Macbeth Character Profile: Malcolm (Shrewd Character (King Duncan's…
Macbeth Character Profile: Malcolm
King Duncan's Son
Believes he possesses the qualities of a king
Duncan names him 'Prince of Cumberland' and heir to the throne
Immediately suspects Macbeth for killing his , Duncan "
To show an unfelt sorrow is an office which the false man does easy'"
Virtues young man and very gracious concerning the execution of Cawdor
Wisely fled to England
Macbeth had identified his existence as a barrier to his ambitions
Learns from his fathers mistakes
Refuses to trust Macduff before testing his loyalty
Points out that that Macduff was a friends of Macbeths but had not been harmed yet "
.. you have loved him well; he hath not touched you yet"
Claims he'd be an even greater Tyrant than Macbeth
Provokes a genuinely anguished response from Macduff leaving Malcolm with no doubts about his loyalty or trustworthiness
Self-assured and well established - revealing himself as a shrewd politician unwilling to commit himself until the evidence is clear
Urges Macduff to convert his grief into anger "
Blunt not the heart"
, but "
Leads counter-action against Macbeth
Confidently asserting that God is on the side of the forces of good
Time is right to bring an end to Macbeth's tyranny "
Macbeth is ripe for shaking, and the powers above put on their instruments. Recieve what cheer you may: the night is long that never finds day."
Displays tactical cleverness
Orders his men to carry a branch infant of them as they approach Dunsinane in order to disguise their numbers
Future Importance is underlined
Recalls those forced into exile "
by watchful tyranny"
generously rewards those loyal to him
He will follow in his father's footsteps and be a virtuous king
Royalty of nature is reflected in his stated in his stated intention to rule "
by the grace of Grace"