Act 2 Scene 2 as a Turning Point in the Play for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
On the way home from a courageous battle the play begins with Macbeth
and Banquo's noble and victorious return. During their journey they
are greeted by 3 witches whom prophesize Macbeth's rise to power as
Macbeth is very curious about these strange beings and their message
and starts to wonder if it really is quite possible to find himself in
such a kingly position. He soon shrugs off the idea however as he
realizes there is nothing that he could do as Duncan - the king
already and dear friend to Macbeth - is still in his position and will
most likely stay there for the next couple of decades. Macbeth also
realizes that any attempt to thwart Duncan's reign would be highly
dishonorable and ruin his noble and dignified reputation and respect.
I would imagine that King James and the Shakespearian people of that
age in time would have greatly recognized this act of loyalty and
appreciate Macbeth's worries that any action he could take would
object with the Divine Right of Kings - a view that treason is
sacrilegious and a sin against God - and therefore damn him to hell.
Macbeth shrugs off any such nonsense and decides to leave such matters
to when he can discuss them with his wife Lady Macbeth. I think this
already shows a great deal of trust and confidence in their
relationship in that Macbeth would share this kind of information with
Lady Macbeth and confide in her to help him decide an answer and
He however cannot wait to talk to Lady Macbeth face to face and
therefore decides to write a letter to her explaining his ordeal with
the witches and their prophecy. As soon as she receives and reads this
letter and its contents she is delighted to hear the news and quickly
begins scheming and thinking of a plan.
She does however realize that she must wait for Macbeth to return home
before she can speak with him about her ideas; not as to make an
easier means of deceiving him, but as to make her thoughts less
ruthless, than they really are, in her own words. I think this shows
that Lady Macbeth believes in her relationship with Macbeth so
strongly that she is certain she can sway him easily.
On Macbeth's return Lady Macbeth manages to persuade Macbeth to murder
Duncan by calling him a coward if he were not too able to do this
deed. He sharply replies that he is no coward and is as good a man as
any for the job.
We can begin to see Macbeth's character weakening as he is pressured
into doing such awful deeds. He does still realize however that once
he does this great act of murder there is no going back, and he will
be only a worse person for it, apart from the obvious fact that he
will be in power.
As the play continues the two soon to be criminals decide to murder