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'Macbeth and Banquo have opposite characters from your reading of Macbeth how far do you agree with this view?

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'Macbeth and Banquo have opposite characters from your reading of Macbeth how far do you agree with this view? Yes, I agree with this point of view. At the beginning of the play we can read a dialogue of Duncan and captain about the battle. Captain tells Duncan about how good were Macbeth and Banquo: 'As sparrows, eagles, or the hare, the lion'. Captain compares them to strong, royal animals. Duncan says that Macbeth is a very brave man, he also calls him 'valiant cousin' and 'worthy gentlemen'. After this conversation with captain, Duncan decides to give Macbeth title of Thane of Cawdor, as a reward for the victory in the battle. 'What he hath lost, Macbeth hath won'. He does it to also to show respect to Macbeth. Latter we see Macbeth and Banquo in another situation when they are speaking to the witches. Witches prophesy to Macbeth that he will be a Thane of Cawdor and later king. "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king here after'. I think that witches say that because they already know about Duncan's decision. ...read more.

Middle

'Noble Banquo, that hast no less deserved, nor must be known no less to have done so, let me enfold thee and hold thee to my heart'. To what Banquo responds 'There if I grow, the harvest is your own'. Banquo is a very selfless man, he thinks of other people, but Macbeth is very selfish, he thinks only of himself. During the play these two characters are becoming more and more different. Macbeth is a very ambitious character. After he became the Thane of Cawdor, he is becoming mad about a prospect of becoming a king. His wife Lady Macbeth also becoming very excited about it and she can do everything to make her husband a king. They have a plan to kill Duncan, but to do so, they will have to pretend that both of them respect Duncan. 'False face must hide what the false heart doth know'. When Duncan and Banquo come to Macbeth's castle, Banquo say: 'the heaven's breath smells wooingly here' 'the air is delicate'. Both of them trust Macbeth. ...read more.

Conclusion

So we can see that Macbeth is actually not that cold and fearless inside. He also can worry and be afraid. I think that the biggest reason why he did murder Duncan is because he was manipulated by his wife. When everyone discovered that Duncan was killed Macbeth and Lady Macbeth beginning to act. Macbeth pretends to be very worried, but he is very bad at acting so to make sure that he does not cause any suspicion Lady Macbeth faints to attract attention. Banquo is the only person who stays calm and thinks with logic to find out who is the murderer. He suspects Macbeth as the instigator of Duncan's murder. He is the only person who knows about conversation with witches and he sees how Macbeth has changed after it. Macbeth than notice that Banquo suspects him in Duncan's murder, so he decides to kill him. I think that at the beginning of the play Macbeth and Banquo were very identical characters, but after they have spoke to witches Macbeth completely changes. He falls under the influence of the witches and becomes wicked. From my point of view Banquo is much stronger character than Macbeth. He has a strong personality, he is very equitable and respects other people. ...read more.

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