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

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gmuss25 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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The climax of the play takes place in Act Three, Scene 3, when Macbeth's assassins successfully kill Banquo but are not able to murder his son, Fleance. Up to this point in the play, everything has gone the way Macbeth has planned. However, when Fleance avoids being murdered by fleeing from the assassins, Macbeth's mental stability and fortune begin to take a turn for the worse. In the next scene, the assassins tell Macbeth that Banquo is dead, but his son was able to escape. Macbeth then comments that his fears have returned and he feels uncertain about his future. Macbeth then attends a feast where he sees Banquo's ghost. Macbeth's hallucinations are a result of his guilty conscience and declining mental stability. Fleance's escape is essentially the beginning of Macbeth's downfall. From this point in the play, Macbeth's life spirals out of control, and he begins to lose his grip on reality. 

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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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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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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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