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During Act 1 the audience is presented with many views of Macbeth and it is difficult to decide whether he is good or bad Macbeth is a complex character and it is too difficult to decide whether Macbeth is simply good or bad the question has to be looked at in more detail Macbeth is introduced to the audience as the Thane of Glamis soon afterwards he becomes Thane of Cawdor due to his help in the battle against the Norweigians as he is a member of the Scottish army Macbeth is the Kings kinsman as well and is therefore in line to the throne though this is only a distant claim He is clearly important as he is summoned to the Kings court and the King then stays a night at Macbeths castle At the start of the play Macbeth is revealed as a brave and courageous fighter The Captain tells the King Duncan about Macbeths bravery in battle For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name with his brandishd steel carvd out his passageo The King who clearly already has an high opinion of Macbeth describes him as a valiant cousino and a worthy gentlemano and he shows he respect for Macbeth by awarding him the title Thane of Cawdor At this moment Macbeth is seen to be loyal to the King by fighting for him and is therefore very patriotic However Macbeth is not a totally bloodthirsty warrior as one might have expected from the descriptions of him in the previous scene His first line in the play Such foul and fair a day I have not seeno shows that Macbeth does not enjoy killing people but is prepared to do so if it is necessary - showing he has a conscience It is this conscience that throws up many objections to him killing the King - objections which nearly stop him from doing the
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