Compare and contrast Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo. How are they alike? How are the different? Is it possible to argue that Macbeth is the play’s villain and Macduff or Banquo its hero, or is the matter more complicated than that?
In this play the characters Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo were somewhat alike and somewhat different from each other, but they all played important roles. Some of the characters played a villain role and some played a more heroic role. Macbeth’s prophecy was that he was to become king of Scotland. Macbeth is friends with Banquo and he has a high status, rank, and respect for others. Macbeth and Banquo met the three witches together and they told them both about their futures. Before Macbeth killed the king he thought “If chance will have me King, why chance may crown me, without my stir.”(p.336) He takes a noble action on his prophecy and doesn’t let fate take its roll. Once Macbeth became king he let his power control himself, and treats everyone unfair but his wife. When Macbeth found out that Banquo thought that the witches had told some things, Macbeth started to have visions of the daggers floating in the air before him with the tip of the dagger aiming toward Duncan. He thought he heard a voice cry “Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep” (p.352) Macbeth tried to grasp the imaginary dagger and failed. After Banquo’s ghost came to haunt him it started to make him suspicious and show that he is the one that killed him. Macduff is loyal to the king and the brave soldier. He is a father who cherishes his children and he is happy with his life. He was always a trustworthy person he never had disloyal or greed within himself. He became a noble man but he does not take any action on his prophecy. Macduff started to take suspicion into the death of Duncan. He became the main opposition to Macbeth and as the result of that his household became slaughtered, and he lost his wife and his son. Banquo is loyal to...
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