• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. Macbeth contrasted to Hamlet.

    I always think there is something especially Shakspearian in Duncan's speeches throughout this scene, such pourings forth, such abandonments, compared with the language of vulgar dramatists, whose characters seem to have made their speeches as the actors learn them. Ib.

  2. Lady Macbeth's Character in Macbeth.

    later viewing] [View Saved Essays] Macbeth�s strive for power affects every aspect of his life, and this motivation eventually leads to his demise. Many different factors play a pivotal role in deciding his ill-fated future. With his wife�s cajoling, and the three witches� foretelling of his future Macbeth, will stop at nothing to gain position as King of Scotland.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work