Theme Of Mental Illness In Macbeth

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Mental Diseases of Macbeth Analyzing a fictional character as a psychiatrist from a separate time period shows how and depicts why a character may act and do certain things. In this case, Macbeth, from the tragic novel, is the patient who is to be analyzed, and finding out what mental diseases he sustains is the goal. Throughout the story of Macbeth, certain moments hint at or give an obvious clue as to what mental issues Macbeth undergoes. Due to the events in which have occurred in Macbeth’s life, he has retained many mental illnesses that are disrupting to common life: having committed homicide, this causes him to have Paranoia, worrying about others out to get him, the murder in which he committed also triggered loss of sleep, better known as Insomnia, and hallucinations which he experiences before his murder and the sounds that he “hears” remain due to his future murder, and are known symptoms of Schizophrenia.…show more content…
Darity, is a common term used to describe people who are preoccupied with the idea that others are “out to get them” or “talking about them.” Throughout Macbeth’s tale, according to Act 3, Scene 4, the ghost of Banquo, a man who Macbeth sent murderers to kill, sits down in his place at a meal. This shows that Macbeth has become guilt ridden and is worried now that Banquo’s son, Fleance, whom escaped the treacherous murder, will still take the throne at a later age despite Macbeth being the current King of Scotland. This is also more specifically recognized as “paranoid Schizophrenia” (Paranoid). Macbeth undergoes paranoid Schizophrenia, the most severe type of Paranoia, according to the article, Paranoia. This causes such extreme beliefs to make one think that another can read the others thoughts or remove them, but in this case, allows Macbeth to see a ghost, which is not actually there while maintaining a consistent fear of the others knowing that he has now murdered

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