Mental Disorder In Macbeth

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Macbeth is the main character in William Shakespeare’s drama, Macbeth. Macbeth was still in shock from the killing of King Duncan, this was the turning point in his sanity. He experiences from a lifelong illness called paranoid schizophrenia, which is the presence of auditory hallucinations or prominent delusional thoughts about persecution or conspiracy. In the play he shows himself suffering from this disorder when he he has hallucinations becomes convinced of things that aren’t necessarily true, and by his patronizing behavior. Hallucinations can be quite frightening experiences. In Act 2 Scene 1 Macbeth sees a dagger before the death of Duncan. “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling as to sight? Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? I see thee yet, in form as palpable as this which now I draw.” (p.363) The night Duncan was murdered; Macbeth starts to hear voices. “I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep” (p.366) “Sleep no more!” to all the house. “Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor Shall sleep no more.” Macbeth shall sleep no more.” (p.366) While struggling to hid his guilty conscious, In Act 3 scene 4…show more content…
As the readers we know the things they say aren’t definite, at the beginning of Act 1 they say together “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”.(p.342) At first Macbeth was doubtful regarding the three witches’ prophecies. After hearing the prediction of him becoming King with Lady Macbeth being a huge influence on him, he starts to believe it all. “MACBETH. Speak, if you can. What are
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