An essay in the form of a letter from Banquo, Macbeth's friend to convince the nobel men of Scotland that Macbeth is the one who killed King Duncan.

Topics: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, Malcolm II of Scotland Pages: 2 (722 words) Published: December 8, 2002


From: General Banquo

To: The Thanes and Noblemen of Scotland

My dear fellow Scots,

I write to all of you hoping that this letter will find you in the best of health. As all of you know, in the past few days Scotland was struck with a great misfortune when King Duncan was gruesomely murdered in his sleep while on his visit to Macbeth. And I have reason to believe that Macbeth is the one responsible for King Duncan's murder because he had the motive and the opportunity to do so. And as I recall our encounter with the three witches when we were returning from the battlefield I realize that the witch's prophesy to Macbeth, "All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter" [Act1, Scene3,Line54] has embedded in him a desire to rule and be king which was further implanted deeper in him by his wife whose grandfather, Kenneth III was overthrown by King Duncan's ancestor, Malcolm II, many years ago and was waiting for a chance to avenge her grandfather's death. But what Macbeth didn't realize was that he had started to believe what he wanted and did not see the three witches for what they really are. And with each day passing by Macbeth thought more and more of the prophecy that he shall be king until it was the day to name an heir to the throne of Scotland during which King Duncan named Malcolm as the heir. As Macbeth watched I overheard him talking to himself and saying "The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'er-leap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires." [Act1, Scene4, Lines55-58] which shows that Macbeth was seriously thinking about the throne and the prophecy. It seemed as if greed, ambition and voracity were beginning to take hold of Macbeth.

And on the night we escorted King Duncan on his visit to Macbeth's castle, I noticed how Macbeth didn't come out to welcome the King like Lady Macbeth did. Instead he...
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