In Macbeth, why does Macbeth fear Banquo?

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Macbeth provides the reasons why he fears Banquo in Act lll, scene l, during his monologue. He declares that to be king means nothing unless he is safe and secure in his new role. He acknowledges that he harbors a deep fear for Banquo for the following reasons:

  • Banquo is noble and good and it is this quality that makes him a most powerful adversary.
  • He is courageous and strong-willed and would take risks for the sake of good.
  • He is wise enough to know that he should not be impetuous and put himself in danger. He should ensure his own safety.
  • With Banquo around, Macbeth feels that his marvellous plot in killing Duncan could be exposed.
  • Macbeth will always be deemed inferior to Banquo, for as long as Banquo lives, just as much as Antony was said to be when compared to Caesar.
  • Macbeth noted Banquo's reaction to the weird sisters' predictions and was aware that he was very critical and skeptical of what they had said. It seemed to him as if Banquo resented the witches ' good tidings to him and even...

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