In Macbeth, where was King Duncan's funeral held?  Was it mentioned?  

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teachersage eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As noted in the student answer, Duncan's burial, if not funeral, is mentioned. He is buried in Colme-kill. It is worth noting that while Duncan's funeral itself is not described, signs and portents of the world being out of alignment because of the murder are. Not only is the midday sky unnaturally dark with clouds, Ross speaks with an old man who says he saw an owl, which usually kills mice, attack and kill a falcon. Ross then tells of Duncan's horses going wild, refusing to obey, and breaking out of their stalls, as if they would make war on humans. The old man repeats a rumor he has heard:

'Tis said they [the horses] eat each other.

Ross confirms this is true:

They did so, to th' amazement of mine eyes.

With the murdered body of the rightful king buried on an off-shore island, nature itself is revealing multiple signs of the chaos that is about to descend on Scotland. To Shakespeare, showing that regicide is a fundamental assault on the ordered chain of being is more important to the plot than Duncan's funeral, adding to the dark, creepy sense of foreboding the crime creates.

kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After he is murdered by Macbeth, King Duncan's funeral is mentioned in the text. To find the reference, take a look at act 2, scene 4. In this scene, Ross asks Macduff where King Duncan's body is. Macduff responds that it has been taken to Colmekill for burial. Here, King Duncan's body will rest with the bodies of his ancestors. Macduff says that Duncan's bones with be safe inside the family tomb.

What you should also notice about this scene is that Macbeth has already been named the king of Scotland and that he has gone to Scone to prepare for the ceremony in which he is crowned. He has wasted no time in taking the throne. He acts quickly to prevent Duncan's true successor, Malcolm, from becoming the next king.

kc4u | Student

Check the following piece of conversation between Ross and Macduff in act 2 scene 4 and you will find your answer:

Ross: Where is Duncan's body?

Macduff: Carried to Colme-kill,

The sacred storehouse of his predecessors

And guardian of their bones.

Colme-kill was the island of Iona, one of the Western Isles which was the burial--'sacred storehouse'--of former kings of Scotland. Duncan's body was carried to the place for burial which, according to Holinshed's Chronicles, took place in 1046. Even when Duncan's burial was underway, Macbeth had been to Scone for the ceremony of his enthronement.