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The first scene starts with Banquo voicing his suspicions about Macbeth killing Duncan in order to become the King He is aware that the witches had prophesized that his sons would become Kings But he doesnt let this thought obsess him He is capable of controlling his thoughts and checking his ambitions unlike Macbeth which sets the two apart Macbeth enters with the others here He announces that Banquo is to be the chief guest of the royal banquet hes hosting tonight Banquo promises to come but not until later after he has returned from his ride with his son Fleance Then Macbeth talks of how Malcolm and Donalbain havent yet confessed to their deed and are making up dumb tales to support their innocence Macbeth neednt have told this to Banquo his doing so shows that he is still scared that Banquo suspects him and he wants to clear any such suspicion in Banquos mind by repeatedly reminding Banquo that Malcolm and Donalbain are the ones to blame Once everyone leaves and hes alone Macbeth speaks out his innermost thoughts and feelings His tone is that of despair insecurity and defiance towards the end of the soliloquy To be thus is nothing But to be safely thus he says Macbeth realizes that being a King isnt all that great if the kingship is insecure Banquo stands as an obstacle a potential threat to his kingship Then Macbeth goes on to admire Banquo and his qualities He admires Banquos nobility of character loyalty dauntless temper daring and his valour guided by his wisdom Here Macbeth compares himself to Mark Antony and Banquo to Julius Caesar This is because Antonys guiding spirit was made timid by Caesars just as Macbeths is by Banquos Macbeth viewed himself as inferior to Banquo in terms of bravery and character So he took Banquo to be the biggest potential threat to his crown Moreover the three witches had prophesized
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