Greg’s Macbeth – Theme BETRAYAL

Are ye fantastical, or that indeed which outwardly ye show? Act 1 Sc 3: are you really what it seems you are; Banquo didn’t want to be tricked into betraying Duncan by the Witches with their prediction to MB and Banquo.
So I lose none in seeking to augment it, but still keep my bosom franchised and allegiance clear, I shall be counselled (Banquo) Act 2 Sc1: Banquo is told that there is something in it for him by MB about the prophecy and replies by telling MB that he will do whatever MB wants, however he wants to keep a clear conscience – doesn’t want to betray the King; almost like he knows that MB is plotting against Duncan.
Never shake thy gory locks at me Act 3 Sc4: MB tells the ghost of Banquo not to shake his bloody head at MB – shows that MB has betrayed Banquo by killing him, just so that he can have the title of King as he thought Banquo knew that MB killed Duncan.
Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth. Act 4 Sc1: The Witches betray MB by telling him that nobody born of a woman can kill him, and as everyone is born of a woman, he believes that he is invincible; however MD had a C-section so wasn’t naturally born.
MB shall not be vanquished until Birnham Wood to Dunsinane Hill shall come against him Act 4 Sc1: Again, the Witches betray MB by telling him that he won’t die until a wood has moved to the hill that his castle is on, so his belief in invincibility strengthens as it’s not possible to happen – however it did as the opposite army carried branches from the woods.
Behold where stands the usurper’s cursed head. Act 5 Sc8: MD goes to Malcolm with the head of a dead Macbeth; shows betrayal as he has just killed the king in their fight.

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