Shakespeare Art in the Play Macbeth

Shakespeare Art in the Play Macbeth






The image of the ghost of Banquo portrays more information about the play thematic sense. Ideally, when I look at the picture, the first thing I can say is the imaginations in the mind of Macbeth and the guilt of killing King Duncan and Prince Banquo. The regular appearance of the image of the ghost shows the pain that the person has in carrying out the vengeance. Macbeth looks tensed and uneasy on the emergence of the ghost in the image due to the nature of the physical posture that he takes while the other congregation at the Royalty party assumes the normal appearance indicating the innocence about any of the incidence taking place. The artistic choice of the shadow represents the clarity of the message perhaps to Macbeth who understands what is going on and that is why he is the only one who sees the shadow by showing some bad mood in the presence of the ghost. The uncertainty of the image comes in making the shadow to be visible to one person and not the rest of the people. The title of the painting is Macbeth seeing the ghost of Banquo and was painted by Theodore Chasseriau (Proser, 2015).

The play by Shakespeare has employed the applications of many imagery works that makes the play even more interesting and easy to understand. One of the constant images in the play is the ghost of Banquo which enters the scene and sits on the throne where King Macbeth is supposed to sit (89-92).  The image resembles the unfading memory in the mind of King Macbeth after the murder of Prince Banquo to conceal and secure the throne for any family of King Duncan. When observing the image, I see vengeance that is yet to come to the throne. In the vision of the ghost of Banquo, Macbeth sees different forms ‘’ a rugged Russian bear and some other time like the Hyrcan tiger ‘’ (112-114), perhaps to show the attitude of the ghost and the intention or rather the message to be passed to Macbeth. Every time the ghost appears to Macbeth he looks confused and perhaps seems to talk to himself (Proser, 2015). The character poses the vengeance attitude for the sake of the throne and innocence of Lady Macbeth on the killing of the Prince Banquo. The shadow of the ghost is used perhaps to relay a change in the mood, since each time the shadow of the ghost disappears, Macbeth reliefs is accorded in his voice with a softer expression which codes some elements of an uncertainty of the image.

The painting of the ghost of Banquo portrays the vengeance in the play and also the indocility of the people in the appearance at the emergence of the ghost. The people lack the information about what is happening to their king Macbeth, and the information is apparently hidden to them, and there is nothing they can do to understand the situations. The painting, however, portrays fanciful moments due to the image in the Macbeth’s minds and thus a representation of Fantasy. The painter has added something that we could have seen in reading the play by giving us the right picture of how the ghost was appearing to Macbeth (Proser, 2015).


Proser, M. N. (2015). Heroic Image in Five Shakespearean Tragedies. Princeton University Press.