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Compare the reactions of Macbeth and Banquo to the witches in Macbeth.J. Wilson...

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rajdarshani | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 25, 2011 at 5:43 PM via web

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Compare the reactions of Macbeth and Banquo to the witches in Macbeth.

J. Wilson believes that Banquo is more interested in the witches than is Macbeth, who seems more interested in prophecies.  Do you agree or disagree?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM (Answer #1)

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In Act 1 Scene 3 of Macbeth, Banquo does appear to be more interested in the witches and their intentions than he is in the prophecies themselves.  Banquo has never seen the witches before, so he is not familiar with them, and therefore, he does not trust their apparent intentions.  He believes that they are really trying to trick him and Macbeth, so he remains wary.  Macbeth, on the other hand, does not seem to question the witches' intentions and thus he is lured by the prophecies.  In the face of Banquo, Macbeth pretends that he does not much care about their words, but he takes the prophecies to heart and begins to dream about what it would be like for the prophecies to come true.  So, Banquo does seem to be more interested in the witches--he is not driven by greed or ambition, so his good nature allows him to be more critical of the potential harm that the witches' words might bring.

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