(Lady Macbeth did have at least one child, but no actual son of Macbeth is mentioned in the play – the “baby” could have been a girl, or died young, or – more likely – was a reference to his historical stepson Lulach from Lady Macbeth’s previous marriage, Macbeth’s heir but not his own son.)
It’s no surprise that Macbeth and his wife lost a child – she says: “I’ve suckled and I know/how tender it is to love the baby that milks me”, but so there is no trace of her child anywhere in Shakespeare’s play.
Regarding the world of the play, the only information we have is that the Macbeths once had a child but don’t seem to have one now. This means there is a ‘lost’ child that we need to include in some way in our understanding of the play.
What happens to Lady Macduff and her son just after the messenger leaves? They will be murdered.
” This quote shows that Lady Macbeth would never lie and would never betray Macbeth, she would even kill her own child if that was what Macbeth wanted. She is a typical bad person at the beginning of the play and her first scene is a scene where she asks to become more manly.
In Orson Welles’ film version of Macbeth (1948), Fleance is briefly seen again at the very end of the film. He does not speak in this scene, but he has returned to Scotland with the army of Malcolm and Macduff and is shown with those celebrating Malcolm as the new king after Macbeth’s assassination.
Sadly Lady Macbeth takes on a more masculine personality to compensate for the father’s absence and was therefore unable to protect his child. As such, she resents her husband for his inability to care for him and therefore emasculates him.
Macbeth’s childlessness is connected to his tyranny. At one point, Macbeth admits that his reign is a “fruitless crown” and a “barren scepter” – his parental status affecting the unfolding tragedy of his kingship.
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Macduff’s son is able to trade jokes with his mother, sometimes even surpassing her. He is wild enough to deny his father as a traitor and to insult a murderer in the face. He is promptly murdered.
Lady Macduff is a character in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. She is married to Lord Macduff, the Thane of Fife. Her appearance in the play is brief: she and her son are introduced in Act IV Scene II, a climax scene which ends with both being murdered on Macbeth’s orders.
Why is this scene important? Shakespeare shows the themes of loyalty and betrayal being discussed and demonstrated. We see the increasing humiliation and brutality of Macbeth’s rule: Banquo was murdered for a purpose; Lady Macduff and her son, who are utterly innocent, are brutally murdered out of sheer malice.
It’s about sexual frustration and its effects. The whole play shows how Macbeth, unable to perform sexually and having a child with Lady M, tries to satisfy her by making her queen, thereby bringing about her downfall.
The “Newborn Baby” and the “Cherubiins” apparently represent Duncan’s innocence. She, too, seems to see a baby as a symbol of innocence, but innocence is something she doesn’t value very much. When the ghost of Banquo comes to Macbeth’s banquet for the second time, Macbeth proves his courage.
The feeling of immense sadness sets the stage for his desire to avenge her by eventually killing Macbeth. Siward, a supporting character, utters these lines at the end of the play upon learning that his son was killed in battle. Even though he’s sad, he’s proud that his son died a brave and honorable death.