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Macbeth - The Banquet Scene

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Introduction

The Banquet Scene The Banquet Scene in Macbeth is an important scene in the play because there are some important changes. Macbeth has just been crowned King, and Lady Macbeth has become his Queen. Macbeth has just had Banquet murdered and people are beginning to become suspicious as to how Macbeth got to the throne so quickly. Macbeth has invited all the Thanes and Lords of Scotland to his castle to celebrate his crowning. This is the first time all the most important people in Scotland will see their new King. They will expect him to be noble, brave, wise and mostly sane. During the party the person he had kill Banquet enters and Macbeth talks to him offstage. The murderer tells Macbeth that Banquet has been killed. But his son Fleece has escaped. Macbeth is angry at this but at the same time glad that the job was half done so he re-enters the hall calmly. When he returns Lennox asks him to sit down. Macbeth looks around the table and tells Lennox that there are no empty seats. ...read more.

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He then calls a toast to the joy of everyone and the absence of Banquet, who all the Lords think is alive. In the middle of the toast Banquet's ghost reappears and Macbeth turns violent and mad. On seeing this Lady Macbeths decides that the Lords have seen too much already and orders them to leave "for their own safety". After the Banquet scene which in many ways represents the point of safe return for Macbeth, things move very quickly. As a King the Banquet scene has firmly established Macbeth as an unstable tyrant. Those who serve Macbeth now do so only out of fear. At the end of the Banquet scene Macbeth decides on two courses or action. Firstly, he must try to kill Mac duff. He sends murderers to his castle but Mac duff is not there. He has his wife, children and every person in the castle butchered. Secondly, Macbeth decides to go again to the Weird Sisters. They tell him a number of half truths. Firstly, that he will never be defeated by any man naturally born by a woman. ...read more.

Conclusion

It was supposed to show mighty people who he was and what he was like as a king. He had hoped that when they saw how wise and noble he was then they would return to wherever they were from and tell their people about him. Instead the Lords will never return to the Macbeth castle because they have seen him to be a complete lunatic who talks to chairs. If there were any doubts that Macbeth had cheated his way to the throne before the Banquet scene then there is definitely not be a single doubt now. The people will be thinking what have we done? What kind of maniac have we let rule our Country? Macbeth's power will never be the same again. People who may have been loyal to him before will now only look at him out of pure fear. I believe that the banquet scene is extremely important in the play because it is the first time everyone can see their king for who he is. And it is after this that Lady Macbeth begins losing control of Macbeth and is pushed away and not talked to. Without this scene I think that the play would not make as much sense as it does. ...read more.

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