What quote in Macbeth most describes Macbeth's and Banquo's character?If you were to pick one specfic quote that best describes each of these characters, what would it be?
One has many different choices when choosing a quote from Macbeth which speaks to the characters of both Macbeth and Banquo.
Macbeth- "Let not light see my black and deep desires" (I,iv).
Here, Shakespeare offers readers a very direct characterization of Macbeth. Readers do not have to infer or guess what type of person he is. Instead, Macbeth openly admits that he is a bad person (on the inside). Over the course of the play, Macbeth proves, time and time again, that he is not a good person.
Banquo- "A heavy summons lies like lead upon me, and yet I would not sleep" (II,i).
Here, Shakespeare indirectly characterizes Banquo. While not being direct about his character, readers can infer that Banquo is a good person at heart given that he cannot sleep because of the things which cause him anguish (worry about Macbeth, his sons, and the future of the kingdom).