At the beginning of the play (Act 1, Scene 2) we learn that Macbeth is fiercely loyal and a brave, dauntless, fighter. He will give everything to save his beloved Scotland from the insurrection headed by the Norwegian king, the traitorous Macdonwald, and the thane of Cawdor. An injured soldier gives King Duncan the following report:
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.
This fearless, loyal image is, however, soon replaced by the image of an overly ambitious, gullible character who is more than readily impressed by the forces of darkness. When he and Banquo meet the witches , the witches greet Macbeth with the title "thane of Cawdor" and tell him that he will be "king hereafter." Macbeth is clearly...
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