Act I[ edit ] The play opens amid thunder and lightning, and the Three Witches decide that their next meeting will be with Macbeth. In the following scene, a wounded sergeant reports to King Duncan of Scotland that his generals Macbeth, who is the Thane of Glamis, and Banquo have just defeated the allied forces of Norway and Ireland, who were led by the traitorous Macdonwald, and the Thane of Cawdor.
Banquo is the first to notice the three weird sisters on the ride back from battle with Macbeth. Banquo in macbeth the witches hail Macbeth with his accursed good news, Banquo comments what they say seems nice, and he wonders why Macbeth looks so afraid. Rather than be afraid himself, he asks the women to look into his future, to say whether it is good or bad.
The witches disappear, and Banquo wonders whether he and Macbeth have eaten "the insane root" since they have seen such fantastical things as these women. When Ross enters announcing that Macbeth is now Thane of Cawdor just as the witches prophesiedBanquo asks if the Devil can speak true.
While Macbeth is already hatching his nasty plan, Banquo is cautious. He notes that the deepest consequences can come from trifling with evil, which would tell you nice things in order to bring you over to the dark side.
Banquo notices Macbeth is distracted, and agrees to speak with him on it later.
Here, he gives a pretty speech about the home of the martin, judging that if that wonderful bird should make its cradle there, the air must be soft and good. He meets Macbeth walking in the hall, and tells him he dreamt of the weird sisters, which Macbeth brushes off.
Cryptically, Macbeth tells Banquo if he will support his cause, it would be an honor to Banquo. Banquo replies that his allegiance is clear implicitly an allegiance to good and to Duncan and the two again agree to talk more later. Banquo already suspects Macbeth of some wrongdoing, as the prophecy has come true but in a most awful way.
Instead of ruminating on this, Banquo asks whether his part of the prophecy, that he would sire kings, might come true, too.
There is no moral tongue wagging here, as Banquo is interrupted by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, who invite him to dinner after inquiring where he will be at a certain hour of the day. He, innocent of any bad intentions on their part, tells them he will be on a horseback ride with his son Fleance, but will be glad to attend dinner with them later.
Banquo returns to Forres and is about to attend the big dinner when he is accosted by the murderers Macbeth sent. He says it looks like rain, and the murderers have at him.
The ghost does not speak, but gets his haunting on quite effectively anyway.Suitably, then, it is Banquo’s ghost—and not Duncan’s—that haunts Macbeth.
In addition to exemplifying Macbeth’s guilt for killing Banquo, the ghost also repeats Macbeth that he did not emulate Banquo’s reaction to the prediction of the witches.
Shakespeare’s story of Banquo is the contrast of Macbeth, his clean, ethical character foil. Fleance - Banquo’s son, who survives Macbeth’s attempt to murder him. At the end of the play, Fleance’s whereabouts are unknown. At the end of the play, Fleance’s whereabouts are unknown.
Presumably, he may come to rule Scotland, fulfilling the witches’ prophecy that . After Macbeth has Banquo murdered he is haunted by Banquo's ghost, which symbolizes Macbeth's terrible guilt at what he has become. Banquo Quotes in Macbeth The Macbeth quotes below are all either spoken by Banquo or refer to Banquo.
In Shakespeare's play ''Macbeth'', Banquo is a crucial character who plays a major role. Read on for some essay topics about Banquo and Macbeth's relationship and the latter's decision to have him.
Macbeth and Banquo are two main characters in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, the two characters have more similarities than differences. Like Macbeth, Banquo was a general in King Duncan's army. Unlike Macbeth, Banquo never committed regicide.
But are these the only differences between them?