How Is the Natural and Moral Order Restored in Scotland and How is This Shown in the Play?
The natural and moral order is restored by the end of the play after the murder of Macbeth by Macduff, therefore allowing Malcolm to be king. As King Duncan’s son, Malcolm had run away to England because he had suspected that he was in danger too of being murdered. When Macduff seeks him out to join his rebellion against King Macbeth, he is very reluctant to return to Scotland at first. He states that “black Macbeth will seems as pure as snow… being compared to my confineless harms”. Although this sounds like he is belittling himself, it is actually a test towards Macduff to determine whether he is secretly attempting to trap Malcolm on Macbeth’s behalf. But once it is proven that Macduff is in fact intent on overthrowing Macbeth’s power, they set an army towards Scotland. Malcolm states that “let grief convert to anger; blunt not the heart, enrage it”, demonstrating his ability to motivate individuals, the first indication that he could be a suitable king. By the end of the play, Malcolm is in fact crowned King after the death of Macbeth, and restores order to Scotland. He addresses his men after the battle as “earls, the first that ever Scotland in such an honour named” and mentions that the death of young Siward is “worth more sorrow; and that [he’ll] spend for him”. This highlights the compassionate nature that Malcolm has towards his men, and in contrast to the “dead butcher” known as Macbeth, indicates a brighter future for