How Does Banquo's Murder Affect Macbeth

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Murder is one of the seven deadly sins and a crime that most try to avoid. Murder taints the criminal with the victims’ blood forever. Macbeth is a man that understands what it is like to steal the life of another man, yet continues to butcher one victim to the next. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Banquo’s murder plagues Macbeth’s innermost soul more profoundly in comparison to the murder of Duncan because of the relationship he has with him, his motive behind the murder and the immensity of the remorse following the murder. Banquo’s murder affected Macbeth more deeply than that of Duncan because the relationship Macbeth has with Banquo is that of a friend. Banquo and Macbeth both fight together during the war with Norway and…show more content…
The murder of Duncan proves to be difficult for Macbeth to come to terms with his guilt, but he does not feel such a great deal of remorse, once Lady Macbeth reassures him. After the murder of Duncan , Macbeth puts on an extravagant show for the nobles, so as not to place blame on him, for the murder. “O horror, horror, horror, / Tongue nor heart cannot conceive, nor name thee.” (2.3.59-60). If he is truly remorseful it would prove to be very difficult to put on such a façade. His lack of a guilty conscience allows for him to go on in denial and is able to clear his mind of any remorse. Macbeth has a moment of immediate regret for his actions but once the deed is done, he is reassured by Lady Macbeth is ultimately happy with his new position as King of Scotland. The murderers that are hired to murder Banquo, tell Macbeth that Banquo has been killed right before a large state dinner. We see how much Macbeth is remorseful for his actions when he is visited by the ghost of Banquo. “Avaunt and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee! / Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; / Thou hast no speculation in those eyes / Which thou dost glare with.” (3.4.93-96). Macbeth is trying his best to reassure himself that what he is seeing is not true and cannot be true but is unable to erase the image of the ghost from his mind. The demise of his psyche is seen at this point and it is caused by the murder of Banquo. The murder of Duncan does not plague Macbeth to the extent that the murder of Banquo because of the motives behind the
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