But in its broader sense, it means one’s steadfastness in allegiance to a person or cause, or to one’s country or sovereign.
Loyalty is a quality which is found mainly among the brave and the bold characters.
Meek and weak persons are mostly found lacking in the spirit of loyalty.
In expressing his loyalty to the dead king he ignores his equally great commitment to protect his family. Why then, did Macduff leave his wife and family unprotected?
Macduff returns from the scene of Duncan’s murder crying "O Horror, horror, horror! Perhaps, there was a conflict of loyalties in- love of country vs.
" (Act II, Scene3, 63) The response of the other lords is revealing. love of family- in his heart; realist though he was, Macduff may not have believed that Macbeth would stoop to such brutality and wickedness as the murder of women and children.
From the beginning of the play, Banquo is seen a Macbeth’s closest friend.
In the start, Macbeth and Banquo are loyal, honourable and impressive warriors in the king’s army.
Later in the play we see Banquo as being a contrast to Macbeth as Macbeth’s ambition and selfishness takes over.
Loyalty forms the basis of human character, builds up the foundation of a free country, and demands all law-abiding citizens to be loyal and patriotic.
The Essential Macduff in Macbeth Like in all (or most) Shakespeare plays, there is always a hero that overcomes evil supernatural forces. His loyalty and patriotism to his dear country, Scotland, is more exceeding unlike the likes of the other Scottish nobles, Macduff was devastated by the murder of his dear king, and he also somewhat sacrifices his family for his country.