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Act three, scene four

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English - Act three, scene four

Act three, scene four

_As Macbeth begins to address his guests Banquo's ghost appears before him
and sits in the seat reserved for the King. The others cannot see the ghost
but Macbeth does not know this and he addresses it directly._

This is the banquet scene in which Macbeth's guilt is once again
prominent.

Macbeth is holding a formal banquet for his noble men and just before it
begins one of the murderers informs Macbeth that Banquo is dead but Fleance
has escaped.

Initially the guests, at the suggestion of Ross, want to leave but Lady
Macbeth intervenes and tells them it is nothing to worry about and
encourages them to stay by telling them her husband's behaviour is a
temporary fit. She confronts her husband, once again trying to get him to
compose himself. She uses the same tactic as before and questions his
manhood.

When Macbeth once again tries to address his guest the ghosts return.
Macbeth loses control and Lady Macbeth is forced to ask everyone to leave.
When they are alone Macbeth confesses his fear to his wife, "BLOOD WILL
HAVE BLOOD" and advises his wife that he intends to approach the witches
and learn what is to become of him.

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