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Banquo compares/ contrasts with Macbeth because he
is not at all ambitious.
disapproves of ambition.
shows he too is ambitious.
Banquo's attitude to the promises of the witches compares/ contrasts with Macbeth's because
he immediately sees they are not to be trusted.
he at once longs for their promises to come true.
he does not believe their promises.
One reason Shakespeare's portrayal of Banquo is so positive is:
Shakespeare himself was descended from Banquo.
Shakespeare's patron King James claimed to be descended from Banquo.
History books described Banquo as a very good man.
Shakespeare shows Duncan had the following fatal flaw as a king:
Duncan was too fond of money.
Duncan was too old and weak to fight in battles.
Duncan was inclined to trust people too easily.
Malcolm's role in the play develops:
from an apparently evil into a good character.
from a seemingly weak into a strong character.
from a foolish into a wise character.
When Macduff asks Malcolm to come back to Scotland,
Malcolm pretends to be evil to test Macduff's honesty.
Malcolm agrees to come as soon as he can raise an army.
Malcolm refuses to come as he foresees a trap.
Shakespeare presents the character of Macduff
mainly through soliloquy.
as a deep and complex character.
as a simply drawn character who helps to advance the plot.
An important function of Macduff's character is
to provide a contrast with the other Scottish lords.
to provide opposition to Malcolm.
to take revenge on Macbeth for his evil deeds.
The main function of the characters Lennox and Ross is
to convey information and some commentary to the audience.
to express Macbeth's wishes.
to provide interesting, well-developed personalities.
The witches influence Macbeth's actions
through taking control of his mind.
through the power of suggestion.
through making him afraid of them.