In The Story Of Macbeth Which Character Provides Comic Relief?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The porter
robert williams Profile
robert williams answered

 This has to be the Porter, in Act 2 scene3, "Here's a knocking indeed! If a man where porter of hell-gate he should have old turning the key!"

 The Porter behaves a little like Chorus, in other Shakespeare plays
being an interested spectator, but here, he is only in this very short scene, and reflects on the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, where Father Henry Garnett, "equivocated", under examination, not quite remembering who he was speaking to at the time, forgetting where they said they were going etc, etc.

 As 'they' were the plotters, and as he was their confessor, the authorities took the view that Garnett knew exactly what was happening, and when, and where, so, he too, was hanged, drawn and quartered! 

 The Porter refers to three, seemingly different people, in the scene, however, they are all the same man, Garnett.

 The Porter is awakened by MacDuff, and leaves the play when Macbeth is summoned.

 Again, like Hamlet's Ghost, this is a small, yet  powerful, part.

Rebecca Bond Profile
Rebecca Bond answered

The gatekeeper........

Shalin Choksi Profile
Shalin Choksi answered
There are very few instances in the very popular play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare. The door keeper in the play whose name has not been mentioned has provided a lot of comic relief in the tragedy play. He was often passed funny comments which have made the play a little less full of tragedy. Other comic scene in the play is when the drunken porter comes in the picture and gives a laugh to the audience after they have viewed the murder of Duncan during the play. These are some of the few funny incidents you will find in the play though keeping in mind that the play is tragic.

William Shakespeare often uses comic relief in all of his plays so that the audience can enjoy his plays a bit more than they usually do.

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