Even if the occurrence is supernatural, the event is very real for Macbeth. Just as the party resumes and Macbeth is offering a toast to Banquo, the ghost reappears. A captain in Duncan's army, later the Thane Lord of Glamis and Cawdor. Neither did the record identify Malcolm as succeeding Macbeth as King of Scotland. As a reward for his valiant fighting, described in the opening scene, Macbeth is also named the Thane of Cawdor. The previous thane betrayed Scotland by fighting for the Norwegians and Duncan has condemned him to death. Banquo, Thane of Lochaber A general in Duncan's army along with Macbeth, Banquo is also the subject of one of the witches' prophesies.
The two men have apparently asked Siward to lead an army against Macbeth. She is the driving force behind Macbeth's plays for power, but in the end she drives herself mad because of her guilt over the murders. His decision to pass the kingdom to his son Malcolm provokes his untimely death at the hands of Macbeth. His death sets up the theme of the natural order being disturbed, later alluded to by the Old Man. Macbeth becomes furious: as long as Fleance is alive, he fears that his power remains insecure. Banquo's murder itself makes use of a common theme in Shakespeare's plays: the contrast between light and dark.
In the final scene of the play, Malcolm is presented as the future king. He is a man who does not allow his ambitions to eclipse his conscience. But their answer does not satisfy Macbeth, who berates them as less-than-exemplary examples of men. At the same time, they tell Banquo that his descendants will also be king one day. Instead of avenging their father's death, Malcolm and his brother Donalbain flee Scotland out of fear for their own lives.
After his father dies, Malcolm is afraid for his life and confused about his role. They feared that the same bloodied fate awaited them if they stayed in Scotland. Macbeth has already blamed their current state of poverty on Banquo. Neither did the record identify Malcolm as succeeding Macbeth as King of Scotland. When the nobles go out the princes remain to consult about their flight. Malcolm and Donalbain appear, and find that their father has been murdered, and that Macbeth has killed the grooms that supposedly did the murder. Macduff, Thane of Fife A Scottish nobleman who questions Macbeth's tyrannical rule and refuses to recognize him as king.
Malcolm must have been the elder son. Whereas Macbeth needs no reason to slay Macdonald in battle per se, the two murderers require the justification that Banquo is an evil man. The number three recurs throughout the play, adding to its mysterious and magic atmosphere Finally, one of the most compelling scenes in Macbeth takes place at the banquet haunted by Banquo's ghost. Lady Macbeth, Macbeth's wife What Macbeth lacks in decisiveness, Lady Macbeth makes up for in bloodthirsty lust for power and wealth. Macbeth's description of the murdered king recalls to his wife so terrible a remembrance of the chamber of death into which she had stolen barely an hour before that she is unable to endure it and faints.
Horses are heard approaching and Banquo and Fleance enter. At this point Banquo's ghost appears unobserved and takes Macbeth's seat. The mere recital to a gentle lady of what has happened would be enough to kill her. Ross never again comments on who is responsible for Duncan's murder, but we assume that by the time we get to Act 4 Scene 3, he no longer believes that it was Malcolm. The Lord's anointed temple, the temple of the Lord's anointed, that is, the body of the king. Both brothers found the circumstances of their father's death suspicious. Ross: Ross is a Thane, a nobleman, of Scotland.
By pretending to be what he is not, he hopes to coax from Macduff a confession of his loyalty. Her ambition for Macbeth's future rivals and arguably exceeds that of Macbeth's. But unlike the play, the historical record didn't identify Macbeth as King Duncan's killer. As long as Fleance is alive, the witches' prophecy that Banquo's line will rule can still come true, and Macbeth will never truly be free, always waiting to lose the throne. Malcolm is King Duncan's oldest son and the heir to the throne of Scotland. That's a pretty high price to pay to become king.
This leads Macbeth to become paranoid and violent. The historic Duncan, incidentally, was a young man when he was betrayed by his general Macbeth. Just like the dagger, Banquo's ghost appears to be a realization of Macbeth's guilt. I pray you, remember the porter. Porter Here's a knocking indeed! Hecate: Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft who decides that Macbeth must be punished for his selfishness and greed. The men are not professional assassins, but rather poor men who are willing to work as mercenaries.
The indication of his being the older of the two brothers was his receipt of the title of Prince of Cumberland, as heir apparent to his father. Malcolm: Malcolm is Duncan's oldest son and heir to the Scottish throne. He went to prison for 6 years for breaking and entering charges to feed his drug habit. The promise given to Banquo that his descendants will also be king lingers over Macbeth. Presumably, those friends include his brother, Donalbain. Though he realizes that he is doomed, Macbeth continues to fight until Macduff kills and beheads him. While the murderers wait for Banquo and Fleance to approach, one of them observes that the sun is setting.