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

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One could argue that the climax arrives slightly later in act 3, scene 4. After Lady Macbeth has sent away all the dinner guests, Macbeth points out the fact that Macduff did not come, despite the fact that Macbeth commanded him to be there. He also says,

I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, 
Returning were as tedious as go o'er.  (3.4.142-144)

At this point, Macbeth figures that he's already gone so far to procure the throne and, more recently, to keep it, that he might as well continue onward. He seems somewhat resigned to a bloody and violent future. He calls the idea of...

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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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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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