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Was Banquo's ghost real or just a guilty conscious? During the banquet macbeth saw...

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senzenintswej... | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 13, 2007 at 7:40 PM via web

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Was Banquo's ghost real or just a guilty conscious?

During the banquet macbeth saw banquo's ghost.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 14, 2007 at 1:49 AM (Answer #1)

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I would say that the ghost is real. Why? Two reasons. First, because the presence of the witches in the play already lets us know that the play will include supernatural elements. Second, the stage directions call for the ghost to actually be there, and so the audience would see the ghost too.
Now, is that certain? No. It could still be a guilty conscience, but that's why I think it is real. People are haunted privately in some traditions, due to their guilt, and that's what I think happened here.
Greg

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