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Banquo character study

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Banquo character study Banquo has many similar characteristics as Macbeth, but without the flaw of over ambition. Banquo unlike Macbeth suspects that the witches are evil and warns Macbeth of the danger. Even though he is not afraid of the witches, he realises that they may be harmful, 'And often times, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths' He is much more circumspect than Macbeth. Banquo is highly regarded by Duncan but unlike Macbeth his pains go unrewarded. He shows no jealousy but is content with the praise he received from the king. ...read more.

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Even though Macbeth was a close friend he suspects him and very subtly accuses him. 'Thou hast it now : king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and, I fear, Thou play'dst most foully for 't.' Despite his suspicions Banquo serves the new king. Even though he suspects him of murdering the king he swears allegiance to him which shows a strange side in Banquos character Banquo is also ambitious as he too wants to know what the witches have in store for him and later says, 'by the verities on thee made good, May they not be my oracles as well, And set me up in hope?' ...read more.

Conclusion

Banquo also talks to Macbeth with a hint of sycophancy . He says 'Ay, my good lord' on several occasions and 'My Lord, I will not'. This is very unlike the independent Banquo we knew at the beginning of the play. Banquo is important in 'Macbeth' as he is a contrast to Macbeth. Macbeth's hypocrisy, ambition and willing to stake everything, including his life, on the crown are contrasted by Banquo's sincerity and ambition. Apart from being a foil to Macbeth's plans, Banquo also serves as an important part of the plot. Banquo acts as Macbeth's conscience. When Macbeth kills Banquo he hopes to kill his conscience. In the banquet scene the appearance of Banquo's ghost shatters Macbeth's confidence. The influence of Banquo reaches him from the grave. ...read more.

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