Macbeth Essay

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Macbeth Essay In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth undergoes many psychological tribulations. There is no doubt that he is insane, but the specifics of his conditions help explain the peculiarities of the play. Macbeth’s character was perhaps the culmination of all the psychological disorders known at Shakespeare’s day. He experienced disorders such as split personality, schizophrenia, and post traumatic stress. These disorders could be caused by stress on the battlefield and a poor spousal relationship. After Macbeth is diagnosed with said conditions the existence of Banquo, the witches, the murderers, and Fleance are called into question. A thorough analysis of the beginning of the play shows that Banquo is never mentioned without…show more content…
DID only explains half of the non real characters, Schizophrenia explains the other half. To explain the nonexistence of the witches and murderers Macbeth must have schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is evident in many parts of the play, in fact Macbeth even hears a disembodied voice “Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more! / Macbeth does murder sleep” (2.2.47-8). Schizophrenics have similar experiences to this “a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. It most commonly manifests as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking with significant social or occupational dysfunction” (Schizophrenia). This allows reality to be questioned in the play, the witches are not real neither are the murderers. They are all delusions made by the insane Macbeth. There is evidence to why Macbeth is insane in the play too.
Macbeth’s sanity is in question throughout the play, and there are reasons given for his insanity. First of all Macbeth is a warrior, he has been in many battles and experienced the trials and tribulations of war. Many people who have gone to war have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults,

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