What purpose does Macduff serve in this scene Act 2 Scene 4?

Act 1, scene 2What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath wonDuncan, the King of Scotland, asks an injured Captain how the battle against the allied powers of Norway and Ireland is progr

What purpose does Macduff serve in this scene Act 2 Scene 4?

Act 1, scene 2

What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won

Duncan, the King of Scotland, asks an injured Captain how the battle against the allied powers of Norway and Ireland is progressing. He reports that the rebel Macdonald was faring well before Macbeth, a Scottish Captain, fought and beheaded him. While the Captain is taken off for medical help, two thanes enter  Ross and Angus  and announce that Macbeth has also conquered the Norwegian army, including the Thane of Cawdor, a traitor. Overjoyed at the news, Duncan decides to bestow Cawdors title on Macbeth, and to execute the former thane.

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