Banquo And Macbth Essay

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Banquo and Macbeth Controlled Assessment Practice Throughout the play of ‘Macbeth’, the relationship between Macbeth and Banquo changes largely, due to the events of Act 1, scene 3. This essay will not only highlight this change of relationship, during Act 1, scene 3 and the rest of the play, but also show the differences in both characters personalities’ and reactions and how those around them react to them. Throughout, the essay will also refer, and compare to the 1971 film of Macbeth, directed by Polanski. At the beginning of the play, it is quite clear that the relationship between Macbeth and Banquo is one of strength and closeness. They are often coupled, for example, during Act1, scene 2, where they are referred to as ‘Our captains, Macbeth and Banquo’ after the battle. The witches also refer to them as a pair, hailing both Macbeth and Banquo together, and then repeating this in opposite direction. ‘All hail Macbeth and Banquo, Banquo and Macbeth all hail’. In the film, the audience immediately realises the closeness of the pair, as they ride in together in a very relaxed and content manner. As they are alone, it gives the impression that they enjoy each other’s company, and so are always together. However, throughout the scene, there relationship begins to deteriorate, starting with the prophecy given to Banquo. Indeed, at the end of the scene in the film, the two ride of separately, with quite a distance between them, showing how their relationship has changed. With Macbeth previously been told that he is to be King, it is then proclaimed that Banquo’s children shall follow, ‘Thou shalt get Kings’. This means that Banquo’s children must remove Macbeth from the throne, and so Macbeth becomes wary of this. During the film, Macbeth tells Banquo that the witches have vanished, even though he watched them disappear into the ground. Macbeth later visits

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