Role Of Banquo In Macbeth

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Macbeth is full of treasons, mistrust, and murder. In the beginning, Macbeth and Banquo are brothers in arms or best friends who fight to protect their king. Throughout the play, they start to drift apart as Macbeth plans to murder Duncan to gain the last part of the weird sisters prophecy. The exact moment Macbeth kills Duncan; Banquo and Macbeth become foils to one another. As an example of this, the witches predict that Macbeth will become king, while Banquo is predicted will be father bear a line of kings. In other words, his sons will be kings, which means Macbeth’s child even though he doesn’t have any will never be kings. Macbeth goes on a destructive rampage of murders in order to be crowned king, and then to keep throne by any…show more content…
He remains much indifferent to their oracles unlike Macbeth. Banquo serves as a foil to Macbeth, showing an different reaction to prophecy. Banquo retains his morals and allegiances, but ends up dying at the hands of Macbeth’s hired murderers. In Act 2 scene 3 of Macbeth, we read about Banquo’s death in which his last words are for his son to flee and get away, so he will live another day instead and possible avenge him. In Macbeth’s case, he is willing to kill anyone who will get in his way so he may keep his throne. Macbeth shows no disregard for the fact he had gotten his best friend killed, while thinking he is a snake and Fleance a worm, so he could maintain his spot on the throne. While Banquo held his own son’s life above his not expecting for Fleance to come back and help him. In conclusion, Banquo and Macbeth are truly foils because Macbeth would do anything, even kill his best friend, to keep his throne. Banquo stuck loyally to Duncan’s side even after Duncan’s death, so he could king the true person who had slain him. Macbeth was stricken with ambition as Banquo did have ambition but it was controlled by his
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