Examples Of Mental Deterioration In Macbeth

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In today’s society, sometimes one's ambition and focus on work, can come in the way of what is really important in their life, as shown in William Shakespeare's, Macbeth. In the play Macbeth, it is evident that throughout the novel, Macbeth becomes a character consumed by mental deterioration. Macbeth suffers severe mental deterioration over the course of the play because he focuses all of his energy on his pursuit for power, that he loses sight of what should truly matter to him. This can be proven through his betrayal of friendships, his uncaring attitude towards his reputation, and his neglection in his marriage. Firstly, Macbeth’s mental deterioration, due to his lust for power presents itself, when he decides to betray his best friend Banquo. …show more content…

3.183). Malcolm's words are significant, as they show the drastic change in the reputation that Macbeth had, from the one he now has. This can be further backed up by how Malcolm describes how even the brightest can fall; inferring how Macbeth, who was once seen as one of the most honorable men, can still become the victim of darkness. After the unrepairable damage that Macbeth’s reputation endures, there is only one more thing that Macbeth can really lose, his beloved wife. Lastly, Macbeth’s mental deterioration is demonstrated through his neglect in his marriage. Throughout the play, the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is loving, and honest. Macbeth tells his wife all of his plans, and even listens to her input before making a decision. This can be demonstrated, from the letter that Macbeth sends Lady Macbeth. After the battle between Scotland and Ireland, Macbeth sends a letter to his wife, explaining his victory, along with his future goals. In this letter Macbeth writes "This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee" (

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