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Macbeth Gender Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line) from the Folger Shakespeare Library

Quote #10

MACDUFF
He has no children. All my pretty ones?
Did you say "all"? O hell-kite! All?
What, all my pretty chickens and their dam
At one fell swoop? 

MALCOLM
Dispute it like a man. 

MACDUFF
I shall do so,
But I must also feel it as a man.
I cannot but remember such things were
That were most precious to me. (4.3.255-262)

Boys don't cry? Not so, says Macduff. He can be a man and also mourn the brutal murder of his wife and children. Talk about setting a good example.

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