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In Shakespeare's Macbeth, why is Act 2 Scene2 a turning point? Focus on how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are portrayed in this scene.

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In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act II, scene ii, the turning point arises with regard to the change of positions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

At the start of the play, Macbeth is a great and celebrated warrior. He is strong and self-assured. His wife is a schemer who wants to be queen, nagging her husband to take what he wants, regardless of what he must do to get it. However, after Macbeth murders Duncan, his King, his friend, and his cousin, he is undone. He comes back to their rooms carrying the incriminating daggers. He has heard the king's servants awake and say their prayers, but when they said, "Amen," Macbeth was unable to utter the word. He says:

But wherefore could not I pronounce 'Amen'? / I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen' / Stuck in my throat.

After murdering Duncan, he felt his soul in need of God's...

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