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What is the conclusion of the plot in Macbeth?

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Posted February 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM via web

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What is the conclusion of the plot in Macbeth?

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM (Answer #1)

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As in most of Shakespeare's plays, he does a great job of wrapping up all the elements of plot in the fifth act. At the conclusion of Macbeth, the tyrant has been executed, the kingdom has been restored, and Macduff's family has been avenged. There is much more to the conclusion than just the events, though. In Act 5, we also see the conclusion of several images and themes developed throughout the play. The theme of appearance vs reality, and the motif of equivocation, is brought to a close as Macbeth realizes the truth of the witches' prophecies. The repeated images connecting blood and guilt are brought to a close through both the death of Macbeth and the suicide of Lady Macbeth. Through each of these conclusions, Shakespeare is able to demonstrate the disconnect what people perceive to be true and what is actually true, as well as show the very real consequences for rebelling against the natural order of life.

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