Compare and Contrast Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo. How Are They Alike? How Are They Different? Is It Possible to Argue That Macbeth Is the Play's Villain and Macduff or Banquo Its Hero? Is the Matter More Complicated Than That?

Topics: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, Malcolm III of Scotland Pages: 2 (686 words) Published: December 14, 2010
Compare and contrast Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo. How are they alike? How are they different? Is it possible to argue that Macbeth is the play’s villain and Macduff or Banquo its hero? Is the matter more complicated than that?

Macbeth is the “bravest” soldier, very noble, courageous. He is also the honorable Thane of Glamis, but he is not a virtuous one. Macduff is very loyal Scottish nobleman, courageous and is also a Thane of a city. Banquo is a brave, courageous noble general who like Macbeth thinks ambitious thoughts. MacDuff and Banquo are very loyal to their King. When King Duncan was killed they do everything that they possibly can to find out who murdered the King and to properly hand the killer the consequences.

Macbeth is not like Macduff or Banquo. He is very dishonest and full of deceit. He is also very instigative and conniving. Although he was loyal to King Duncan, Macbeth killed King Duncan so he would receive the throne and be the King of Scotland. Although he was already in the blood line of becoming the King of Scotland. Macduff and Banquo are very faithful and loyal to King Duncan even after he is not alive and literally not able to be their king anymore. They start to piece together the mystery of who killed the King part by part which kind of took awhile. While Macbeth is trying to keep people from finding out that he killed the king, he is parading around like he knows nothing about it and is hiding his guilt. Banquo found out somehow that Macbeth killed Duncan and starts to get on his trail and Macbeth kills him. Banquo stands as a rebuke to Macbeth and tries to scold Macbeth for his mistake in killing the King of Scotland that he is so faithfully devoted to. Since he represents the path Macbeth chose not to take a path in which ambition need not lead to betrayal and murder. Macduff wants revenge of Macbeth when he finds out that he killed Duncan. So, Macduff gathers his army and travels through the forrest to capture the castle...
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