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Macbeth - The Banquet Scene

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Introduction

Macbeth The Banquet Scene When the guests enter, Macbeth says: "You know your own degrees ..." Later in the scene, after Macbeth's hysterical outbursts, Lady Macbeth says: "Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at once." Macbeth, through the Witches' riddles and his wife's prompting, has broken the order in Scotland by murdering the good, kind King Duncan. ...read more.

Middle

Macbeth says, "There's blood upon thy face". The stain on the murderer typifies the bloodshed that Macbeth has and will shed in Scotland. The murderer's news is bad for Macbeth. Banquo is dead but "Fleance is scap'd." This reminds Macbeth of the Third Witch's prophecy in I iii: "Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none". ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth remarks: "You have displac'd the mirth, broke the good meeting with most admir'd disorder." This is yet another image indicating one of the play's main themes. The Banquet Scene is in many ways a turning point in the play. There can be no turning back for Macbeth. As he himself says, "I am in blood, stepp'd in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er". ...read more.

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