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Relationship between Macbeth and Banquo

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Explain how the actors playing Macbeth and Banquo should behave towards each other and give reasons why I think the actor playing Macbeth should bear in mind that Macbeth is a victim as well as a villain, and this should influence his gestures, how he stands and where he looks. The actor playing Banquo should reveal his suspicions gradually to the audience while seeming to be polite. At the beginning of act 1 scene 3 the actors playing Macbeth and Banquo should come in being the best of friends, joking around and having their arms around each other. We can tell they are best friends at the start because Banquo calls Macbeth 'my noble partner' this gives you the impression that they are good friends. ...read more.


Although Macbeth is starting not to trust Banquo, Banquo still is loyal to Macbeth. 'The instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles - to betrays in deepest consequence' Banquo is being a friend and trying to warn Macbeth that the witches were trying to make Macbeth do something bad. The actors must show Banquo's feelings to Macbeth through their facial expressions, movement, tone of voice and gestures to make it clear to the audience what is going on. By act 3 scene 1 Macbeth flatters Banquo a lot and acts really nice to him but inside he really hates him. The actor playing Macbeth most put on a forced friendly voice almost speaking through his teeth he must act like Banquo is his friend again but make his voice and gestures show the audience he is forcing it. ...read more.


'Ride you this afternoon?' 'Goes Fleance with you?' Macbeth starts to ask Banquo a lot of unnecessary questions because he is trying to make sure Banquo does not run away, Banquo starts to get suspicious of this. They are both by this time true enemy but in secret. My advice to the people playing Macbeth and Banquo would therefore be to match their behaviour towards each other to their state of mind at the time. For the actor playing Macbeth this would mean making clear the difference between the outer man, when he is talking to others. And the inner man where he hides his true feelings. For the actor playing Banquo, by contrast, he is what he seems - an honest soldier. ...read more.

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