What exactly did Macdonwald do in "Macbeth" for him to be hung?I'm writing an essay on who is responsible for the events in Macbeth and I'm starting with Macdonwald. Could you tell me if you know...

What exactly did Macdonwald do in "Macbeth" for him to be hung?

I'm writing an essay on who is responsible for the events in Macbeth and I'm starting with Macdonwald. Could you tell me if you know exactly what he done to be hung. I know he committed treason to king Duncan, and i know the Norway king was involved but i am having trouble wording it.

any help would b appreciated.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Macdonwald was killed on the battlefield by Macbeth, you might be confusing him with the Thane of Cawdor. 

"Macbeth is introduced as the brave man who led King Duncan's forces to victory against the traitorous Thane of Cawdor, Macdonwald and The King of Norway, in a battle that could have gone either way were it not for Macbeth's leadership. We learn that Macbeth killed Macdonwald himself in battle. King Duncan, overjoyed, decides to make Macbeth his new Thane of Cawdor. The previous Thane of Cawdor will be executed."

 Macdonwald was working with the Thane of Cawdor, who is later executed by hanging.  It is after he is executed for treason, that Macbeth is named Thane of Cawdor.

Both men were working against King Duncan with invading forces to overthrow the throne of Scotland. 

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