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William Shakespere, 'Macbeth' - How does Act 3 scene 2 become a pivotal scene in the play?

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Introduction

'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare In this play Macbeth changes from a brave war hero to a bloodthirsty villain. Act 3 Scene 2 is a very important pivotal scene in the play, because Macbeth's character changes drastically. I think at the beginning Macbeth seams like a reasonable person, but as soon as the witches predict his future he turns the opposite and starts becoming suspicious of everyone around him. In this scene Macbeth, in our minds is an un-easy King that is just going off the rails, but by the end of the scene we know that the softness he used to have under the surface has all gone and he is now just a brutal murderer. At the beginning of the scene Lady Macbeth and their servant are in the palace, and Banquo, Macbeth's best friend, is the conversation topic. When Lady Macbeth says 'Nought's had, all's spent, Where our desire is got without content' she is saying he's spent everything he has and have everything he wants, but he's still not happy. ...read more.

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Macbeth just can't get this image of killing people out of his head, it's as if he's addicted, 'Let your remembrance apply to Banquo', he can't stop thinking about the man he's about to butcher. Even though Lady Macbeth doesn't know that Banquo is about to die and Macbeth doesn't want her to know, he is still dropping subtle hints. At this point in the play the audience can now see that Macbeth has turned to the "dark" side, encouraged by his wicked wife. Macbeth then reminds us of something we heard much earlier in the play 'look like th'innocent flower but be the serpent under't', disguise who you really are, but this time he says 'faces vizards to our hearts', also in Act 1, Scene 5 Lady Macbeth says it to Macbeth but by now it's as if they have swapped places, and Macbeth is the one saying it to Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is now more powerful than his wife. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to calm down; She is a hypactrite at this point. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth is going to delete Banquo's life when he says 'cancel and tear pieces that great bond'. The last part of the scene uses terrifying words and paints the perfect picture for a gruesome murder. The image of nighttime and crows make the audience quiver. He says that the good things of the day disappear at night using two powerful lines, also are rhyming couplets, At these few last lines of the scene the audience and everyone know that he is now simply and evil human being. Macbeth has no remorse what so ever at this point even after killing a good man. The whole play in itself does teach a simple morality that 'two wrongs don't make a right'. Although it may not seem it, it is a Christian play based on God, Grace, the number 3 and Macbeth as the devil. It is like a Greek tragedy as there once was a good man but he ends up extremely disturbed in terms of bad. Inversion is a huge part of this play, everything is turned upside down in the end, like Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and 'fair is foul and foul is fair'. ...read more.

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