How Does Banquo Change In Macbeth

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Written in the early 1600s, William Shakespeare’s, Macbeth, tells the tale of a man seeking power, no matter what it takes. Macbeth, a strong, valiant warrior, takes center-stage in Shakespeare’s drama after he and his noble friend, Banquo, receive predictions from three witches regarding their futures. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and eventually, king of Scotland. Which frightens him because he has already considered murdering the King Duncan, to obtain the crown and thinks that the witches have read his mind. However, the witches envision Banquo to be the father of kings, and due to Macbeth’s lust for the throne, that does not please him. Shortly after receiving these visions from the weird sisters, …show more content…
Within Macbeth, Macbeth murders Duncan for the crown, and then demands the killing of his friend, Banquo, and Banquo’s son, Fleance, to secure his position as king, which is something he would not have done without his tragic flaw of vaulting ambition, thus showing a major character change.
Throughout Act I, Macbeth is being persuaded by his wife, Lady Macbeth, to murder King Duncan when he comes to visit Macbeth’s castle, Inverness. She is delighted to hear the prophecies from the witches in Macbeth’s letter to her and wants to make sure that they come true. Before Duncan arrives at the castle, she calls upon evil spirits for strength so that “no compunctious visitings of nature / Shake [her] fell purpose” (1.4.35-36), and that she can fully go through with the murder. However, she has trouble persuading Macbeth to participate in the plan of
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Macbeth asks Banquo if he would “cleave to [his] consent, when ’tis, It shall make honor for [him]” (2.1.24-25). Hinting at the nefarious plot, Macbeth asks Banquo if he will join him later. However, Banquo responds with saying as long as he “loses none / but still keep[s] / [his] bosom franchised and allegiance clear,” (2.1.26-28), then he will join him. Banquo does not want to lose any honor, wants to keep his conscience clear, and retain his loyalty to Duncan. In essence, Banquo denies Macbeth’s request of later accompanying him when the time is right. Nonetheless, Macbeth continues with his ploy to massacre Duncan, without Banquo’s help. The former Macbeth that hesitated at killing just one person, now kills the two guards that are supposed to be framed for the murder: “there, the murderers, / Steeped in the colors of their trade, their daggers / Unmannerly breeched with gore. Who could refrain, / That had a heart to love, and in that heart / Courage to make ’s love known?” (2.3.93-97). He claims that he killed them because he was enraged about Duncan’s murder; in reality, Macbeth ends their lives due to the fear that they had seen him kill Duncan. Macbeth shows that he will do anything it takes to obtain power, by exterminating anyone who may hinder his ambitious

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