Macbeth's Mental State Analysis

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Macbeth’s Mental State In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth the character Macbeth’s mental state drastically changes through the beginning of the play to the end, due to his choices. A soliloquy is used in plays when the actor is alone they speak the thoughts of the character to the audience. During Shakespeare’s plays he uses soliloquies to give a dramatic affect and show the audience what the character is thinking. In Macbeth the character Macbeth gives many soliloquies, which give insight to the way he is thinking and how his questionable choices have affected his mental state. Between Macbeth’s second and last soliloquies he becomes a drastically different person due to his poor choices. Macbeth’s dagger soliloquy shows the start of his…show more content…
To start this soliloquy Seyton tells Macbeth that Lady Macbeth has died. Macbeth’s instant reaction is stating that “She would have died hereafter”, he does not seem emotionally capable of the correct response to hi wife’s death anymore. Macbeth does not mention his wife anymore, which seems odd due to the connection they showed in the beginning of the play. Macbeth talks about how life is meaningless in everyway and “Creeps in this petty pace from day to day”. To end his dreary soliloquy he states that life “is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury/ Signifying nothing”. This is a drastically different Macbeth than the one in the beginning of the play. This Macbeth has lost his manhood and made himself a person who cannot react to emotional situations properly. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changed rolls in the end; she was plagued by the deeds that had been done while he became numb to the whole situation. Since Macbeth had made himself the master of time and his own destiny he skewed everything in the process. Because Macbeth took time into his own hand he made time speed up at an alarming rate which brought brought the early demise upon himself and Lady Macbeth With the murder of Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff’s family weighing on his heart Macbeth decided to shut his emotions down instead of facing the truth of what he had done. Macbeth’s view of life
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