What was Malcolm's ultimate life goal in Macbeth?

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Malcolm's ultimate goal is to become king and rid Scotland of the tyrant that Macbeth has become. Malcolm is a kind, benevolent man. He will ultimately restore order and righteous behavior as coming from the throne of Scotland.

Malcolm desires to help others. He is a caring man. He only flees temporarily in order to not be killed as his father was. With Macbeth as king, tyranny is the outcome. Macbeth is in a murdering frenzy.

In the meantime, Malcolm is building forces to overtake Macbeth. After learning the Macbeth his murdered his beloved family, Macduffjoins Malcolm in a plan to take back the kingdom. The plan works and Macbeth is beheaded by Macduff. Malcolm is restored to the throne and becomes a king with benevolent motives. Macduff comes to Malcolm with Macbeth's head. Tyranny is over:


Hail, king! for so thou art: behold, where stands 
The usurper's cursed head: the time is free: 
I see thee compass'd with thy kingdom's pearl,
That speak my salutation in their minds; 
Whose voices I desire aloud with mine: 
Hail, King of Scotland! 


Hail, King of Scotland! 



We shall not spend a large expense of time 
Before we reckon with your several loves, 
And make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen, 
Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland 
In such an honour named. What's more to do, 
Which would be planted newly with the time, 
As calling home our exiled friends abroad 
That fled the snares of watchful tyranny; 
Producing forth the cruel ministers 
Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen, 
Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands
Took off her life; this, and what needful else 
That calls upon us, by the grace of Grace, 
We will perform in measure, time and place: 
So, thanks to all at once and to each one, 
Whom we invite to see us crown'd at Scone.