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The turning Point, Macbeth - Why might Act 3,4 of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" be regarded as the turning point in Macbeths fortunes?

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The turning Point, Macbeth Why might Act 3,4 of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" be regarded as the turning point in Macbeths fortunes? My opinion about the play "Macbeth" written by Shakespeare. Is that Act 3,4 represents the turning point in Macbeths fortunes. At this point in the play Macbeth betrays himself and starts to lose respect and status. Throughout the play so far, Macbeth has had a number of character changes. In the first scene we can see Macbeth being portrayed as a honourable and valiant leader. All of his men respect him. Although at this point Macbeth seems a very decent man, he has one major flaw in his character. His "vaulting ambition". The witches that Banquo and Macbeth had encountered at the start of the play had predicted that Macbeth would become king and that Banquos children would become kings. Macbeth knew that his prediction had come true, but he was not willing to wait and let Banquo or his son become king. ...read more.

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He then asks them who did it? By "it" he obviously meant, he believed that the figure in his chair was prank or something placed there by one of the thanes. Who are not aware of Macbeth's vision This is the first mistake he makes as know the guests know that he is uneasy about something. From the guest's point of view Macbeth is at this point talking and staring at an empty seat. Then he makes it worse for himself by shouting, "Thou canst not say I did it; never shake thy gory locks at me." This outburst infers that he is talking to someone who is covered in blood and accusing him of something. The thanes must be thinking that there is something slightly strange happening, especially as Banquo is absent. Lady Macbeth realises whats happening and rushes to his side. Here for the first time Macbeth cannot pull himself out of his panic. She turns to speak to the guests, "Sit, worthy friends. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth realises that Macbeth is not going to come out of his fit and she tries again to make excuses for his behaviour. At this point Lady Macbeth realises that she is not going to be able to bring Macbeth out of his hallucination. She gets up and asks all of the guests to leave. As soon as the guests had left the house Macbeth considers his position and decides to put his trust in the witches. Lady Macbeth gives him her hand and said that they should just sleep. This symbolises that not even his wife can help him now. Since the banquet has started we have seen many changes in Macbeth. At the start of the scene we can see him as confident and proud. Then as we look at him now, the end of the scene, we can see he has totally broken down. This represents that there is no way for Macbeth to return to his original character. His guests will now all be suspicious. The turning point in his life has definitely occurred in this scene. He can only go down hill from now! 1 Patrick McMullan ...read more.

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