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Compare the Characters of Macbeth and Banquo at the Beginning of the Play

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Adam Ward 10H 18th April 2002 Compare the Characters of Macbeth and Banquo at the Beginning of the Play Macbeth is the Thane of Glamis and is a General. He is in close succession to the throne but the King Duncan has two sons and has not yet chosen a successor. Macbeth is also a tragic hero. Shakespears tragic heroes pay the price for believing that they can control their own destinies. Macbeths flaw is his ambition. Banquo, a general too, and like Macbeth a Thane. Macbeth and Banquo are friends. However, Banquo is not as close to the succession of the throne as Macbeth is. Macbeth and Banquo have been fighting battles, defending the King from Macdonald and a Norwegian King. ...read more.


Macbeth is thought of such a hero, that he is thought of as worthy to become "Belona's bridegroom." This indicates to us that Macbeth "Noble" enough to marry the goddess of war if possible. All this makes expectations of Macbeth rise high. Macbeth is not the only character who is portrayed as a hero. Banquo is also seen as a hero, "O valiant cousin, worthy gentlemen." This describes to us King Duncan saying that Banquo is noble and brave and that he shows respect to him. Although, he is not seen as spectacular as Macbeth. "As sparrows, eagles or the hare, the lion." This implies that Banquo is the equivalent to a sparrow and a hare where as Macbeth is related to an eagle and a lion. ...read more.


This shows us he trusts Macbeth, making him even closer in succession to the throne, and making him even more powerful. The audience takes great interest in Macbeths' opening lines, expecting something wise and wonderful to be said. However, drama is added to the play when Macbeth says "So foul and fair a day I have not seen." This is a great shock to the audience as uses the exact same vocabulary as the witches in scene one "Foul" and "Fair." As well as having a dramatic effect on the play, it also makes the audience think of Macbeth as evil and untrustworthy. This is because in the seventeenth century, people were keen believers that witches were real and that they were very closely related to the devil. This is due to the period of time as people lived in a very superstitious culture. ...read more.

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