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Character & Motivation

Malcolm headshot



My Motto(s)
  • What I am truly, / Is thine, and my poor country’s, to command (4.3.123-32)
Also Called
  • Our eldest, Malcolm (1.4.38)
  • Malcolm, and Donalbain, the King’s two sons (2.4.25)
  • The Prince of Cumberland (1.4.39)
My Quotes:

What I believe, I’ll wail; What know, believe; and what I can redress, As I shall find the time to friend, I will. (4.3.8-10)

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Malcolm is Duncan’s eldest son. He is declared as Duncan’s heir at the end of the opening battle, an event that Macbeth sees as an obstacle to his ambitions. Upon Duncan’s death, Malcolm and Donalbain flee from Scotland, fearing that they will suffer a fate similar to Duncan. This is perceived as guilt, and they are blamed for Duncan’s murder. He is later seen hiding in England with Macduff, where he tests Macduff’s loyalty to Scotland and to him by lying about himself. When Macduff proves to be loyal to Scotland, he reveals his true, kingly nature and tells of his plan to regain Scotland from Macbeth. He suggests that his soldiers disguise themselves as trees from Birnan Wood, and thus brings about a sign of Macbeth’s downfall. It is implied, at the end of the play that he will be crowned king.

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. Hail, King! For so thou art. Behold where stands
    The usurper’s cursed head… Hail, King of Scotland! (5. 9. 20-1, 25)

  2. I will not yield
    To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet. (5.6. 66-7)

  3. Boundless intemperance
    In nature is a tyranny. It hath been
    The untimely emptying of the happy throne,
    And fall of many kings. But fear not yet
    To take upon you what is yours. (4.3. 66-70)

  4. Your royal father’s murther’d. (2.3.98)

  5. The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood
    Is stopped, the very source of it is stopped. (2.3. 95-6)

  6. The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step
    On which I must fall down, or else o’erleap,
    For in my way it lies. (1.4. 49-51)

  7. We will establish our estate upon
    Our eldest, Malcolm; whom we name hereafter
    The Prince of Cumberland. (1.4.37-9)