How does Duncan reward Macbeth for his bravery in defeating the rebels?After that, I have to comment on the order in which Duncan announces it and Macbeth finds it out.

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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the end of act 1, scene 2, after listening to eyewitness accounts of Macbeth's bravery, Duncan decides to make Macbeth the new thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is not present in this scene, so Duncan tells Ross to deliver the good news:

Go pronounce his present death,

And with his former title greet Macbeth.

In the next scene, Macbeth and Banquo meet with the witches. Take a look at how the second witch greets Macbeth:

All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!

What is interesting about this greeting is that Macbeth finds out he is thane of Cawdor before he has received the official news from Ross. Duncan has only just made the decision, but the witches already know about it.

Macbeth is skeptical about what the witches tell him, but at the end of this scene, he receives the news from Ross, confirming that he really is the new thane of Cawdor.

By putting the events into this order, Shakespeare adds a supernatural element to this scene because it seems the witches are capable of knowing the future. For Macbeth specifically, hearing the news from Ross validates the prophecies, making him believe everything the witches have said to him will come true.

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act One, Scene 2, King Duncan learns about Macbeth's exploits on the battlefield and is impressed with his bravery and skill. After Ross tells Duncan about the Thane of Cawdor's betrayal, Duncan instructs Ross to give the title of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth.

In Act One, Scene 3, Ross delivers the king's message to Macbeth, who is surprised and shocked that the witches' prophecy is accurate. However, Macbeth immediately begins to think about how he will become king after hearing that he is now the Thane of Cawdor.

In Act One, Scene 4, Macbeth meets Duncan face to face and has the opportunity to thank Duncan for giving him the new title of Thane of Cawdor. In Act Two, Scene 1, Banquo greets Macbeth and mentions that King Duncan has been unusually hospitable. Banquo then tells Macbeth that Duncan has given his household and servants many gifts. King Duncan also gives Lady Macbeth a diamond to demonstrate his appreciation for Macbeth's valiant performance in battle.

MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Duncan rewards Macbeth with the title of the Thane of Cawdor, and all land that comes with it. He also says that Macbeth will rise to new levels of power and glory, saying “I have begun to plant thee, and will labor to make thee full of growing.”

Macbeth (and Banquo) hears this prophecy first from the wyrd sisters, when they hail him as Thane of Cawdor. This prophecy is soon fullfilled when the current thane is proven to be traitor and executed, with Macbeth claiming the title from Duncan.

diana90 | Student

He hailed him than of cowder and called him worthest cousin,wothy gentelman,and his loyalty to the king leads the title to call him apeerless kinsman.

kc4u | Student

Having received the news of victory in battle, the architect of which was the valiant Macbeth, King Duncan immediately announces punishment & reward in the same breath--capital punishment for the 'most disloyal traitor' Cawdor & reward for 'that Bellona's bridegroom' Macbeth:

" ...........................Go pronounce his present death,

And with his former title greet Macbeth ". (act 1 sc.2)

When Macbeth & Banquo arrive at Duncan's palace, the king is all praise for his 'worthiest cousin'. Macbeth deserves so much for the service rendered by him that the king is unable to reward him adequately. However, Duncan tells Macbeth with grateful assurance that he is going to take good care of  his future nurture:

" I have begun to plant thee, and will labour

To make thee full of growing ".  (act 1 sc.4)

trilliumblue7 | Student

Duncan rewards Macbeth for his bravery in defeating the rebels by giving him the position and title of Thane of Cawdor. I do not know the order