In Macbeth, how does Shakespeare present Macbeth in Act One? 

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Throughout Act I of the play, we are introduced to the character of Macbeth as a person of integrity (honesty, sincerity, compassion, bravery). In Scenes I-VII, several of the characters show us that they hold Macbeth in high regard:  

Scene I

Sergeant: For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name—

Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,
And fix'd his head upon our battlements.


Scene II

King Duncan: O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!


It is during, or soon after, Macbeth’s meeting with the three witches that Macbeth’s persona begins to shift to the darker side. Thoughts of murdering King Duncan in order to become the next King of Scotland begin to swirl around in his head, however, the thought of actually acting on his thoughts terrifies him.


Scene III

Macbeth: I am thane of Cawdor:

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