What suspicions does Banquo voice in Macbeth?


What suspicions does Banquo voice in Macbeth?


Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth takes place in Scotland. A warrior named Macbeth meets three witches, who foretell that one day, he will be king. After talking with his wife, he decides to take action and kill the current king, Duncan. Although he gets away with the murder, he begins to go mad with suspicion, terrified that his actions will come back to haunt him. To keep from losing power, he kills anyone he perceives as a threat, until he is overthrown by rebels.

Answer and Explanation:

At the opening of Act III, Banquo expresses his doubts over Macbeth's sudden rise to power: 'Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,/ As the weird women promised, and I fear/ Thou played?st most foully for ?t.' Like Macbeth, he was there for the witches' prophesy. He knows that they predicted he would become king. However, Banquo believes it happened too quickly to be mere coincidence. He fears that Macbeth took matters into his own hands, rather than waiting for the throne to come to him honestly. Banquo knows that Macbeth is an ambitious man, and he fears what Macbeth will do in order to maintain his power. Quite rightly, as it turns out. Macbeth murders Banquo in order to keep him silent.

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