Shakespeare in his tragedy Macbeth displays that loyalty is an important and relevant theme throughout the play; especially through the character of Banquo. From the start of the play Banquo shows loyalty, his first showing of loyalty is in battle with his fellow Thane, Macbeth and the King he is fighting for, Duncan. Later on in the play Banquo stays loyal to his former Thane and now King, Macbeth. Unlike other associates close to Macbeth, Banquo didn’t leave to support Malcolm; he stayed loyal to Macbeth. Banquo could’ve easily told people that he suspected that Macbeth betrayed the King and his sons, because of what he heard when they visited the witches, but he was a loyal friend and would’ve expected Macbeth to do the same. Banquo’s loyalty is tested in Act 3 Scene 1 when he shares his thoughts in a private soliloquy; “Thou hast it now, King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promised, and I fear, thou play’dst most foully for’t; yer it was said, it should not stand in thy posterity;but that myself should be the root and father of many kings. If there come truth from them, — as upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine, –why, by the verities on thee made, may they not be my oracles as well, and set me up in hope? But hush; no more.” From this, Banquo is suspecting Macbeth of betraying the King, but keeps quiet as him and Macbeth used to be warriors together and he trusts him. Indefinitely him staying loyal and Macbeth not being able to live happily knowing that the witches prophecy state that Banquo’s children will be King’s and not his, is what got him killed.