Banquo

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      • “For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me” 
        • Macbeth hallucinate the ghost of Banquo because of his incredible guilt.  The use of alliteration adds to the fact that Macbeth was going insane and here Banquo could be said to represents Macbeth's guilty conscious.
      • “There is none but he / Whose being I do fear”
        • Macbeth is afraid / jealous of Banquo as Banquo's sons will become future Kings of Scotland whilst he wont have any successors.
      • During the banquet scene Macbeth's madness becomes apparent when he sees Banquo's ghost at the table.  His guilt of murdering his former friend takes his toll leading to Macbeth becoming more aggressive.
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      • Banquo becomes suspecios of Macbeth after the commits regicide and also shows that he is also being thinking about the weird sisters.  However, he hasn't let his ambition take over him and remains loyal to the crown.
      • “I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters”
        • Banquo openly admits that he has been thinking about the phrophecy, however, he doesn't decide to act on it - unlike Macbeth.
      • “cursed thoughts” 
        • Banquo shows that he is interested in the prophecies and wants them to come true for him but he keeps his ambition down to remain loyal to Macbeth.
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      • "my noble partner"
        • It is shown that unlike the tyrannous Macbeth, Banquo will remain noble to Scotland.
      • “with a most indissoluble tie” 
        • Banquo is ready to be led by Macbeth as he is a honourable and loyal subject to his friend.
      • Throughout the play Banquo is presented as honourable and loyal - contrasting to Macbeth who led his ambition take over him.  While Banquo is shown to have some ambition, he doesn't let it take hold of him.
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      • Shakespeare presents the audience with the fact that Banquo is brave and noble, something that the audience keeps hold throughout the play.
      • "The instruments of darkness tell us truths”.  
        • Banquo is suspicious of the Witches as they were a sign of evil in Jacobean times.  However, he realises that the witches are clever and tell them both truths .
      • “They smack of honour both”
        • Banquo is presented as a brave and noble soldier alongside Macbeth before the audience meets them.
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      • “We have scotched the snake, not killed it”
        • Banquo is a threat to Macbeth shown with him being linked to a snake, a sign of evil.  This threat still exist as Banquo's son lives on.
      • Macbeth "Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown"
        • Macbeth is annoyed that he will have no heir to the crown unlike Banquo who is prophesied to have sons as kings.
      • Despite remaining loyal to his new king in public, Banquo represents a threat to Macbeth because of the witches' prophecy.  This thought drives Macbeth to insanity and plans the murder of his friend.

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