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Topic: Act 1 Scene 2- Macbeth being announced the thane of Cawdor


In this scene Ross and Angus give Macbeth the news of him becoming the new Thane of Cawdor. This is just after Banguo and Macbeth met the witches and they proclaim that Macbeth will become the Thane of Cawdor and the next King of Scotland.

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Re: Act 1 Scene 2- Macbeth being announced the thane of Cawdor

ROSS
The king hath happily received, Macbeth,
The news of thy success; and when he reads
Thy personal venture in the rebels' fight,
His wonders and his praises do contend
Which should be thine or his: silenced with that,
In viewing o'er the rest o' the selfsame day,
He finds thee in the stout Norweyan ranks,
Nothing afeard of what thyself didst make,
Strange images of death. As thick as hail
Came post with post; and every one did bear
Thy praises in his kingdom's great defence,
And pour'd them down before him.

ANGUS
We are sent
To give thee from our royal master thanks;
Only to herald thee into his sight,
Not pay thee.

ROSS
And, for an earnest of a greater honour,
He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor:
In which addition, hail, most worthy thane!
For it is thine.

BANQUO
What, can the devil speak true?

MACBETH
The thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress me
In borrow'd robes?

ANGUS
Who was the thane lives yet;
But under heavy judgment bears that life
Which he deserves to lose. Whether he was combined
With those of Norway, or did line the rebel
With hidden help and vantage, or that with both
He labour'd in his country's wreck, I know not;
But treasons capital, confess'd and proved,
Have overthrown him.

MACBETH
[Aside] Glamis, and thane of Cawdor!
The greatest is behind.

Macbeth to ROSS and ANGUS
Thanks for your pains.

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Re: Act 1 Scene 2- Macbeth being announced the thane of Cawdor

Who does Banquo talk of when he says the devil? What truth is Banquo talking about?