How Does Shakespeare Present the Psychological Deterioration of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

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How does Shakespeare present the psychological deterioration of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? When considering the idea of disturbed minds we are quickly drawn to an image of mental illness, brutality or social disorder but this is not always the case. There are many reasons as to why an individual might have a disturbed mind: stress, traumatic experiences, childhood problems or illness. Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” is about a loyal warrior a “lion” and his wife being destroyed by their minds, which cannot lay at rest after killing the king, which in 1603 would be a crime against mankind, nature and God. This is because in 1603 there was a distinct hierarchy of power which was as follows. King, Man, Woman and then beast. By killing the king…show more content…
Macbeth shall sleep no more.” Act 2, scene 2 line 41-43. Shows the disturbed Macbeth ruined by his insomnia and intense paranoia. This clearly shows the audience that Macbeth is being punished by God and nature for what he did to the king and natural hierarchy which could either scare them because this shows the power of God or make them feel sympathetic towards Macbeth because they may think that it was too harsh on him. Shakespeare’s characters are predisposed to problems within such as “so foul and fair a day I have not seen” Act 1, scene 3 line 38 this is showing the influence on Macbeth the witches make even before they meet him. “A sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion” this tells us that Macbeth is born to rule to be at the top of the hierarchy and that he won’t let anything stop him making the audience wonder if he would commit crimes to get what he feels is rightfully his. Act 2, scene 2, line 35-36 “Sleep no more! /Macbeth doth murder sleep” is showing the lack of inner peace in Macbeth as only the “innocent” can sleep as it is nature giving you and your mind time to rest and recuperate from any stress or other damaging thoughts or actions. This is nature punishing Macbeth for disturbing its order. “A dagger of the mind, a false creation /proceeding from the heat oppressed brain?” Act 2, scene 1, line 38-39 shows Macbeth not being able to control what he is thinking about making

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