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Macbeth Act 4, Scene 2 Summary

  • At Fife, in Macduff's castle, Lady Macduff is lamenting to Ross that her husband has run away, which, sure makes him look suspicious.
  • Also, abandoning your family with no defense is seriously uncool. It's cool, Ross says. Macduff had his reasons.
  • Lady Macduff then has a funny bit of banter with her young son about how his father is dead.
  • Before she can go to market to buy a new husband (as she says), a messenger enters advising her to flee with her children.
  • Since she's innocent, she sees no reason to leave.Try telling that to the murderer, who enters claiming that Macduff is a traitor.
  • Macduff's son retorts, is stabbed, and then dies, leaving the murderers to pursue mom.

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