Does Shakespeare see evil as stronger than the forces of good in Macbeth?Consider the events and outcomes of Macbeth to justify the answer.

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I do not think that Shakespeare sees evil as stronger than good or human understanding because in the end, Scotland is returned to her rightful king and Malcolm is an element of good in the play.  Macbeth certainly is taken over by his greed and ambition, and a sense of evil gets the better of him and clouds his good judgment.  However, evil overall does not reign supreme, and the audience sees the harm that evil has caused to Macbeth throughout the play.  He has lost his wife, the loyalty of his subjects, and his integrity.  Macbeth knows that he should grow old in the company of friends, but he acknowledges that he is now alone.  So evil does not overcome good in the end--evil leaves Scotland with the beheading of Macbeth.