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MEETING THE WITCHES
'Are ye fantastical'
Banquo understands that the witches might be decieving
He is not captivated by the witches
Contrast from Macbeth's reaction
Calls the witches 'Instrumental of darkness'
PROPHECY FROM THE WITCHES
Later on in the play, Banquo concedes that he still thinks about the prophecy in his sleep
'Cursed thoughts that nature gives way to in repose'
The motif of sleep is repeated
The fact that Banquo can sleep contrasts with Macbeth which suggests his innocence
Banquo does not act on his thoughts in contrast with Macbeth
James I believes that he was descended from Banquo
Shakespeare is creating a historical lineage in which his ancestors were honourable and brave
Like Duncan, he is too noble to comprehend evil
Foreshadows that his children are destined to become kings
Alines Duncan and Banquo
Legitimising that James I is a God-chosen king.
'The air is delicate'
The short scene reflects the violent and brutal world that Macbeth has created
Shakespeare respects Banquo and he doesn't want the pain to last therefore the short scene