Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank


Character & Motivation

Banquo headshot



My Motto(s)
  • Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. (1.3.65)
Also Called
  • Noble Banquo (1.4.29)
  • True, worthy Banquo (1.4.54)
  • Kind gentleman (1.4.151)
  • Our chief guest (3.1.11)
  • Horrible shadow (3.1.105)
  • Captain (1.2.34)
My Quotes:

Speak then to me, who neither beg, nor fear, Your favours or your hate. (1.3.60-1)

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Banquo is a thane in Duncan’s army, and at first a friend to Macbeth. He is equal in rank to Macbeth at the beginning of the play, and although Macbeth is told he will be King, Banquo is told that his children will be kings. After Macbeth kills Duncan and becomes King, Banquo grows suspicious of his former friend and considers him to be a tyrant. However, Macbeth has him murdered before he can act. He later appears as a ghost and frightens Macbeth at his banquet. Banquo finally appears in the play as an apparition with eight of his descendents, showing Macbeth that they will be kings. By frightening him into becoming more of a tyrant, Banquo pushes Macbeth towards his fate.

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold;
    Thou hast no speculation in those eyes,
    Which thou dost glare with. (3.4.93-5)

  2. Banquo, thy soul’s flight,
    If it find Heaven, must find it out to-night. (3.1.140-1)

  3. Our fears in Banquo
    Stick deep, and in his royalty of nature
    Reigns that which would be fear’d: ‘tis much he dares;
    And, to that dauntless temper of his mind,
    He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
    To act in safety. There is none but he
    Whose being I do fear. (3.1.48-54)

  4. If you shall cleave to my consent, when ‘tis,
    It shall make honour for you. (2.1.25-6)

  5. Noble Banquo,
    That hast no less deserv’d, nor must be known
    No less to have done so, let me enfold thee,
    And hold thee to my heart. (1.4.29-32)

  6. Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.
    Not so happy, yet much happier.
    Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none:
    So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!
    Banquo and Macbeth, all hail! (1.3.65-9)