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Text 5,act 3,scene 1 "to be thus is nothing" Intro :In the royal palace at Forres, Banquo paces and thinks about the coronation of Macbeth

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Text 5,act 3,scene 1 "to be thus is nothing" Intro : In the royal palace at Forres, Banquo paces and thinks about the coronation of Macbeth and the prophecies of the weird sisters. The witches foretold that Macbeth would be king and that Banquo's line would eventually sit on the throne. If the first prophecy came true, Banquo thinks, feeling the stirring of ambition, why not the second? Macbeth enters, attired as king. He is followed by Lady Macbeth, now his queen, and the court. After accepting Macbeth's invitation to attend the banquet Banquo departs, and Macbeth dismisses his court. He is left alone in the hall with a single servant, to whom he speaks about some men who have come to see him. Once the servant has gone, Macbeth begins a soliloquy. He muses on the subject of Banquo, reflecting that his old friend is the only man in Scotland whom he fears. He notes that if the witches' prophecy is true, his will be a "fruitless crown," by which he means that he will not have an heir. The murder of Duncan, which weighs so heavily on his conscience, may have simply cleared the way for Banquo's sons to overthrow Macbeth's own family. ...read more.


gracious Duncan have I murdered, put rancours in the vessel of my peace", this last image of the vase full of peace being contaminated by "rancours" shows how worried Macbeth is. Ironically enough , even though Macbeth is the king, it is Banquo who is associated with the worlds"royal" and "reign". This shows how unatural the situation is, and how conscious Macbeth is of him having usurped the crown. Hence, if Macbeth's claims on legitimacy is founded on a lie, Banquo is a menace because he can publicly expose the lie "tis much he dares...safety"(L4 to 7). But perhaps revelation is not all that Macbeth fears. On L8/9 Macbeth expresses how his "Genius" that is his guiding spirit is "rebuked" or inhibited, in others words Macbeth feels inferior to Banquo, he fears a future defeat like Caesar by Mark Anthony in the civil wars, and more than this it is Banquo's very existence that Macbeth cannot even stand "there is none but he whose being I do fear" as if Banquo, just by his different attitude towards the Sisters and loyalty to the King, were a living reproach to him, a living testimony of Macbeth's weakness. ...read more.


No only has Macbeth lost his peace and sleep " for them...peace ", " macbeth shall sleep no more " (act 2, scene 2) but he is also damned, cursed now " and mine eternal jewel given to the common Enemy of man " that is Satan. Therefore only Banquo's and Fleance's murder could now justify Duncan's death and Macbeth's loss of his soul. Conclusion : To conclude we can say that this passage shows the reader how unnatural and complicated things have become now. Macbeth is king yet he is unhappy and lives in constant fear. He has a position everyone should envy, yet it is him who keeps on envying others, in this case Banquo's valors and lineage. The problem is that Macbeth is totally incapable of controling the consequences of Duncan's murdrer, he accepts the consequences of it and he displays them with a dramatic logic. This soliloquy, which is the first Macbeth pronounces as a king, shows therefore a trapped Macbeth, a character emprisonned in his new, so desired and yet so uncomfortable situation as a king, a throne that he will have to fight for by committing more unatural deeds.From this soliloquy onwards, Macbeth's crown will become heavier and heavier to wear as he progresses towards his final doom. ...read more.

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