Theme Of Madness In Macbeth

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Macbeth, a play about misfortune or should one say a misfortunate soul? In the First Act of Macbeth, we hear of this heroic character known as Macbeth...who later turns out to not be as heroic as we thought. This play has various hidden meanings, but most importantly it has one authentic theme: the nature of power. Macbeth bears the responsibility for the death of Duncan, his king, his kinsman, and his guest; however, he only gets away with all these murders with the help of Lady Macbeth. Nevertheless, he is accountable for most of the murders. In Act II, Shakespeare demonstrates illusions that prove that Macbeth is evil and insane, or driven to insanity by power. The one event that suggests whether Macbeth is completely guilty and or insane is the strong manipulative
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An illusion is something that we see but it appears to be wrongly perceived. Throughout the play, we encounter various situations that ponder the issue of illusion versus reality. Before Macbeth murders Duncan, he presents a soliloquy where he imagines a dagger in front of him. That dagger is symbolic because it represents evil and foreshadows Duncan 's demise. This begs the question- is the dagger really there or is it just in the eyes of the beholder? The dagger is an illusion and to Macbeth represents his true evil intent that only he can see. In relation to Lucifer, the dagger Macbeth is an illusion of Lucifer disobeying God in attempt to achieve a higher power. Symbolically, it represents how Macbeth’s devil in disguise was just an illusion until the witches prophesized his fate and now he has the motivation to unleash his inner self. Additionally, his obsession and greed for power allows him to see a dagger which ultimately leads him to kill Duncan. During this period of time, if anything “unnatural” was happening to the environment or animals it was said to be foreshadowing of an unnatural human activity or in some extreme cases, murder. For

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