William Shakespeare’s Macbeth- Act 1, Scene 2.

King Duncan
Attendants with a bleeding Sergeant

Location: A camp near Forres

Scene Summary:
At a military camp near King Duncan’s palace near Forres the scene begins with Malcolm, who is the kings son, introduces the captain who saved him in the battle against Scotland and the Irish invaders who are led by Macdonwald. The captain was wounded helping Duncan’s son Malcom who was captured by the Irish. Captain is covered in blood and explains to king that the Scottish generals Macbeth and Banquo fought with great courage and violence. He then describes how Macbeth killed the rebelling traitor Macdonwald. As the captain is taken to get himself fixed up, the thane of Ross, a Scottish nobelman enters the scene and tells the king that the traitorous thane of Cawdor has been defeated and the Norwegian army repelled. Duncan says that the thane of Cawdor be put to death and that Macbeth, the hero of the victorious army be given the Cawdors title – though Macbeth does not know it yet.

Quote by Captain:

” For brave Macbeth – Destaining fortune, with his brandished steel, Which smoked with bloody execution.”

Macbeth is seen as a hero because of killing the traitorous Macdonwald. They are unaware of what this small action would later spark in the near future in Macbeth.

One Reply to “William Shakespeare’s Macbeth- Act 1, Scene 2.”

  1. Is there a specific reason in Macbeth as to why Macbeth was chosen to be the thane of Cawdor instead of Banquo? It says in the book that both Macbeth and Banquo fought well together. Couldn’t the book may have panned out completely differently if Banquo was chosen?

Respond now!