At the beginning of the play, Macbeth displays his courage and valor in battle by defeating the rebel Macdonwald as well as the Norwegian king and the traitorous Thane of Cawdor. After listening to the report of Macbeth's performance, King Duncan praises him and rewards Macbeth by giving him the title Thane of Cawdor. At the end of act one, scene two, Duncan illustrates his respect and admiration for Macbeth by saying,
What he [Thane of Cawdor] hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won. (Shakespeare, 1.2.67)
After Macbeth interacts with the three witches and hears their seemingly favorable prophecies, Ross and Angus inform him that he has been given the title Thane of Cawdor, which fulfills one of the prophecies. In an aside, Macbeth says,
This supernatural soliciting
Cannot be ill, cannot be good. If ill,
Why hath it given me earnest of success,
Commencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor.
If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my...
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