How is Macbeth seen after his death? Meaning, is he seen as a tyrant, as a noble soldier, as a deranged human?
The audience and reader does not see Macbeth die. We learn of his death when Macduff enters the stage to show Malcolm, Ross, and Siward what he calls "the usurper's cursed head," which he has severed after their battle. Malcolm's speech in response demonstrates that the title character is viewed as a wicked tyrant that everyone seems relieved to be rid of. He refers to "the dead butcher and his fiend-like queen," and looks forward to bringing home the ministers and officials who fled Scotland upon Macbeth's ascent to power. Throughout Macbeth, the reader or audience is invited to consider profound questions involving fate and free will and the corrosive nature of unlawful ambition. Some have argued that Macbeth is a more nuanced character than he appears on the surface, even that he was to some extent the victim of the machinations of others. But the characters do not view him this way at the end of the play. To them he was simply evil incarnate, and Malcolm is grateful to Macduff for killing him.