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Banquo and Macbeth

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It can be argued that only Macbeth is responsible for Banquo's death, do you agree? I think that in the case of Banquo's death that Macbeth and the witches are responsible for it. This is because in Act 3 Scene 1 Macbeth has a soliloquy in which he is thinking about Banquo and he also mentions the witches. Macbeth starts thinking about Banquo straight away in his soliloquy. "Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared." ...read more.


I think that this is one of the main parts of the soliloquy, which shows the witches influencing Macbeth into thinking about Banquo. Macbeth also thinks by himself about Banquo's personality. "He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour to act in safety." Macbeth could be saying that Banquo knows that he murdered Duncan, hence the use of the word "wisdom", and that this would lead Banquo to doing an act of bravery. This could mean Banquo telling someone that he suspects Macbeth because he witnessed what the witches told Macbeth and that he was in deep thought about it. ...read more.


The witches' influence also seeps back into Macbeth's mind. "If't be so, for Banquo's issue I have filed my mind, for them the gracious Duncan I have murdered, put rancours in the vessel of my peace." Macbeth has been thinking about Banquo so much that his mind is distraught and he can't get any rest from thinking. "For them" suggests that Macbeth is talking about the witches and how they influenced him or he could be referring to Banquo's children, who are to become kings and he has made it easier for them to become king. I think that the witches are influencing Macbeth here because he says that he did it for "them". ...read more.

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