What has Banquo been thinking/dreaming about? [2.1.4-21] How does his attitude to the witches compare to Macbeth's?

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This scene finds Banquo in the dark, in conversation with his son, Fleance. Dark is an important symbol in Macbeth, representative of the unknown and of a time of day in which evil deeds may be performed secretly. There are not even any stars; Heaven's "candles are all out."

Banquo tells Fleance that he does not wish to sleep, even though "a heavy summons lies like lead upon me." He begs for Heaven to "restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature gives way to in repose." Here, Banquo means that he is afraid to sleep because, when he does, he has "cursed thoughts." Later in the scene, Banquo says, "I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters," to which Macbeth replies, "I think not of them." However, we know that this is untrue: Banquo's behavior at the beginning of the scene stands in contrast to what follows after his exeunt, when Macbeth's famous "dagger" speech precedes his...

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