Banquo's Great Betrayal

1109 WordsOct 28, 20125 Pages
Good morning Mr. Nilsson and class. Today I stand here to talk to you about Experience through language in Macbeth in which for my assignment I have ch0sen Banquo as my character. The key theme I have chosen from the play is betrayal and murder. Banquo was a brave and noble general and at that time was a great friend of Macbeth. Like Macbeth, Banquo thinks of things in an ambitious way however he does not at all show the ambitious thoughts in his actions. In a sense, Banquo’s character stands as rebuke to Macbeth, in a way that shows the path Macbeth chose not to take, a path in which ambition need not lead to betrayal and murder. Banquo is often seen in contrast to Macbeth. Banquo is the only one with Macbeth when he hears the first…show more content…
His guilty conscience is projecting visions of Banquo because he is responsible for Banquo’s death. When the ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth, Macbeth then realizes all this time Banquo had been suspicious of him. Reasons of the importance of Banquo 's ghost is that it symbolizes the down fall of Macbeth because only Macbeth himself could see him which makes Macbeth go ballistic and realize that Banquo was on to him this whole time. Its outbursts like these that hint at his guilt and make the thanes suspicious of Macbeth. “It will have blood: they say and blood will have blood” This quote from Act 3, scene 4, is said by Macbeth when he sees the ghost of Banquo at his feast. Its significance lies in the fact that Macbeth is beginning to have a guilty conscience and this makes him feel that his crime is pursuing him. In conclusion betrayal was shown a lot throughout the book. Banquo symbolized betrayal by the friendship he and Macbeth shared before Macbeth’s greed of power had taken over him, causing him to do what killed King Duncan and his noble general Banquo. Once again, the boundaries between reality and the supernatural are unclear as Banquo 's ghost appears twice both at exactly the moment Macbeth mentions him. It seems that the vision of Banquo accompanies the idea of Banquo in Macbeth’s mind. The death of Duncan marked a new chapter in Macbeths life, where from
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