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Macbeth: Insanity/ Madness

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Menaka Reddy

on 13 November 2013

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Transcript of Macbeth: Insanity/ Madness

Insanity or Madness
Insanity: the state of being seriously mentally ill
Madness: a state of frenzied or chaotic activity
Throughout the play, Macbeth is slowly coming into madness. We see this spiral start to form after Banquo is killed and his ghost appears at the banquet.
Antisocial personality disorder
Psychopathic traits
Borderline Personality Disorder
Lady MacBeth
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Post traumatic stress disorder
Act 2, Scene 2, Line 16: Lady Macbeth: Did not you speak? MB: When? LMB: Now.

Act 5, Scene 1, Line 35-40: Out, damned spot! out, I say!—One: two: why,
then, 'tis time to do't.—Hell is murky!—Fie, my
lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we
fear who knows it, when none can call our power
to account?—Yet who would have thought the old
man to have had so much blood in him?

In the play, insanity reaches its peak in the beginning of Act 5. Here we are introduced to Lady Macbeth's illness and the repercussions of her and Macbeth's actions.

Act 3, Scene 4, Line 39-42: MB: Here had we now our country's honour roof'd, Were the graced person of our Banquo present, Who may I rather challenge for unkindness Than pity for mischance!
Act 2, Scene 1, Line 66: Macbeth: Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
Act 3, Scene 1, Line 129:
Macbeth: "O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!"
Insanity may be marked by signs of guilt, the language used by the individual, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, affected judgment, sleeplessness, loss of reality, close association with ghosts or evil forces, psychopathic behavior, intense anger, and nervous behaviors.
A psychopath is defined as "a person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, or criminal behavior without empathy or remorse". Some of the symptoms encountered by Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth include guilt, insomnia, close encounters with witches and ghosts, loss of reality, and nervous behaviors.
Act 5, Scene 5, Line 17-18
Macbeth: She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
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