What does Malcolm mean in lines 136-138 in Macbeth?


What does Malcolm mean in lines 136-138 in Macbeth?


Shakespeare's Macbeth explores the degree to which people will choose to believe or invest in something or someone in order to justify doing what they already want to do. The play tells the story of Macbeth, who commits regicide in order to become the new king. In the process, he commits violent acts that leave him and his wife psychologically tormented, and those closest to him dead.

Main Characters:

  • Macbeth: Macbeth is one of King Duncan's most valued subjects. He defends the king's interests in the beginning of the play by going to war against a rebel lord. However, he has an ambitious streak that leads him to turn on the king once he sees an opportunity to seize the throne.
  • Lady Macbeth: Lady Macbeth is Lord Macbeth's partner-in-crime and the driving force behind King Duncan's murder. When Macbeth tells her that he will be the next king, she urges him to take action and slay the current king, instead of waiting for the prophecy to come true of its own accord. She slowly goes mad, plagued by the idea that the king's blood still remains on her hands, even though she washes them over and over again.
  • Banquo: A close friend and ally of Macbeth, Banquo is one of the few people who is privy to Macbeth's darker nature. He hears the same prophecy as Macbeth, and when Duncan dies, Banquo begins to fear that Macbeth murdered him. Macbeth turns on him out of fear that Banquo will share the prophecy with others.
  • Macduff: Macduff is fated to be Macbeth's undoing. Macbeth tries to avert this fate by murdering Macduff's family, but he only succeeds in making another enemy. Unlike Macbeth, who is motivated primarily by ambition, Macduff is driven by love for his family. Once they are stolen from him, he devotes all his energy to dethroning Macbeth.

Answer and Explanation:

Become a Study.com member to unlock this answer! Create your account

View this answer

In these lines from Act 2, Scene 3, Malcolm tells his brother Donalbain that they should avoid Macbeth and their dead father's advisors because they...

See full answer below.

Learn more about this topic:

Malcolm in Macbeth: Traits, Character Analysis & Quotes


Chapter 1 / Lesson 14

Though Malcolm is a minor character in Shakespeare's ~'Macbeth,~' he's the rightful heir to the throne of Scotland. Through character analysis, explore how this character changes, matures, and impacts the events in the play.

Related to this Question

Explore our homework questions and answers library