  • My pretty cousin (4.2.25)
  • The Thane of Fife had a wife (5.1.40-1)
My Quotes:

Wisdom! To leave his wife, to leave his babes, His mansion, and his titles, in a place From whence himself does fly? He loves us not (4.2.6-8)

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Lady Macduff is married to Macduff and together they have a young son who also appears in the play. We meet Lady Macduff as she talks with Ross and then her son about Macduff, declaring him a traitor. She believes he cannot love his family as he has fled the country for England and left them behind. This conversation is cut off midway at the arrival of the murderers, who proceed to kill both Lady Macduff and her son by order of Macbeth.

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. The Thane of Fife had a wife: where is she now? (5.1.40-1)

  2. Wither should I fly?
    I have done no harm. (4.2.72-3)

  3. I am so much a fool, should I stay longer,
    It would be my disgrace and your discomfort:
    I take my leave at once. (4.2.27-9)

  4. I dare not speak much further:
    But cruel are the times, when we are traitors,
    And do not know ourselves. (4.2.17-9)

  5. My dearest coz,
    I pray you, school yourself: but, for your husband,
    He is noble, wise, judicious, and best knows
    The fits o’th’season. (4.2.14-7)