In the third act of The Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth arranges for Banquo to be killed. In the following scene after he is killed, Macbeth begins to see the ghost of Banquo. In some versions of the play, Banquo’s ghost appears on stage, portrayed by an actor that the audience can see, and in other versions the audience cannot see the ghost. Having an actor on stage to play the character of Banquo’s ghost is a more effective way to develop theme and characters in The Tragedy of Macbeth. Including an actor in the play to play the role of Banquo’s ghost would help the audience connect to Macbeth’s mental state. Once Macbeth is informed Fleance has escaped, he states, “But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in/ To saucy doubts and fears.—But Banquo’s safe?”(3.4.22-26). Macbeth fears Banquo, and Fleance escaping makes Macbeth paranoid and he questions if Banquo is truly dead. The murderers then reassure Macbeth that they had successfully murdered Banquo. Macbeth is so paranoid about Banquo’s death that he sees the Ghost of Banquo, but no one else can see it. This is proven by Macbeth saying,
Macbeth: The table is full.
Lennox: Here is a place reserved, sir.
Lennox: Here, my good lord. What is’t that moves your highness?
Macbeth: Which of you have done this?
Lords: What, my good lord?
Macbeth: (to Ghost) Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake/ Thy gory locks at me.
Ross: Gentlemen rise, his highness is not well (3.4.46-52).…