give the denouement of the macbeth play?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I read Macbeth in high school, and though I remember the plot vividly, I wasn't really positive what the climax of the play was. So I went out on the web and looked for opinions.

    The first site I looked at claimed that the climax (point of no return) was the murder of Duncan. Another site claimed that the climax occurs when Macbeth realizes that he is doomed and cannot win. A third site claims that the climax occurs when Macbeth is slain.

    This kind of stuff is the reason I decided to go into math and science. :)

    From what I remember of the play, it is really the murder of Duncan that dooms Macbeth, more than anything else, so I'm going to vote for that. Following that line of reasoning, the "falling action" would be Macbeth becoming King and preparing for war with Macduff. (This seems odd, because the dramatic tension is increasing up to the point that Macbeth is killed, which would seem to argue that Macbeth's death is the climax.... I leave it up to you to decide.)

    In any case, the denouement is the "part that wraps things up", so I'd say that AT LEAST Act V Scene XI, the crowning of Malcolm, is part of it.

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