Does Shakespeare use humor for comic relief in the banquet scene of Macbeth as he does in the earlier scene with the porter?
In act 4, scene 3, of Macbeth, in which Macbeth hosts a banquet, there is actually a lack of humor or comic relief. Instead, the tension grows increasingly high as Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo, essentially throwing a fit and raising concern among his guests, who recognize that "His highness is not well." Meanwhile, an embarrassed Lady Macbeth attempts to persuade both the guests to stay and Macbeth to get his act together. The scene has a rather chaotic feel to the reader or viewer.
As Macbeth tries to navigate his guilt while maintaining a calm image, and Banquo continues to appear to only him and no...
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