Bryanna E. McCool Mrs. Dean British Literature 25 January 2018 Mental Illness in Shakespeare’s Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, a play wrought with prophecies, deception, guilt, and death, brings light to the symptoms of mental illnesses and their effects on the human brain’s ability to reason, trust, and act in times of pressure. Both Macbeth and his lady are plagued by mental illness, and the effects of their illness only grow as the play evolves. Macbeth’s symptoms of schizophrenia and anxiety, as well as Lady Macbeth’s anxiety as well as hallucinations that eventually push her to suicide prove that not only can mental illness alter the way a person sees a situation, but it can also drive them to harm others and themselves. Macbeth’s guilt and battle with mental illness begins early within the play: right after the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth, once a loyal sergeant in Duncan’s army, has killed the king in order to possess the throne of Scotland.
In Acts II and III of Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both start to become psychotic, making it appear as if they are both mentally estranged. However, Macbeth starts to show clear signs of schizophrenia, which can be defined as “a disorder that affects a person's ability to think, feel, and behave clearly,” in acts II and III. However, one could think this is normal for Macbeth, who starts to murder his colleagues and friends in order to become the thane of Cawdor. Nevertheless, Macbeth appears to be the more psychotic character in acts II and III. For starters, in what appears to clearly show Macbeth’s mental illness, Macbeth starts to visualize objects that are not there, or hallucinate.
On of the main characters, Lennie, is retarded and often gets him and George into trouble. In the story, the author gives many clues that allude to the fact that Lennie has a mental illness. Throughout the story, he says and does things that shows the reader of this. The ways Lennie is shown as retarded is through his childish manner, his memory loss, his incapability to control his strength, and his cowardness. The first example of how the author shows he is retarded without directly saying it is through his childish manner.
Each has endless possible ways of linking it back to Hamlet in some way, shape or form. While he did claim to be putting on act and only pretending to be psychotic, part of me strongly believes that someone of 100% mental stability would not be able to pull off a psychotic act without a little mental illness helping lead the charge. I feel it is only fair to diagnose Hamlet with Bipolar Disorder. Online health blog, WebMD, defines Bipolar Disorder as a mental illness that brings severe high and
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