Role Of Mental Illness In Macbeth

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"Explore how disturbed mental states are presented in the texts you have studied" Shakespeare presents many disturbed qualities in the play Macbeth. Most of these qualities are in the characteristics of Lady Macbeth and the main character Macbeth himself. William Shakespeare also uses them in the three witches. One of the main disturbed qualities Shakespeare uses is obsessiveness - for example Macbeth is very obsessed about killing Duncan and is feeling guilty. We know this because in act 2 scene 2 line 63 Macbeth says 'Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood' which means he's being very paranoid about the blood on his hands and he's being obsessed about getting them "clean"-he wants to be free of the guilt. Traditionally, a tragic…show more content…
Macbeth's flaw is clearly his ambition because he says so himself almost immediately after hearing the witches' prophecy. As he is travelling down the path of his downfall, his disturbances are clearer because his ambition gets in the way. The act that Macbeth committed was called regicide in Shakespearean times and was seen as an act against God natural order. Shakespeare revolves the play around regicide because the king at that time James I was a victim of this and he also was very interested in witchcraft which is why Shakespeare used the three witches in this play. Some might say that Macbeth is certainly a play 'fit for a king'. The other kind of disturbance in the play is the witches, these supernatural phenomena, called the 'weird sisters' are related to the three Fates in classical mythology. They could tell prophecies which are seen as strange and which show that they have…show more content…
A soliloquy is the window to the mind and soul of a character. Lady Macbeth is alone on the stage talking to herself and she expresses her deepest psychological yearnings to the audience. Lady Macbeth's soliloquy is important for the following reasons: Macbeth's letter to his wife reveals a lot about his character especially his love and trust in his wife: “my dearest partner of greatness." It is because he loves and trusts her that he confides to her what the witches have predicted. It reveals Lady Macbeth's diabolical nature: instead of advising him against believing the witches' prediction that he would become king she decides to incite him to murder Duncan. She knows fully well that her husband could become king of Scotland only by murdering Duncan. It reveals that Macbeth is "too full o' the milk of human kindness" and how she plans to "chastise him with the valour of her tongue" to fulfil their ambitions, this quote also shows some disturbance in Lady Macbeth because it sounds quite manly and unfeminine. This clearly indicates that Lady Macbeth is the dominant partner in their marriage and that although Macbeth is a brave and courageous military commander he can be easily manipulated by his wife. This has led many critics to conjecture whether Lady Macbeth herself is a witch in human form. We meet Lady Macbeth after Macbeth himself which might

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