Caytlin McBride

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Banquo the Bestie

Banquo's role in Macbeth is he is Macbeth's conspirator. In the play he is depicted as Macbeth's rival; the role of fellow plotter passes to Lady Macbeth. Banquo is open to human yearnings and desires. He is just as keen to hear what the witches have to say. He can not sleep because he is having dreams of the witches. In his soliloquy shows more than a hint of resentment and, possibly, of the same naked ambition that leads Macbeth astray. Banquo is a sympathetic figure for several reasons. He is ignorant of what the audience knows concerning the murder of the king and of his own impending doom. He is also a father who's relationship with his son is an affectionate one.

Macbeth's Downfall

The downfall of Macbeth would be caused because of his wife Lady Macbeth, she is the one who brought out the inner anger from Macbeth. Lady Macbeth caused Macbeth's inner rage, greed, and anger. Lady Macbeth persuaded him into it, even though Macbeth didn't want to kill Duncan. When the prophecies were made, Macbeth didn't know what to think of them. Lady Macbeth had to get Macbeth to fulfill these prophecies, so Macbeth could be King of Scotland. Lady Macbeth is quite good at manipulating people and that's what she tries to do with Macbeth, she does everything in her power. The way she tries to get him to do it is by calling him all these names and thinking that maybe if she called him these names that he would kill Duncan. She would call him a coward, and that he isn't a real man. She thinks she knows what he truly wants, so she tries to tell him what he truly wants to get him to do it. Eventually, Macbeth gives in to her and kills Duncan, but after it happened, Macbeth instantly wishes that he could go back and not do it, but the voice of his wife overthrew him. Macbeth becomes angry at everyone in Scotland and especially his wife because she was the one who talked him into it. Macbeth then, became absolutely obsessed with the prophecies and killing everyone who was standing in his way. Macbeth turned to the bad side only because Lady Macbeth made him like this and he can't take back what he has done. Macbeth thought he had to do whatever he had to do to keep being the King of Scotland.

Literary Devices And Quotes

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"The Oresteia" By: Robert Fagles

This book resembles Macbeth because it is about a guy named Aeschylus and he chooses a subject on the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. That reminds me of Macbeth because it is about getting revenge and Macbeth wanted to get revenge on the people that stood in his way. This book is about something bloody and it gets pretty bloody in Macbeth, because Macbeth murders Duncan and in this book, this poor family is getting killed. A quote from the book The Oresteia is

"Oh, the torment bred in the race,
the grinding scream of death
and the stroke that hits the vein,
the hemorrhage none can staunch, the grief,
the curse no man can bear.

But there is a cure in the house, and not outside it, no,
not from others but from them,
their bloody strife. We sing to you,
dark gods beneath the earth.

Now hear, you blissful powers underground --
answer the call, send help.
Bless the children, give them triumph now" (Fagles).