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What does the character of Banquo contribute to the play as awhole? Macbeth

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Macbeth Essay What does the character of Banquo contribute to the play as a whole? At the beginning of the play Banquo is seen as Macbeth's closest 'friend' and acts as a sharp contrast to Macbeth. Banquo is a loyal and honourable, and is an impressive warrior in the king's army. Macbeth and Banquo are made to seem proud and admirable by being contrasted with the treason and deceit of the first Thane of Cawdor, who betrayed the king and joined the enemy. Banquo is important to the novel as a whole as he provides us with the comparison of Macbeth. Banquo was with Macbeth when the witches made their prediction about the future, although both reacted to it differently: Banquo sensed they were evil, whereas Macbeth did not. ...read more.


seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear your favours nor your hate." Macbeth however says, "tell me more". When Macbeth kills king Duncan, Banquo becomes suspicious of him and tells the audience this in a soliloquy that he suspects that Macbeth became king by foul means. However Banquo remains loyal to Macbeth. Conversely, Macbeth murdered Banquo and tried to kill his son in an attempt to change the witches' prediction of Banquo's sons becoming heir. Banquo's comment about "becoming the borrower of the night" comes true in a way neither he nor Macbeth expects. Banquo 'borrowed' time from darkness to return and haunt Macbeth. In a similar way Macbeth has 'borrowed' from dark forces of chaos. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth instantly covers up for him before the guests, and secretly calls him a coward, to try and convince him that there is nothing to be afraid of. Banquo's ghost does not say anything at the banquet scene, but Macbeth's instant denial tells us how he reacts simultaneously to the visions and guilt. Banquo's relationship is not shown in full light with the other characters, however his character provides a good 'role model' for Macbeth to be compared to; Macbeth destroys this. We see Banquo's character as being extremely perceptive and intelligent; he shares his thoughts with the audience about Macbeth "Thou hast it now, king, Cawdor, Glamis, all the weird women promised and I fear thou play'dst totally for't". Banquo's moral awareness emphasises Macbeths developing moral bankruptcy. 1 ...read more.

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