Banquo

  • Biography
Banquo is a nobleman and a close friend of Macbeth. He served in the Scottish army with Macbeth, fought very well, and thus, was praised by King Duncan. The three witches who predict that Macbeth will be King, also predict that Banquo's children will become kings. Macbeth feels threatened by the prediction, and orders Banquo and his son, Fleance, to be killed. Banquo is killed by twenty stab wounds to the head.banquo-1.jpg

After the murder, the assassins report back to Macbeth and tell him that Banquo is dead and Fleance has escaped.

That night, the Macbeths host a lavish party after Macbeth becomes king. He expresses false regret that Banquo did not come to his party, in order not to arouse suspicion of the deed he did. Whether it is a manifestation of his guilt or his mental anguish displaying itself in a tangible way, or both, after murdering Duncan, Macbeth sees a ghost of Banquo. This vision scares Macbeth, who rebukes it, causing he part goers deem him to be insane. Banquo's ghost is exactly as he was after he died: with stab wounds in his heads, and very bloody. Banquo's ghost also appears in front of Macbeth the second time he goes to see the witches. He sees a line of 8 kings and then Banquo is the last one. Each one of these kings closely resembles Banquo, implying that they are descendants of Banquo who will become KIngs in the future. Banquo's only son, Fleance, was not killed, and as a result there is still a chance of Banquo's name becoming part of the thrown.

Quotes:
"Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none." [1]
"Your children shall be kings."[2]
"And oftentimes, to win us our harm,/The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/Win us with honest trifles, to betray 's"[3]
"O treachery! Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou mayst revenge- O slave" [4]

  1. ^ Act 1 Scene III
  2. ^ Act 1 Scene III
  3. ^ Act 1 Scene III
  4. ^ Act III, Scene III