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Macbeth in the Eyes of Psychologists

The Psychological view of Macbeth
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Desia Jones

on 22 April 2013

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Transcript of Macbeth in the Eyes of Psychologists

dfgdfg sdfarfadfg Macbeth The sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or of the mental states and processes involved in a field of activity The Psychological Approach In other words, this approach is used to get into peoples heads and infer what they're thinking. The forces motivating the characters are the forces of ambition, free will, and fate. Macbeth Duncan Macbeth started out too innocent to hurt anyone, but he wanted to get his way. Eventually he started to get the hang of being ambitious and he killed anyone who got in his way of becoming and staying king. It wasn't originally Duncan's fate to be killed by Macbeth, but it was Macbeth's fate to become king. His impatience changed Duncan's fate for the worst. The role psychological disorders and dreams play in this story is a very important one. Without these problems, the story would be uninteresting. It makes the reader think about what would happen next, or why someone would think that, or what they, themselves, would do. Lady Macbeth experiences sleepwalking when guilt of assisting Macbeth in killing the King takes over her dreams. She thinks she's cleaning a spot of blood, off her hands, that won't come off. Macbeth experiences skitzophrenia (seeing ghosts) for the first time, despite what Lady Macbeth told the viewing crowd. His guilt and paranoia take over him, after killing Banquo. The characters' emotions and behaviors reveal that most of them were unstable for the swift changes of the play. The reader's own psychology affects his response to the work because the reader has to be able to understand the situtuations the characters are put in, in order to get in their heads. Asking yourself, "what would I do?" would help a lot. The work reflect's the writer's personal psychology because it shows that the writer has a full and complete understanding about the way people think. An unconscious action of Lady Macbeth was when she was sleep walking and speaking of how she participated in the assasination of King Duncan. A conscious behavior would be when Macbeth decided to kill everyone and anyone who got in his way of becoming king. Also killing the king in the first place. He knew that the prophecy would then be fullfilled. Thus making it a conscious move. The main characters, like Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Duncan, and Banquo, are easily characterized by their psychological disorders. Simply ambition, free will, paranoia, skitzophrenia, and a guilty conscience are the main displays of a psychological disorder. A look at the great works of shakespeare through a psychological lense Macbeth, written by William shakespeare, divulges the many psychological problems of characters, which may be acknowledged through Macbeth's apparitions, his ambition, and paranoia.
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