What is the significance of the ending/closing scene of Macbeth?

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The ending of Macbeth is very significant to the action of the play given that the ending provides a lesson in morality.

Over the course of the play, readers come to find that Macbeth's demise is the result of his growing ambition. This ambition far surpasses his initial hold to the importance of right over wrong. During the play, Macbeth's growing ambition changes him from a honorable and recognized hero to a dishonored and despised man.

The ending of the play, therefore, offers readers with two closures (regarding the significance of the ending). First, the reader finds closure in the fact that Macbeth must face the consequences for his actions. Second, the ending provides a lesson readers are sure not to forget: that one's holding of good over evil will insure one's survival (as proven by Macduff and Malcolm's survival).

In the end, Macbeth's actions speak much louder than his words. If he would have simply allowed "chance to crown him" he would not have "found" himself in the predicament at the closing of the play.


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