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Later, King Duncan meets Macbeth and makes him thane of cawdor, but declares his son, Malcolm, his heir.
The play opens with the defeat of the rebel Macdonwald, thane of cawdor to Macbeth.
Shortly after, three witches meet Macbeth and another general, Banquo, predicting Macbeth would be the new thane of cawdor, and then the King.