The Victory Of Macbeth And Macdonald And The Thane Of Cawdor

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The victory of Macbeth over both Macdonald and the thane of Cawdor.
This event is very significant as it is the opening of this play. The play opens with this fact being explained by a wounded soldier, and the events throughout the first act are all a chain of events after the initial victory over the battles. The victory over Macdonald is not as significant as the victory over the thane of Cawdor, because the latter results in Macbeth earning this new title, and is also what the witches have predicted.
Three witches
The three witches are significant characters because they foreshadow many events throughout the play. In scene 1, we see the third witch saying “There to meet with Macbeth”(1.1. 8). This foreshadows that Macbeth would win the battle as the witches plan to meet him. Banquo describes them as “so withered and so wild in their attire / That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ Earth” (1.3. 41-42).
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair / Hover through the fog and filthy air.” (1.1. 12-13).
Power, Status, Title
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We see that most of the conversations that take place between the characters relate to the changing power structure, or the new titles individuals gain and there are many foreshadows that predict events relating to this theme as well. First, the witches foreshadow the new titles and/or positions Macbeth will acquire throughout the play, starting from the thane of Glamis, to the thane of Cawdor, and finally the future king. Following this, Macbeth realizes that he would have to put Malcom down if he rises to the position of the king, as Malcom is appointed as the new prince of Cumberland. Finally, although not specified, readers can infer that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s plan to murder Duncan is rooted in a desire for possible power, and by killing the king, they would be able to move higher up in the ruling system, or become a more influential figure in the
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