Act 3 Scene 4 - Banquet Scene
Updated: 4/17/2020
Act 3 Scene 4 - Banquet Scene

Storyboard Text

  • Guests Gather in the Castle's Hall
  • 'For my heart speaks they are welcome'
  • One of the Murderers Arrive
  • ‘Dead in a ditch, with twenty trenched gashes on his head’
  • The Ghost of Banquo Enters
  • 'Here's an empty seat, sir.'
  • 'Which one of you did this?'
  • Lords, nobles and Macbeth's closest friends gather in his castle for a grand feast he is holding in honour of his newly crowned kingship. This is his chance to show off to his guests and has put lots of planning in place to make it an unforgettable night.
  • The Ghost Exits
  • One of the murderers that was sent to kill Banquo and Fleance returns with blood on his face. Macbeth is disappointed that Fleance escaped the attack but is extremely glad that Banquo is now dead and poses no threat to him.
  • Banquo's Ghost reappears
  • 'A toast to our dear friend Banquo'
  • As everyone in the hall begins to eat, the ghost of Banquo enters. At first Macbeth doesn't see him but when one of the Lords asks Macbeth to tale a seat, he finally notices the ghostly figure. Macbeth is stunned and visibly shaken but brushes it off to the few that saw his reaction.
  • The Guests Leave
  • 'You lack the season of all nature, sleep.'
  • Macbeth is confused as no one else in the hall could see the ghost. We, as the audience, know that this ghost is his guilty conscience of killing his closest friend but Macbeth himself does not yet realise that. To the side, Lady Macbeth critises him and they then return to the guests where Lady Macbeth calms the guests by calling it a momentary fit.
  • This is the air-drawn dagger which you said Led you to Duncan.
  • Macbeth attempts to carry on the evening and forget about the previous mishap. He is now aware that other people cannot see the ghost and he makes a toast to his 'dear friend Banquo' to try and raise the spirits of others. During his toast, Banquo's ghost once again reappears and Macbeth is terrified.
  • After his second outburst, Lady Macbeth asks all of the guests to leave "Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at once." They discuss how Macduff declined their invite to the banquet and decide he's plotting against them. At the end of the scene, Macbeth decides that he is going to visit the Witches the next day.