Compare and contrast Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo. How are they alike? How are they different? Is it possible to argue that Macbeth is the play’s villain and Macduff or Banquo its hero? Is the matter more complicated than that? Macbeth is the “bravest” soldier, very noble, courageous. He is also the honorable Thane of Glamis, but he is not a virtuous one. Macduff is very loyal Scottish nobleman, courageous and is also a Thane of a city. Banquo is a brave, courageous noble general who like Macbeth thinks ambitious thoughts. MacDuff and Banquo are very loyal to their King.
When King Duncan was killed they do everything that they possibly can to find out who murdered the King and to properly hand the killer the consequences. Macbeth is not like Macduff or Banquo. He is very dishonest and full of deceit. He is also very instigative and conniving. Although he was loyal to King Duncan, Macbeth killed King Duncan so he would receive the throne and be the King of Scotland. Although he was already in the blood line of becoming the King of Scotland. Macduff and Banquo are very faithful and loyal to King Duncan even after he is not alive and literally not able to be their king anymore.
They start to piece together the mystery of who killed the King part by part which kind of took awhile. While Macbeth is trying to keep people from finding out that he killed the king, he is parading around like he knows nothing about it and is hiding his guilt. Banquo found out somehow that Macbeth killed Duncan and starts to get on his trail and Macbeth kills him. Banquo stands as a rebuke to Macbeth and tries to scold Macbeth for his mistake in killing the King of Scotland that he is so faithfully devoted to.
Since he represents the path Macbeth chose not to take a path in which ambition need not lead to betrayal and murder. Macduff wants revenge of Macbeth when he finds out that he killed Duncan. So, Macduff gathers his army and travels through the forrest to capture the castle in honor of King Duncan. His army becomes camouflaged by cutting down trees and carrying parts of them to a set place. Macbeth realizes that the prophecy that the three witches told him is coming true, which blew his mind.
Macduff fights for honor and Macbeth fights to kill and to stay alive even though he knows that he is destined to perish. Macbeth is of a brave and capable warrior initially the first time that we see him. However, once we see Macbeth and the three witches together, we begin to realize that his physical courage is joined by a consuming mind boggling ambition and a tendency to self-doubt. The crusade’s mission is to place the rightful king, Malcolm, on the throne, but Macduff also desires vengeance for Macbeth’s murder of Macduff’s wife and young son.
Macbeth is easily tempted into murder to fulfill his ambitions to the throne. Once he commits his first crime and is crowned King of Scotland. When Macduff finds out that Macbeth killed Duncan he plans to kill Macbeth and take his head to Malcolm. Banquo helped Duncan to claim victory over Norway and to become the Thane of Cawdor. They all are loyal to Duncan at some point, although Macduff and Banquo are doing the right things for Duncan, Macbeth is thinking of himself and is doing things so he will be the new King of Scotland.
Macbeth is the play’s villain because he is betraying Duncan and trying to hide everything so he will be king. Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo are all alike in certain little ways. However, they are all very different in a variety of ways. They all have different ambitions and have different pursuits as well as morals. In all they all are different as to the way that they want to live and how they are living in Scotland as well as to who they honor and are loyal to.