In regards to Shakespeare's Macbeth, what do you think is the atmosphere of Banquo's household?I'm writing from the murderers' point of view.

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Always honorable and noble, Banquo would be continually concerned for his family's welfare; however, his inaction in regards to his suspicions allows the tragedy that could have been prevented otherwise.  Banquo, from the very beginning of the play, is always concerned about the welfare of others.  When Macbeth and Banquo first see the witches, after a humorous comment about the witches' "beards," asks Macbeth, "Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear / Things that do sound so fair?"  At the beginning of Act II, Banquo sees Macbeth up and about in the late evening and worries about him saying, "What, sir, not yet at rest?"  Even in planning the murder of Banquo in Act III, Macbeth talks about how honorable Banquo is in every way in that "he hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor / To act in safety."  It is safe to assume, therefore, that this honor and valor and concern for others translate into love throughout Banquo's entire household.  The murderers, then, should expect to find a loving family with a father who undoubtedly loves his son, Fleance.

Meanwhile, Duncan is killed and Banquo admits in the beginning of Act III, "Thou hast it now:  King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, / As the weird women promised, and I fear / Thou play'dst most foully for 't."  Banquo, regretfully, doesn't act on his suspicion that proves to be true in the end.  Even with all o the honor in the world, one would think that Banquo couldn't save his family if he's dead.  Ah, but think again, kind reader.  Luckily, Banquo's dying words are the perfect advice for his son, Fleance to "fly, fly, fly!"  Thus, Banquo's family line is saved, continuing in royalty.