Receive what cheer you may: The night is long that never finds the day. Indeed, the entire structure of this scene shows a man swinging from one state of mind to another, recalling the structure of the earlier dagger speech. This is a momentary fit. Now we'll together; and the chance of goodness Be like our warranted quarrel! The banquet guests believe Macbeth must be ill to act in such a way, but Lady Macbeth tells them that he frequently has these 'fits'; she assures them Macbeth will be back to normal soon. The witches now show Macbeth a procession of kings, the eighth of whom holds a mirror in his hand, followed by Banquo. The alliteration of the hard c sounds reveals Macbeth's sense of constraint, in contrast to the freedom which he claims to have enjoyed previously.
Immediately before the scene was the murder of Banquo, one of Macbeths closest Conrad. If charnel-houses and our graves must send 71-72. He felt one of his fits of terror coming on. A modern day example of this is in Iraq, where after the fall of their leader, however right or wrong it was people started looting, murdering and started kidnapping hostages. He thus carries a mirror to signal as much to the real James I, who sits at the forefront of the audience.
I have not received a direct refusal from Macduff, but I know that he will not come. As an evil man not caring about how his people are being treated but only for his greed. As a man who also receives a prophecy but refuses to act actively upon it, Banquo serves as sort of inverse mirror image of Macbeth. She gives the audience a description of Macbeth as she seems him, and this will change the audience's perception of Macbeth accordingly. The many references to blood in the scene also further illustrate the evil atmosphere of the play. The witches complete their magic spell and summon forth a series of apparitions.
They were all gazing at him in silence. May't please your highness sit. But I shall crave your pardon; That which you are my thoughts cannot transpose: Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell; Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace, Yet grace must still look so. If I flinch then, you can call me a coward. First Murderer My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for him. Ourself will mingle with society, 1275 And play the humble host.
The ghost leaves, and Macbeth returns to his guests. Fleance, although one of the hated house to whom the witches have prophesied that the kingdom shall descend, is as yet too young to undertake anything against Macbeth. This scene, a banquet in the palace, is celebrating his coronation as King. MacBeth was driven on by his ambition and by the persuasive powers of Lady MacBeth. If I remain trembling at home, call me a coward.
Give me some wine; fill full. Most royal sir, 1295 Fleance is 'scaped. He now tells them that while Banquo is his own enemy as much as theirs, loyal friends of Banquo's prevent him from killing Banquo himself. Even at the banquet that he has arranged he is surrounded by his evil sins. In Act 3, scene 4 MacBeth realises that he has done wrong and his conscience starts to get the better of him, hence the ghost of Banquo which he thinks he sees. What time of the night is it? I am young; but something You may deserve of him through me, and wisdom To offer up a weak poor innocent lamb To appease an angry god.
Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, remains constant in her judgement. Fare thee well, lord: I would not be the villain that thou think'st For the whole space that's in the tyrant's grasp, And the rich East to boot. The blood in this story is evil. She tells him to get it together—there's nothing but a stool in front of him. With the departure of the guests, Macbeth appears to regain some of his earlier self-confidence.
Yes, and since then too, murders have been committed that are too terrible to mention. The word applies to Macbeth's conduct, not to any disorder among the nobles. Thou canst not say I did it: never shake Thy gory locks at me. The banquet hall is bright and organized, the table has been carefully set, and the guests are seated by rank. By maggot-pies and choughs and rooks brought forth: revealed by magpies and jackdaws and rooks.
Lady Macbeth encourages her husband to return to the banquet, so the guests will not realize that anything is amiss. Note that Lady Macbeth makes no effort either to reproach or to comfort him; she sees plainly that her influence over him is gone. He is no longer overcome with fear at the sight of the ghost, but rather roused to wild anger. This speech is shamelessly hypocritical, for Macbeth is secretly rejoicing that his dreaded enemy will trouble him no more. But Macbeth doesn't see an empty seat at the table. Note the quick tact with which Lady Macbeth comes to her husband's help.