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What is the climax of the story in Act III and what is the turning point?

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kirstintaylor | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 21, 2007 at 2:04 AM via web

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What is the climax of the story in Act III and what is the turning point?

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 12, 2007 at 12:45 PM (Answer #2)

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In the sense of the true Elizabethan 5 Act play format, the point of conflict in act III is the point when the central character has a significant shift in power. Since Macbeth is our central character, we are looking for the point in act III that his power stops growings. This single point is most likely the killing of Banquo while Fleance escapes. It is after this point that Macbeth becomes paranoid enough to begin seeing ghosts. Although he had doubted his actions immediately after killing Duncan in act II, he still believed in the witches' prophecies until he realized that Banquo's prophecies would probably also come true.

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bwang96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM (Answer #4)

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juliet81893 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 2, 2007 at 9:40 AM (Answer #1)

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At the end of act 3 scene 4, macbeth's guilt is brought upon him by banquo's ghost. He states, " ...I am in blood stepped in so far that, should i wade no more,returning were as tedious as go over." Meaning, he is to deep into his deeds to return.

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yoy | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2008 at 8:00 PM (Answer #3)

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according to the definition of the climax that climax is aturning point at which the conflict begins to resolve itselfe for better or worse, the climax in Macbeth is Macbeth's murder of Duncan in act 2, represents the point of no return, after which Macbeth is forced to continue but chering to avoid the consequences of his crime. So he hired murderer to kill Banquo and his son to keep his sons the succeded kings of Scotland

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