What Does Banquo Contribute to the Play?

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Both Macbeth and Banquo appear at the same scene for the first time in the play. In this scene, Banquo shows his discerning quality when he and Macbeth encounter the witches, which makes Macbeth’s gullibility stands out. After the witches told both Macbeth and Banquo their prophecies, Banquo doubts if the witches are real. He asked Macbeth,” Were such things here as we do speak about? / Or have we eaten on the insane root/ that takes the reason prisoner? (1.2.84-86)” This shows that he is not sure if he is delusional and seeing things. While Macbeth believes the witches are real and wish to know more about his prophecy. He said to the witches, “Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more. (1.3.71)” Banquo also doubts the intension of the witches, he believes that evil always tells one part of the truth in order to earn one’s trust and lead him to destruction. Banquo warns Macbeth, ”But ‘tis strange./And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/ the instruments of darkness tell us truths,/win us with honest trifles, to betray’s/In deepest consequence.(1.3.124-128)” On the other hand, Macbeth ignored his friends warning and believes in what the witches say. He is over whelmed by his ambition to be king, he said to himself,”Glamis, and the thane of Cawfor!/The greatest is behind.(1.3.118-119).””Two truths are told/,as happy prologues to the swelling act/of the imperial theme. (1.3.130-132)” Moreover, Macbeth also starts to change his mind about the witches and believe they are not evil. Before, Macbeth called the witches “imperfect speakers.(1.3.71)” and after he got the news that he is thane of Cawdor, he has a slight change of mind: “If ill,/why hath it given me earnest of success,/commencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor. (1.3.34-37)” After Banquo and Macbeth’s encounter with the witches, Macbeth’s dark side is conspicuous contrasting to Banquo’s noble personality,

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