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Imagine you are a witness (or witnesses) to the events surrounding the murder of Banquo. Describe what you saw, and your thoughts and feelings about the events, atmosphere and characters involved.

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Introduction

JAMES MARSHALL 7/10/00 English: Personal Writing: Based on Macbeth Imagine you are a witness (or witnesses) to the events surrounding the murder of Banquo. Describe what you saw, and your thoughts and feelings about the events, atmosphere and characters involved. Interview with the Attendant "Bring in the attendant," shouted the guard. "Scribe, get all this down, I want every word he says recorded." The attendant came in and sat down on the opposite side of the desk to the guard. They sat in silence, staring at each other, working each other out. "You ready scribe?" "Yes sir." "OK, lets start. This is Macdonald the guard interviewing the attendant, concerning the murder of Banquo. Please start whenever you are ready." "Well, I was at the palace at Forres. When I heard the senate sound, I walked in with Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and some other important people, I forget who they are now. I felt nervous when I walked into the room, as it seemed like everyone's eyes were upon me, waiting for me to trip and go flying. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth walked over to Banquo, and greeted him. ...read more.

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The servant came back and Macbeth stopped his rambling. The two men came in with masks on. I think I was right to believe that this was slightly strange, as people don't usually go around wearing masks. They obviously had a reason to conceal their identities. I then was asked to leave by the servant." "Thank you for helping us with our inquiries. On your way out, could you ask the servant to come in." Interview with the Servant "Hello. I'm Macdonald the guard. I believe that you are one of Macbeth's servants." "Yes." "This is Macdonald the guard interviewing Macbeth's servant in connection with the murder of Banquo. Tell us what you know then." "I was told by the attendant to go and get the two men at the gate. They didn't look normal, perhaps because of their masks. I took them up to Macbeth and left them with him. He looked anxious as I took them in. Macbeth then told me to guard the door." "On the outside?" "No, the inside. He wanted to make sure that no-one got in." "So, what was said exactly?" ...read more.

Conclusion

He had very red hands, perhaps he was a blacksmith or something similar. When they finished talking, Macbeth looked very upset and cross, as though he had just received some awful news. I could tell that that was to be a bad night for Macbeth. Later on, Macbeth seemed to forget about his terrible news, maybe it was the ale. He was chatting freely to his nobles about how he had the most honorable people under his roof, but that they were still to meet the even more honorable Banquo. Just as he said Banquo's name, Macbeth locked up. His cheeks turned white with fear, and he started trembling. I was the only person to notice it, but Macbeth's chair moved as he was looking at it. That caused me to believe that a spirit had entered the room. Though Macbeth is a bold man, and could probably cheat the devil, this he could not handle. He looked quite mad, standing there gormless, staring onto an empty chair. Lady Macbeth said that he was infirm, that I can believe. She prompted me to start the entertainment as she tended to her husband." "Thank-you very much. You can now leave." The entertainer left the room. "So, what do you think scribe?" "Well its obvious, isn't it?" ...read more.

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