Why is the Porter's speech in Act 2 Scene 3 of Macbeth comic relief? (3 reasons)
The Porter's speech serves several different purposes. One is that is provides comic relief, it makes the audience laugh and keep laughing. But there has been a sustained knocking at the gate for a long time. It began in Scene 2 and is continuing into Scene 3. It is essential to show who is doing the knocking and why. The Porter has to be drunk to explain why it took him so long to come to the gate, and Shakespeare must have decided that he would make this explanation comical.
We finally see who...
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