The Story of Macbeth

            "He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” This quote means that if someone is seeing there is evil being committed and does nothing to stop it they are indirectly encouraging it. I disagree with this quote. Many people see the evil around them and want to do something about it. However the circumstance they are in makes it a very confusing and impossible situation for them to do something. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare Banquo and the common people do realize the evil actions of Macbeth, however are not able to do anything about them.

             Banquo becomes suspicious of Macbeth's motives after Macbeth kills King Duncan. Banquo sees that the witch's prophecy is becoming true. Banquo says "Thou has't it now king, Cawdor, Glamis, all as the weird women promised, and I fear thou play'dst most foully." We can see Banquo did start to doubt Macbeth's motives and ways of becoming king. However Banquo was not capable of doing much. We were shown how loyal Banquo was when Macbeth had asked him if he would help him carry out a plan. Banquo's answer was "So I lose none in seeking to augment it, but still keep my bosom franchised and allegiance clear, I shall be counsell'd.” Banquo was not willing to do anything disloyal and was clear hearted. Although Banquo did suspect Macbeth we can't say he was involved in the evilness of Macbeth. In fact before Banquo got a chance to do anything about the circumstance Macbeth killed him. Macbeth was suspicious of Banquo's motives and saw that he might be a threat to him. Macbeth's evilness was such that no one could control. .

             The Lord who talks to Lennox is a representation of the Common people of Scotland. We can see through the discussion of the lord with Lennox that the people were not happy with Macbeth as well. The Lord tell us that " Macduff is gone to pray to the holy king, upon his aid to wake Northumberland and warlike Siward that by the help of these, we may again give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights, free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives.

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