In William Shaklespeare's play, "Macbeth," Lady Macduff and her son are brave and crack bitter jokes in the face of death. The joking banter shows the affection the mother feels for her son and the child's awareness of the situation.
Lady Macduff and her young son are written as likable characters and are presented in a way that the audience can feel a bond with them. The pair jokes about the father's absence, the mother's affection for the husband who abandoned her and, finally, about the foolishness of the traitors for allowing themselves to be hung when there are more traitors than honest people around to hang them. Both Lady Macduff and her son showed courage by verbally standing up to their murderers before they were killed.