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Act I Also known as The Scottish play Shakespeares dark grim tragedy begins with Three Witches in Scotland deciding to meet again after a battle being fought nearby Thunder storms and the desolate heath paint a gloomy picture setting the tone of this play and defining an imagery of nature at war with itself a recurring theme in this play Macbeth is introduced as the brave man who led King Duncans 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 Macbeths 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 The Three Witches establish their malicious nature before meeting Macbeth and Banquo The Three Witches tell Macbeth that he will be Thane of Glamis Thane of Cawdor and king hereafter or become the King of Scotland Banquo learns that his descendants shall be kings Banquo is suspicious of the Three Witches remembering that they often trick men Macbeth initially agrees but when Ross and Angus tell him he has been made the new Thane of Cawdor Macbeth in a very important aside soliloquy remarks Glamis and Thane of Cawdor The greatest is behind Macbeth now first questions Banquos on his feelings about his descendants becoming kings and then starts thinking of killing King Duncan to make prophecy fact but later hopes fate alone will spare him the need to kill Macbeth meets King Duncan thanking him for his new title The also loyal Banquo receives nothing King Duncan remarks how he completely trusted the previous Thane of Cawdor King Duncan announces that his son Malcolm will be the new Prince of Cumberland Macbeth sees Malcolm as a threat to what he now takes seriously as his destiny
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