Macbeth: Banquo's Ghost

Some connotations of Banquo's ghost

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  • Banquo's Ghost
    • Macbeth's hallucinations have had irreparable damage
      • Showing the effect the murders have had on his mental health
    • Prompts Macbeth to see the witches
    • Manifestation of Macbeth's fear and guilt
      • Caused by the supernatural (the witches)
    • Ironically the witches set Macbeth on this path in the first place
    • Reinforces Shakespeare's idea that evil acts always have negative consequences
    • Acts as a turning point, could repent but decides to redouble methods to gain security
    • Further emphasises the irony of Macbeth's actions
      • Neither murder truly benefits Macbeth


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