Explore the Ways in Which Macbeth and Banquo Are Presented in This Scene and Elsewhere in Shakespeare’s Play, and in the Performed Version(S)

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Explore the ways in which Macbeth and Banquo are presented in this scene and elsewhere in Shakespeare’s play, and in the performed version(s)

In Act 1 Scene 3 and elsewhere in the play, Macbeth is presented as being; smart, greedy, evil, mysterious, and overly ambitious. Banquo is also presented as; under-appreciated, reliable, calm, and brave. However after Macbeth’s predictions he starts getting curious and jealous. In the paragraphs that follow I have shown examples of both characters Macbeth and Banquo and how they change in their own individual way. For example Banquo becomes cautious of Macbeth and Macbeth feels that power is the only thing he needs and this is shown by Macbeth not caring about the death of his wife.

Throughout the Play “Macbeth” Macbeth is shown to an audience to be greedy and self obsessed, this is shown in Banquo soliloquy by stating “Thou Played’st most foully for’t” this quote presents that Macbeth needed to do whatever was need to inherit his titles. However the real Macbeth was a very different person has was very loyal to his king. Banquo on the other hand was a very trustworthy person until Macbeth’s predictions come true. He starts to get curious and jealous of Macbeth this is shown in the same soliloquy “Thou Played’st most foully for’t; yet it was said it should not stand in thy posterity,” this quote is an representation of the way Banquo is shown to be jealous and curious this is show by Banquo saying “…My noble partner you greet with present grace and great prediction”. Neither Banquo nor Fleance existed in real life. They were a legend, however, the king at the time Shakespeare wrote and performed “Macbeth”, king James was descended from the line of Banquo. Some people say Banquo is included in the play to mock King James.

Some could say that the witches where to blame for the change of Macbeth and Banquo because if they had never met the witches, they wouldn’t have got their predictions which leads to Macbeth...
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