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Banquo(TM)s role in Macbeth

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Banquo's role in Macbeth In the play "Macbeth" by "William Shakespeare", Banquo is a character shown to be a very close friend of the protagonist, Macbeth, at the beginning of the play. He and Macbeth lead an army to fight against the treacherous "Thane of Cawdor". Banquo accompanies Macbeth during his first encounter with the witches and is told by the witches that his descendants will be king but does not take this into deep consideration. Macbeth who is told by the witches that he will be king is not too happy about the prophecy for Banquo. Their friendship drifts further and further apart during Macbeths rise to power. When Macbeth becomes king, he sees Banquo as an obstacle and therefore has him killed by murderers. Banquo then comes to haunt Macbeth in the form of a ghost later on in the play. Shakespeare uses Banquo to emphasise the dramatic change that takes place in Macbeth and to contrast his actions. ...read more.


He tries to seem loyal and trustworthy to Macbeth and doesn't want any trouble. Macbeth on the other hand has grown very suspicious about Banquo because he thinks Banquo knows that he didn't take the throne fairly and does not approve of the prophecy that was given to him. Macbeth fears Banquo is an obstacle in his way that must be removed: "Our fears in Banquo Stick deep, and in is royalty of nature Reigns that which would be feared". Macbeth feels very threatened by Banquo and starts a conspiracy to kill him. Shakespeare depicts Banquo as an innocent victim that Macbeth has unjustly killed. Banquo is a man with morals just like how Macbeth used to be before he was tainted by the witches prophecy. Banquo was the same man he was before in the play when Macbeth had him killed. Macbeth had become a more corrupt and dark version of his earlier self. ...read more.


Banquo plays an important role for the first half of this play. Shakespeare has used him to contrast and emphasise the conversion of Macbeth from loyal to treacherous. He is a character with whom the character of Macbeth from various parts of the play can be compared with. Banquo is a neutral and innocent character whom Shakespeare has to kill Banquo off in order to show the great extent of Macbeth's corruption and tyranny. Despite being one of Macbeth's closest allies, his death is not even regretted by Macbeth. Before and after killing Duncan, Macbeth was having second thoughts on whether he should do the deed or if he shouldn't have done it. Macbeth not having any mixed feelings for Banquo's death shows too what limits of human nature Macbeth had reached. Banquo was there to show the audience how once the character of Macbeth was and when Macbeth killed him, Macbeth was a totally different man then the one he was before. ...read more.

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