William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth” has two main turning points leading up to the murder of the King.

Macbeth Essay

William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth” has two main turning points leading up to the murder of the King. The first turning point is Macbeth and Banquo meeting the witches and the witch’s prophecy about Macbeth. The second turning point is Macbeth’s decision not to murder the King and Lady Macbeth influencing Macbeth to change his mind again and kill the King.
The first turning point of the play “Macbeth” is Macbeth and Banquo meeting the witches and the witch’s prophecy about their futures. Before the witches told their first prophecy about Macbeth, Macbeth was a good, honest man. He had never had evil thoughts towards his King and he respected his King like all of the Kings subjects. This all changed when Macbeth heard the first prophecy. The prophecy /...All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!

All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!

All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter.../ (I:iii:48-50) indicated honours would be bestowed upon Macbeth including royalty. Upon hearing the prophecy Macbeth began to think hopefully that the prophecy might contain even the slightest sliver of truth. His hopes were reinforced when a messenger informed Macbeth that the King had made Thane of Cawdor. This led to Macbeth having ambition and greed for power. Macbeth might not have done some things that he did further in the play if he had not heard the prophecy.

The second turning, Macbeths decision to not kill the King and Lady Macbeth influencing him to change mind again and kill the King, is the most important of all the turning points. This is due to the fact that before this point Macbeth was innocent of any evil towards the King. The reasons Macbeth was hesitant about killing his King were that to kill a guest staying at ones house was considered the worst crime imaginable. He was also fearful of going to hell for the sins he would be committing and he was also the Kings friend. Another reason was because Duncan was a good King and he had honoured Macbeth with wealth. The reason these held Macbeth back from the evil deed was because Macbeth was still mostly the honourable man he had originally been and had not yet been consumed by evil and greed. The main reason all of these facts do not stop him from killing the King is because of his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is more ambitious and greedy than Macbeth and has a hunger for power that nothing can stop. The reason Lady Macbeth is able to successfully manipulate Macbeth into killing the King is because she uses his male ego. The way she does this is by calling him a coward and weak for not being able to kill the King. Eventually Macbeth gives in to her manipulation and agrees to kill the King.

The play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare has two main turning points leading up to the murder of King Duncan. These are the witch’s first prophecy about Macbeth and Macbeth’s decision to not kill the King and Lady Macbeths manipulation of Macbeth so that he does kill the King. The more significant of the two is without a doubt the second because it is where Macbeth is too weak to say no and commits his first evil crime.