Macbeth has changed dramatically as a character throughout the play. Macbeth was tortured with remorse after Duncan’s murder but upon hearing of Banquo’s successful assassination he is elated. His vaulting ambition was driving him to extreme measures and he could do nothing to abate it. Macbeth had risked his life to attain the throne and he had no choice but to employ Machiavellian practices to retain it. The appearance of Banquo’s ghost at the royal banquet horrifies Macbeth. Shakespeare brilliantly uses irony to make Banquo’s emergence very dramatic:
Macbeth: Fail not our feast.
Banquo: My lord, I will not.
(III, i, ll 28-29)
Banquo’s appearance provides insight into the character of Macbeth. It shows the level that Macbeth’s mind has recessed to. His morality is declining and although he is battling his conscience, the evil forces have overcome his every thought and action. Banquo’s ghost only appears to Macbeth and it represents his extreme guilt.... [continues]
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