Sketch the character of Macbeth as illustrated in Act 1 Scene 2 by the captain and RossGive the characteristics of Macbeth as a warrior, a saviour.

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In Act 1, Scene 2 of Macbeth, there is a detailed description of Macbeth's fierceness as a soldier. He was the hero in this scene. He did not back down from the fight. By the end of the battle, Macbeth's sword was steaming in blood:

Because brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name,
Outshining fortune, with his brandished sword,
Which was steaming with blood in the hot use of it,
Like power’s hero, Carved out his way through them until he faced Macdonwald; And he never shook hands, said goodbye to him, Until he cut him in half, from his navel to his chin, And put Macdonwald’s head on top of our fort’s wall.

Macbeth is portrayed as competent on the battlefield. Duncan calls him his "valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!" No doubt, Duncan is impressed with Macbeth's skills as a soldier. As a warrior, none can compare to Macbeth's great ability to fight.

Duncan pours out praise and honors upon Macbeth. He gives him the title of Thane of Cawdor. King Duncan highly esteems Macbeth and puts him in a honorable position. King Duncan has total faith in Macbeth as a worthy soldier.