How Shakespeare Makes the Banquet Scene Dramatic for the Audience

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How Shakespeare Makes the Banquet Scene Dramatic for the Audience

The banquet scene takes place near the middle of Shakespeare's world-famous play. All the action and drama happens in the hall, soon after the murder of king Duncan and Banquo. We find out at the beginning of the scene about Banquo's murder with the arrival of the 'murderer', whom Macbeth has paid to eliminate Banquo. The 'murderer' tells Macbeth that he slit Banquo's throat. As the scene progresses we see Macbeth's character develop and what seemed to have been a great occasion, turns into one of havoc and confusion. This all adds up to create an intensely dramatic scene.

The Banquet is of great importance to Macbeth as it
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They clearly want to come across as generous people - the right people to lead the country in the absence of Duncan.

Shakespeare creates a dramatic atmosphere by having the murderer of Banquo appearing at the Palace, it is certainly not normal that a man with a scruffy, poor appearance should turn up at such a rich, golden occasion. Some eyebrows would surely have been raised with his entrance even though Macbeth tries to keep a low profile with quick frantic conversation that adds dramatic tension.

The conversation of sin and guilt between Macbeth and the murderer are dramatic and the audience would be intrigued by the nature of the exchange of words. Macbeth's first words to the murderer are, "There's blood upon thy face". The murderer thinks that he is speaking literally, but the message may be deeper than that. I think that Macbeth means that he too has sin on his skin because of his act of evil. This line by Macbeth is very significant. It fits in perfectly with the rest of the play, in which Shakespeare conveys Macbeth's feelings of guilt not only in what he says, but how he says it, for example in Act 2 Scene 2 "These deeds must not be thought after these ways; so it will make us mad. Although the reader recognises that Macbeth is a cold-hearted
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