Act 3, Scene 4

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Banquo’s ghost taunts a guilty Macbeth.

Summary

Macbeth finds out that Banquo has been murdered, but that his son has escaped. As Macbeth heads back to eat at his banquet table, he finds his seat has been taken by none other than the ghost of Banquo. He freaks out at the sight, and Lady Macbeth dismisses it as a momentary fit. When Macbeth tells her he sees Banquo’s ghost in his seat, she quietly tells Macbeth to be a man and get over his anxiety. After screaming at the ghost, he gathers himself and makes excuses to his guests, shooing everyone away from the banquet table. Left alone with his wife, Macbeth tells her he’s terrified of the consequences of his evil deeds. He wants to meet with the witches again, to figure out what else lies in store. Nothing good, he thinks.

 

Interview: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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