Macbeth: A Discussion of Banquo's Ghost Essay
Banquo's ghost appears …show more content…
When Banquo does appear, Lady Macbeth also makes the connection. Says she of his claims of seeing a ghost, "This is the air-drawn dagger which, you said, led you to Duncan." (III 4, ll. 62-63) This further establishes that there is a connection between the dagger and the ghost. The connection cannot be that they were sent from the same supernatural force, as the dagger encouraged murder, whereas the ghost was a source of punishment. Instead, the conclusion is drawn that both are imagined, and signs of Macbeth's unsteadiness of mind.
The next illusion which Macbeth endures is one of sound. Upon killing King Duncan, he begins to here a voice crying, "sleep no more!" and accusing him of his awful crime. (II 2, ll. 40-47) He claims the voice "cried unto all the house", yet no one but himself heard it. His wife questions him on the matter and concludes him to be "brainsickly." (II 2, ll. 48-50) Again, the illusion appears in connection with the murder. This time, it is a form of punishment, which his mind is inflicting on itself. No gore is present, as it is sound only, but the word murder is used again and again.
Later in the same scene, Macbeth experiences a problem that foreshadows the insanity of his