Lady Macbeth Suicide Analysis

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Topic: Glorification of Suicide in Character of Jocasta and Lady Macbeth. Abstract Suicide is a long term solution to a short term problem. Throughout, the history has evoked an astonishingly wide range of reaction- moral condemnation and bafflement. However, there is a room for positive emotions too, that are heroic glorification and sympathy. In the case of Jocasta and Lady Macbeth, burden of guilt and shame of their wrongful acts of murder and incest respectively, psychologically dismantles them, in this situation can their suicidal attempt is an act of mercy not murder. Suicide is not equitable with wrongful self-killing, in the way murder is equated with wrongful killing of another. Moreover, both of them are puppets in hands of fate. The more they avoid destiny, the more they suffer. So is the case with suicide, that is predestined and they cannot be blamed for this. Keywords: suicide, Lady Macbeth, Jocasta, murder, mercy Introduction: Suicide, which normally…show more content…
However, here with a little leniency, he recognized four exceptions to this suicide which include: when one’s mind is morally corrupted and one’s character can therefore not be salvaged, when self-killing is compelled by extreme & unavoidable personal misfortune or when suicide results from shame on having participated in grossly unjust actions. Bernard J. Paris in “Bargains with fate: psychological crises and conflicts in Shakespeare and his plays” (1991) is of view that characters in Shakespeare’s play i.e. Lady Macbeth is different from our world, but still we are able to identify her situation, that is so true to the essentials of human psychology. The talks about the major tragedies as dramas about the individuals with conflicts much like our own, who are in state of psychological crisis as a result of breakdown of their bargain with
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