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Why did Banquo visit Macbeth's coronation as a ghost in Macbeth?This is for homework...

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jundapunkz | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 31, 2010 at 8:12 AM via web

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Why did Banquo visit Macbeth's coronation as a ghost in Macbeth?

This is for homework and I have to pretend I'm Banquo and say 3 reasons why I visited Macbeth as a ghost and 2 evidences for each reason. Please help, I can't think of anything.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 31, 2010 at 8:33 AM (Answer #1)

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To get you started, you might consider the issue of guilt.  Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost because he feels a sense of guilt over having him murdered by his hired men.  Banquo visits as a ghost to confront Macbeth with his wrongdoings.  Earlier in the play, Banquo questions whether or not Macbeth has gotten his new titles by ill means, so now as a ghost he knows the truth behind Macbeth's actions.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 31, 2010 at 9:05 AM (Answer #2)

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I can think of three reasons why Banquo's ghost might visit Macbeth.  Of course, you should realize that this is speculation and the play actually gives no information about why the ghost visits.

  1. For revenge.  Banquo wants to make Macbeth uncomfortable, and that is an understatement.  Banquo wants to terrorize Macbeth.  He appears to him as payback.  He wants to let Macbeth know that he is still around. 
  2. To gloat.  Fleance escaped.  That means Banquo's children will be kings, not Macbeth's.
  3. To sabatage.  If Banquo can freak out Macbeth, maybe the other characters will know for sure that Macbeth has set up all these murders. 

By the way, this scene is just a feast, not Macbeth's coronation.  That takes place earlier.

Hope these reasons help!

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jseligmann | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 1, 2010 at 2:27 AM (Answer #3)

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1) I am here to crash your fancy dinner party my honored Lord. You wanted me dead, but I showed up anyway. Sorry about all the blood dripping from my head; I didn't have time to clean up.

2) I am here to remind you of how jealous of me you are. Oh, how you couldn't stand it that my child and my child's child and so on and so on all would be kings and that you have no children. Oh, how sad for you.

3) And I am here to remind you of how afraid you are. You were afraid of me and anyone else who is suspicious of how easily you became king. I am here to remind you that you will never kill all of us.

4) And one more thing... I am here to embarrass you and your lovely wife, the Queen of Scotland, and to taste her poisonous cooking. What's for dessert?

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