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How should I write a eulogy for Banquo from Macbeth?

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Posted June 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM via iOS

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How should I write a eulogy for Banquo from Macbeth

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM (Answer #1)

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A eulogy for Banquo would probably emphasize that he was a loyal vassal of Duncan (and later, one could say, Macbeth) and a great warrior. These were the virtues most prized in Macbeth's time, as emphasized by the approving description of Macbeth's actions in the battle against the rebel Macdonwald. Beyond this, one could say that Banquo, though ambitious and intrigued by the witches' prophecy that his descendents would be kings, remains loyal and is certainly unwilling to compromise his basic humanity to fulfill his ambitions. Finally, a eulogy might mention the witches' prophecy itself, which positioned him as the ancestor of a number of great Scottish kings.

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