What are some quotes and ideas that show Macbeth deceiving Banquo? 

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Although Macbeth wants to believe he is the thane of Cawdor, he also has second thoughts (act 1, scene 3). Rather than pay attention to Ross, Angus, and Banquo, he gets wrapped up in his own doubts, expressing them to himself in asides. Banquo comments on his distraction to the others: “New horrors come upon him, / Like our strange garments . . .” After Macbeth comes back to his company, he makes excuses, then turns things around by telling them that they should all be honest with each other: “let us speak / Our free hearts each to other.”

The reversal in the two men’s relationship is fully realized in act 3, scene 1, when Macbeth arranges Banquo’s murder. Before Macbeth enters, Banquo laments the terrible steps Macbeth has taken to make the witches prophecy come true and make him king, addressing him in absentia: “I fear, / Thou play'dst most foully for't.” After Macbeth enters, as Banquo prepares to ride off to take...

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