How did Duncan react on hearing the news of victory in Shakespeare's Macbeth?

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In Act I, even before we see Macbeth, Shakespeare has us learn about his courageous acts and brave deeds on the battlefields. Used as a choral character, the Captain tells the king and the audience that Macbeth has defeated the enemy Macdonwald, the Thane of Cawdor, and the Norwegian army.  Scotland and Norway have been fighting a bitter war, and the king is upset to learn that he had put his trust in the wrong person when he trusted Macdonwald.  King Duncan is very happy to hear such news and orders the death of the traitorous Macdonwald, and then he orders Ross to go tell Macbeth, who's still on the battlefield, that he is the new Thane of Cawdor.

No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Our bosom interest. Go pronounce his present death,(75)
And with his former title greet Macbeth.


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