I didn’t trust Macbeth and Banquo’s friendship right from the beginning. What we know about Macbeth clearly makes him an untrustworthy character but also Banquo’s words in the beginning seem suspicious, almost mocking of Macbeth. When Macbeth is being given his new title, Banquo throws in his comments-”The earth hath bubbles as the water has, and these are of them,” “Were such things here as we do speak about? Or have we eaten on the insane root that takes the reason prisoner?” “What, can the devil speak true?” “The instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray’s in deepest consequence.” His words seem to warn that things aren’t right, but he doesn’t speak against Macbeth because he doesn’t want to accuse his friend. I think he isn’t brave or confident enough to fully speak out, his conscience and deep feelings for Macbeth also hold him back, and so he appropriately proposes that Macbeth shall be king. He is confused and scared of his part of the prophecy-that he is “lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy(lucky), yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none. So all hail Macbeth and Banquo.” Banquo comes to not want to be involved with Macbeth, “In seeking to augment it, but still keep my bosom franchised and allegiance clear.” He says ”Thou play’dst most foully for’t” about Macbeth’s title as king. Banquo has suspicions but even this quote he says to himself, not even wanting Macbeth to know that he suspects because that would be a disrespect to their friendship. The “end of their friendship” is due to Macbeth’s paranoia. He either knows or is scared that Banquo suspects him and so he eliminates him. Macbeth displays his deep, true, honest feelings towards Banquo though when he says to Lady Macbeth about having Banquo assassinated, “Let your remembrance apply to Banquo, present him eminence both with eye and tongue: And make our faces vizards(masks) to our hearts, disguising what they are.” Macbeth’s actions are terrible but he is breaking down, losing himself. We see the last shred of the real Macbeth and his humanity in how he sensitively wants to kill Banquo.
Act 3-#8 March 10, 2013