Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 19, 1999
In Reply to: "Lead on McDuff" posted by Danny on December 18, 1999
: In Shakspear's MacBeth, "Lay on MacDuff..." is a provocation to a fight. Is this popular phrase "Lead on McDuff" just a missquote and missuse of Shakespear, or was there really some popular "leader" named McDuff?
It has been quite a while since I read Macbeth, but wasn't MacDuff
a powerful lord or thane, a feudal baron who performed militarily
for the king?
Macbeth killed MacDuff's family and MacDuff cut off MacBeth's head and gave the head as a present to the lawful king, Malcolm.