Synopsis of this Scene


Macbeth Act IV Scene 2


In Macbeth’s attempt to completely annihilate his opposition he sends his henchman to kill Macduff’s family. Lady Macduff and her son are helpless to defend themselves as they have neither the weapons nor the physical size and strength to defend themselves.

This scene captures the essence of Macbeth’s evil as he kills off innocent people who have done nothing to oppose him. Lady Macduff, because of her association with her husband is a target by Macbeth. Macbeth’s evil is clearly displayed by his desire not only to kill his enemies but to go after and kill their families who have done nothing to him and are no threat to him.