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Contrasting Macbeth and Banquo

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Introduction

´╗┐Title The play, Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare was an epic tragedy. Shakespeare wrote the play between 1603 and 1607. The play was filled with betrayal, murder and ambition. Throughout the play, there were various themes discussed. The major theme that stood out was the ability to control one?s own action. The theme correlates with the relationship between Banquo and Macbeth. Both encountered witches who told their fate. However, both took the encounter with the witches differently. This is described by the way they act towards King Duncan and how they react towards those who proclaimed their opinion. In the play, Macbeth, King Duncan started out as King of Scotland.; he was loved by many and was well respected. One of his followers, a Nobleman named Banquo, was very loyal to his King. Baquo?s loyalty was put to the test by treating the king the same after he was contacted by the witches. ...read more.

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However, he would never become one. Banquo took what the witches said and completely discarded it in his mind.? That trusted home might yet enkindle you unto the crown, besides the Thane of Cawdor. But tis strange; and oftentimes, to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray?s in deepest consequence Cousins, a word, I pray you.?(Shakespeare 1.3.140-147). This quote can be portrayed as a warning that Banquo was trying to tell Macbeth. Banquo was implying that evil beings such as the witches tell you the truth so they can end up tricking you into doing their devilish deeds. Banquo tried his best into perusing Macbeth into believing that the witches were nothing but pure evil. On the other hand though, Macbeth had plans on his own. Macbeth was not going to listen to what Banquo had to say. ...read more.

Conclusion

She seemed to coax and wheedle her husband to the commission of the crime, instead of pouring her bold spirit into his milky nature.?(Campbel). In this quote, the author describes how he had no daring compassion on doing her deed. She constantly questioned him on his man-hood. Considering he was delighted to hear what the witches had said to him, he became apprehensive in the plot to carnage King Duncan. After so much verbal pressure from his wife, Macbeth finally committed the murder.? Maternal power in Macbeth is not embodied in the figure of a particular mother; it is instead diffused throughout the play, evoked primarily by the figures of the witches and Lady Macbeth.?(Adelman). This text portrayed how other peoples assumptions influenced the decisions Macbeth made throughout the play. Furthermore, the play Macbeth?s overall theme played a great impact in the story. ?You control your own actions? ties down with the relationship between Banquo and Macbeth. Both were greeted by witches who announced that the Kings throne would one day be controlled by ...read more.

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