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Mental Illness in Lady Macbeth
Transcript of Mental Illness in Lady Macbeth
The Way Out
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the most dominant of these mental illnesses. The Bipolar Depression and OCD traits and symptoms that are slowly built into her character are caused by the delayed stress she experiences after Macbeth murders Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff's family.
By Jacob and Darius
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Reliving Traumatic Moments
She is terrified of the deaths and the numbers of them committed by Macbeth
( V,i, 43-45:65)
Trying to scrub blood off of hands in a trans-conscious state of activity
She is also experiencing delayed guilt from the murder of Duncan, whom she first pushed Macbeth to kill
Lady Macbeth: "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 pow'r to accompt? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?" (V, i, 36-41)
Feelings of Guilt
Trouble sleeping at night
( V, i, 4-7)
She committed suicide
(V, v, 8) & ( V, v, 15-6)
Macbeth believed that she was just diseased, not suicidal
( V,iii, 40-5)
Macbeth was somewhat surprised by her suicide
( V, v, 16-8)
"Seyton: The queen, my lord, is dead.
Macbeth: She should have died hereafter; there would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time; and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing." (V, v, 16-28)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Washing and cleaning hands
Fear of contamination
Aggressive/Horrific Impulses or Images
She slept walk while rubbing her hands together
She had intense stress due to horrific images of Duncan's dead body and the thought of Banquo's ghost
She is reassuring both Macbeth and herself the dead cannot come back
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. ( V, i, 26-9)
Wash your hands. Put on your nightgown. Look not so pale.—I tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out on ’s grave. ( V, i, 42-4)
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