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What is the first impression of Macbeth’s relationship with Banquo in Act One: Scenes 1-3 (William Shakespeare's Macbeth)?

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Posted September 10, 2013 at 1:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Readers are not "introduced" to Banquo until act one, scene three, of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. In this scene, Banquo and Macbeth are greeted by the three witches and offered prophecies. 

Macbeth's prophecies state that he will be the Thane of Cawdor and king. Banquo's prophecies state he is lesser than Macbeth, yet greater (lesser in title, better in character), not happy, yet happier (since he is not acknowledge by the king, yet a good man), and his sons will be kings, yet he will not. 

After Macbeth hears his prophecies, he seems worried. Banquo, confused about Macbeth's fear, tries to console him. Banquo proves to offer himself to Macbeth as a true friend and follower ("Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear / Your favors nor your hate"). The conversation between Macbeth and Banquo prove that they support and care for one another. 

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