Lady Macbeth Ptsd Analysis

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Lady Macbeth was a fictional character in the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, a tragedy set in the 12 century. She was the wife of a man named Macbeth who became very murderous and blood thirsty while trying to become King of Scotland. In this tragedy, three witches tell Macbeth that he will become king and so he shares this news with Lady Macbeth. At the beginning of this story Lady Macbeth is the more dominant and strong willed person in the relationship, while Macbeth is the coward and fragile one. Lady Macbeth comes up with a plan for her husband to kill the king so he can take the throne. When Macbeth does kill the king he feels remorse where as Lady Macbeth feels nothing about it. As time passes on Lady Macbeth becomes …show more content…

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that develops following exposure to a stressful event or a situation of an exceptionally threatening or catastrophic nature. These symptoms are grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in emotional reaction. Being exposed to such an event can challenge our belief that life is fair and affect our sense of security and safety. One main hallmark of PTSD is that the individual re-experiences symptoms in a vivid or distressing way, and this often occurs nightmares or flashbacks. Also, traumatic child loss is a major trigger in PTSD. In the book, Lady Macbeth suffered a great lost in losing her child and then all of the death that was piling up around her just made her break. She talks about her child in one of the scenes in the book and in words she says how her child is no more. In the book she says, “ Doctor. You see her eyes are open. Gentlewoman. Aye, but their sense are shut.” (V. I. 20-21). This is talking about how Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking and she lets out secrets about everything her husband has done. This is a sign of PTSD, she is reliving all of the horrible experiences and isn’t aware of what she is doing in the process. Doctors believe that PTSD can be treated over time with counseling and therapy. Unfortunately, at the time that was not available and no one knew about what Lady Macbeth was going through to

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