Shakespeare’s Macbeth – Key Quotes: Malcolm

Malcolm comments on how the untrustworthy find it easy to pretend to be good To show unfelt sorrow is an office which the false man does easy (2:3)
Malcolm talks about how Macbeth used to be seen as respectful This tyrant… was once thought honest (4:3)
Malcolm distrusts Macduff, saying that he could be influenced by Macbeth A good and virtuous nature may recoil in an imperial charge (4:3)
Malcolm says he cannot trust anyone – anyone could be bad, even he who seems the most virtuous Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell (4:3)
Malcolm pretends to be a tyrant in order to decide whether Macduff is telling the truth esteem him as a lamb, being compared with my confineless harms (4:3)
Malcolm identifies a patriotism in Macduff which leads him to have faith in him Macduff, this noble passion hath reconciled my thoughts to thy good and honour (4:3)
Malcolm offers himself for the sake of his country What I am truly is thine, and my poor country’s to command. (4:3)

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