Journal Article

<i>Macbeth's</i> Banquo: <i>Faux Ami</i> as Christian Friend

Gene Fendt

in Literature and Theology

Volume 23, issue 4, pages 388-400
Published in print December 2009 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frp029
Macbeth's Banquo: Faux Ami as Christian Friend

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One sign of Banquo's nature and authorial intent regarding Macbeth is what we might call Banquo's grammar. In grammar, a faux ami is a word in a foreign language that looks like a word in one's own, but means something quite different. Banquo is the ghost of such a word. In Latin, he would be declined banquo, banques, banquet; but the word does not exist in Latin. So ‘Banquo’ is the ghost of a faux ami; his being and ghost a double edged grammatical pun. His appearance and action at Macbeth's banquets (where Macbeth performs ‘non banquo’) exhibit that he is, moreover, the truest friend.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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