At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is depicted as a valiant warrior and hero of Duncan's army. Macbeth courageously led Duncan's soldiers against Macdonwald's army before defeating the Norwegian forces. Macbeth is awarded for his accomplishments and is given the title Thane of Cawdor by the king. When Duncan meets with Macbeth following the victories, Duncan tells Macbeth,
"O worthiest cousin, / The sin of my ingratitude even now / Was heavy on me. Thou art so far before / That swiftest wing of recompense is slow / To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserved, / That the proportion both of thanks and payment / Might have been mine! Only I have left to say, / More is thy due than more than all can pay" (Shakespeare, 1.4.15-23).
King Duncan's praises illustrate that Macbeth is indeed a heroic warrior who is worthy of being recognized and awarded for his impressive accomplishments.
By the end of the play, Macbeth's mental state has declined as a result of his unrestrained ambition, guilt,...
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