Banquo

Topics: Macbeth, Three Witches, Banquo Pages: 2 (432 words) Published: July 24, 2008
In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, is a character by the name of Banquo who experiences internal and external conflicts. He conflicts with Macbeth in his quest for power and with himself in reasoning the witches’ sayings. Overall Banquo is skeptical, logical, questioning and wise. Banquo is a character that remains in the story even after death.

At first, Banquo is skeptical. Like Banquo states in Act I, Scene III, lines 55-57, “You greet with present grace and great prediction Of noble having and of royal hope, That he seems rapt withal: to me you speak not.” He doubted most claims by the witches. He didn’t like the witches talking. He thought as to other means around what they were saying. Macbeth thought otherwise but it was good that Banquo could be the conflicting opinion giver.

Banquo’s thinking is that of a logical way. In Act I, Scene III, lines 123-126, Banquo states, “And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence.” The witches obviously had something up their sleeve. He thought that the witches were just pulling their legs. He thought that with the truths they spoke would corrupt the future of events if taken in a demanding way.

Banquo questions his place, becomes quizzical. In Act II, Scene I, lines 20-21, “I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters: To you they have show'd some truth.” He kept thinking about the witches and how Macbeth got power. Something was too fishy in the situation of how those came to be. Once the things settle in his head Banquo keeps thinking of the prophecies.

Banquo is wise. In Act III, Scene III, line 17, Banquo said, “O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! ” Hey let his son, Fleance, flee in return of his own life. Also in Act IV, Scene I, lines 123 – 124, Macbeth said, “Banquo smiles upon me, And points at them for his.” Banquo is a happy ghost and haunts Macbeth, and to all his...
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