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A tragedy in a theatrical sense is defined as a serious play with an unhappy ending especially one concerning the downfall of the leading characters The leading character in Macbeth is Macbeth Macbeth could be described as a tragic hero as he has many good traits but a major bad trait this trait will lead to the tragic heros downfall Macbeths bad trait is his abnormally huge ambition The banquet scene Act 3 Sc 4 shows many important turning points in The Tragedy of Macbeth the first point of which is Macbeths state of mind Macbeth saw the ghost of Banquo twice in the duration of the scene and literally scares him stiff Lady Macbeth called Macbeth over at one point and likened his actions to what he saw when he was about to kill King Duncan Is this a dagger which I see before me The handle toward my hand Come let me clutch thee I have thee not and yet I see thee still Act 2 Sc 1 Lines 33-35 This shows that he feels guilty for what he has done and had the Murderer not talked to Macbeth then perhaps Macbeth would not have visualized Banquos ghost But also there is the possibility that Macbeth did in fact see Banquos ghost if it was wanted for a more mythological theme to the scene The scene also shows the lords feelings for the new king Macbeth At the beginning the lords present seemed to have complete fealty to him but as the scene progressed then the lords confidence in the king began to dwindle first as he left the table to talk to some random person The Murderer instead of them his guests then his first outburst at an empty chair from their point of view The excuse from Macbeth was probably a heavy hit to their confidence in him Do not muse at me my most worthy friends
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