Throughout the play Macbeth, Macbeth's lust for power was the cause of his death. The nobleThane of Glamis? corruption stems from the meeting of the three Witches, and brings misery to many before good triumphs.
In the startling Witchs? scene in Act 1, Scene 1 we learn that a battle is taking place:.
When the hurlyburly's done. .
When the battle's lost and won.
In the following scene (Act 1, scene 2) we are told of the brave Macbeth's exploits by a wounded solder:.
?For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name -.
Disdaning fortune, with this brandish?d steel,.
Which smoked with bloddy execution,.
Like valour's minion carved out his passage.
Till he faced the slave;?.
(lines 18 - 22).
These lines, as well as the imagery given shows us that Macbeth, a brave and honourable noble, has performed a great feat for his king, all is well. In act 1, Scene 3, the Which's return and tell Macbeth and his companion and comrade 4 prophecies:.
?First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!.
Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!.
Third Witch: All hail Macbeth!, that shalt be king hereafter.?.
(lines 50 - 53).
?Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none:?.
Banquo is skeptical about the prophecies, Macbeth however, because the first prophesy has come true (Thane of Glamis), believes in them.
Soon after, the second prophesy comes true, he becomes theThane of Cawdor?, as a reward by King Duncan (Act 1, scene 4). In this scene, Duncan proclaims his son to be the heir to the throne: .
"We will establish our estate upon.
Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter.
The Prince of Cumberland".
- lines 43 - 45.
and Macbeth voices his opinion: (he isn't happy).
"The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step.
On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,.
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;.
Let not light see my black and deep desires".