I've been told that Macbeth sees Duncan's ghost in a mirror at the banquet. However I cannot find this in my book. Can someone help? Is this part in the play true?I have the latest book , but not...

I've been told that Macbeth sees Duncan's ghost in a mirror at the banquet. However I cannot find this in my book. Can someone help? Is this part in the play true?

I have the latest book , but not sure if this is correct.

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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This is not correct.

In the banquet scene (Act III), Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo.  The murders return and tell Macbeth that they are able to kill Banquo, but his son, Fleance, was able to escape.  Macbeth is excited his friend has been killed because he cannot have an sons, but he knows he will have to deal with Fleance.

When he comes to the table he at first thinks there is no room for at the table.  He comes to realize that his seat has been taken by Banquo's ghost (though no one else can see him).

MACBETH: Prithee, see there! Behold! Look! Lo! How say
you?
Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too.
If charnel houses and our graves must send(85)
Those that we bury back, our monuments
Shall be the maws of kites.

 

Lady Macbeth convinces the guests to leave them, but she promises them he will be okay.

 

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