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.
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.