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... immortality. Indeed, Macduff, avenging those they have needlessly slain to buttress their crumbling status quo, confronts the Thane, exclaiming with disdain, "I have no words. My voice is my sword. Thou bloodier villain than terms give thee out!" (5.8.4-6). Just as the original man and woman fell from God 's grace and lost immortality in the Garden, so too the Macbeths fell from the people 's grace and lost their lives. Notice also the sword imagery, another crucial link between Macbeth and the original sin. After all, "[God] drove the man out, and He stationed from the east of the Garden of Eden the cherubim and the blade of the revolving sword, to guard the way to the Tree of Life" (3:24). Hence, the swinging sword guarding the entrance to Eden parallels Macduff swinging sword which kills Macbeth. Murder is irreversible, and return to the status quo is impossible.
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