The play in Act 1, Scene 4, 1 - 8 by William Shakespeare which has the line, "Nothing in his life became him, like the leaving it" is "Macbeth". It is said by Malcolm during a conversation with King Duncan. Malcolm is referring to actions taken and comments made by Cawdor before he died.

"Nothing in his life became him, like the leaving it," Malcolm says this. The meaning here confirms the death of the Thane of Cawdor. It means the Thane died with great dignity. He had lived badly, but he bravely confessed to his crimes. In other words, this quotation refers to the traitorous man named Cawdor. He confessed his treason, repented, and asked for King Duncan's pardon right before he is executed. The only good thing Cawdor did in his whole evil life was to repent for his villainous behavior and die with a clear, forthright, and honest conscience. Cawdor's actions seem to provide a good example for others.

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