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everyone “once thought [was] honest.” Macduff denies association with Macbeth, but Malcolm will not abandon the idea of Macbeth as “treacherous.” Malcolm tests Macduff when he questions Macduff for leaving his family in the “rawness” of Scotland under Macbeth’s kingship. Line Citation Literal Level Interpretive Level Evaluative Level
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When Malcolm does not believe him, Macduff respectfully bids Malcolm to “fare [himself] well” and begins to leave. Malcolm depicts himself as a lustful and greedy leader, that Macbeth’s evil deeds pale in comparison to his own. Macduff tries to reassure him that nothing in “horrid hell” would perform the “evils to top Macbeth.” Malcolm continues to test Macduff when he insists that as king he would only “hunger [for] more” of the material wealth from Scotland and his people. Macduff plays along and reassures him his better qualities will overshadow his greed. Malcolm denies having any good qualities that befit a king.
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  • Fall '12
  • GeralynWilliscroft
  • English, Macbeth, Scotland, Malcolm III of Scotland, Duncan I of Scotland, Macduff

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