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In Macbeth, what does Banquo mean when he says the following quote?"Thou hast it now:...
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This famous quote opens Act III, and it is important to realise how vital this quote is. Banquo has silently witnessed what has transpired in Act II and how Duncan has been assassinated and Macbeth has seized power. He alone was there with Macbeth when the witches predicted that Macbeth would become Thane of Cawdor, Glamis, and then King, and now we see that he suspects Macbeth of having gained these prophesied titled through foul means, as Banquo says tha the fears that Macbeth "play'dst most foully" for the titles he has won. This is a very important soliloquy in the play therefore, as in it Banquo voices the suspicions that he has of Macbeth and internally debates the truth of the prophecies of the "Weird Women." For Banquo, too, received prophecies, and surely if the prophecies that applied to Macbeth came true, then those relevant to Banquo will come true as well. However, as that involved one of Banquo's heirs becoming King, this is potentially a treacherous thought, so he is quick to be silent when he hears other characters enter.
Posted by accessteacher on June 3, 2011 at 2:34 AM (Answer #1)
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