After the three murderers killed Banquo, they go to recount the news to Macbeth. Showing no reaction to the news of his former comrade’s death, Macbeth only thinks of himself: “Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect” (Shakespeare 99). Macbeth, asking if Fleance is dead, is only tormented after hearing that Fleance escaped and remains a threat to his crown. Macbeth’s quick transition of concern from Banquo to Fleance exhibits his disregard to the people close to him, a distinct behavior often tied to sociopathic people.
For example, as Macbeth continues to get greedy and crazy and kills Siward. As Macbeth and Macduff get ready to battle, Macbeth’s lust for power again gets the better of him. Soon after he then finds out that his own wife, Lady Macbeth commits suicide, after going insane. Seyton states: “The queen, my lord, is dead.” (5.5 17) When Macbeth hears this he doesn’t have much, if not any feeling about it and quickly moves on. Macduff realizes from that moment on that Macbeth has reached his breaking point and that Macbeth’s kingdom can finally be
It is a symbol of guilt, and how when you do things this bad, the guilt can really never leave you. Guilt was indirectly the downfall of Macbeth, and was the downfall of Lady Macbeth. After killing Duncan, Macbeth proceeds to kill the guards, a totally logical move. But he then says that he killed the guards placing himself under the suspicion of many. He tries to save himself but still Macduff and others are suspicious of him.
The first murder of King Duncan only sealed Macbeth’s paranoia and served as a foundation for the murders of Banquo and Macduff’s family. After the first murder, Macbeth feels a colossal amount of guilt and shame. After the murder of Banquo, he feels that it is not enough since Fleance escaped, developing his guilt and shame of harming others into a fear for his own safety; a devastating degradation. However, during the assassination of Macduff’s family, Macbeth gives the command immediately without thought and without a trace of remorse after doing so. This thereby concludes his psychological downfall as he no longer feels guilty, ashamed, or fears
As seen in Anthony Horowitz’s, “The Hitchhiker”, schizophrenia is no joke. The main character, Jacob, is schizophrenic, and his disorder ultimately affects the way he behaves. People with schizophrenia display behaviors that may seem crazy, as well hear things that do not really exist. To begin, patients of schizophrenia may display
Hallucinations begin to take over his true thoughts. Before Macbeth is going to kill King Duncan, he hallucinates and sees a floating dagger, "There's no such thing. It is the bloody business which informs Thus to mine eyes."(2.1.48-50). After Macbeth sees the dagger he believes that it is a sign pointing him in the direction of killing the king. This is the first of many hallucinations that Macbeth has.
Free Will over Fate in Macbeth This theory is obvious in a scene, where Macbeth is consciously deciding to kill king Duncan. In Act 1, Scene 3 he states: - “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function, is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is, but what is not” (Macbeth 1.3.138-141). We observe his conscious unstable thought processes about contemplating and planning the murder of Duncan emerging shortly after hearing the prophecy, and before Lady Macbeth could hear the message and influence his decision. There also appears no evidence in the text, that the witches would force Macbeth or foretell him how to reach his destiny and become a king by murder, therefore we start to perceive Macbeth’s
Macbeth, once a loyal sergeant in Duncan’s army, has killed the king in order to possess the throne of Scotland. This act of such extreme measures begins Macbeth’s descent into madness and insomnia. Immediately after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth says, “Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep.” (Macbeth, Act II Scene II) Voices within his mind is the first symptom of schizophrenia that Macbeth presents in the play. However, the evidence of schizophrenia within the mind of Lord Macbeth does not end after the murder of Duncan, in fact it gets seemingly worse.
/ Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell / That summons thee to heaven, or to hell” (II, i, 69-71). Macbeth does not consider the consequences his actions will have. Scotland has attained peace recently after the end of the Civil War, and Macbeth threatens this peace by killing the Duncan, who is a virtuous and loyal leader. His murder of Duncan takes Scotland into a dark period. His unchecked ambition triggers a series of murders.
On the same note, Macbeth also made the biggest mistake by committing the most horrid crime of all; he had Macduff’s family slaughtered. This crime was so horrendous because unlike Macbeth’s prior murders, this one had no other purpose but to quench Macbeth’s hatred of his rival Macduff. His hunger for power allows his mental deterioration to become visible and he begins to believe that the only way to maintain his reign is through the execution of innocent lives. “And take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live” (Act IV, Scene I, 65). The “worthy” Macbeth has abandoned his moral sense and what is worse is that others have suffered because of his inner conflicts.
Macbeth is hearing voices inside his head saying, “Macbeth does murder sleep”. He cannot actually kill sleep. In this personification, sleep is given a human-like quality. Because of his guiltiness, Macbeth is paranoid and the lunacy is invading his mind in every aspect. When Macbeth orders Macduff’s family to be killed, he declares, “From this moment / The very firstlings of my heart shall be / The firstlings of my hand” (4.1.166-168).
The next major thing Macbeth does is hire those same three murderers to kill Macduff, because the witches said that Macduff is someone Macbeth should be afraid of. So when the Murderers go to kill Macduff they find him not at his house and then decide to kill his wife and kids. This is where the story goes bad for Macbeth and it is his end. The story is ending with Macduff leading an army to defeat Macbeth, but every soldier that reaches Macbeth gets killed by him Because Macbeth is the best fighter around. But when Macduff gets there Macbeth starts to slips up.
Macbeth’s lust for power has overtaken him, that is why he hired assassins to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Out of spite of Fleance for being heir to the throne, but it backfires on him and Fleance escapes. Macbeth then became unstable after killing his best friend; seeing the deceased ghost and speaking of things that did not make any sense. Macbeth is deranged, losing himself because of the murders he had partaken in. ”Things without all remedy should be without regard: what 's done is done.” Anyone can see that he is behind the murders and blaming it on Lady Macbeth is not the right decision.
The first apparition warns Macbeth to be aware of Macduff. However, Macbeth replies with “Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of thee? (4.1.89)” Even though Macbeth knows that Macduff will dangerous as he knows about the murder, Macbeth’s overconfidence makes him overlook Macduff as a threat. Macbeth has free will to kill Macduff even though Macduff is in England but his overconfidence, which is shown by his ignorance of Macduff. However, his fear of Macduff’s knowledge pushes him to kill Macduff’s whole family, which only increases Macduff’s hatred for Macbeth, which leads to his downfall.
Frantic, he orders a group of murderers to kill Macduff’s family. Consequently, when the time comes for Macbeth to encounter Macduff on the battlefield, he exhibits a moment of hesitation before proceeding to the duel. Feeling remorse for having Macduff’s entire family violently killed, Macbeth admits that he has a guilty conscience that he does not want to kill Macduff as well. “Of all men else I have avoided thee: / But get thee back; my soul is too much charged / With blood of thine already,” (Shakespeare 5. VIII.