preview

Madness In Macbeth

Decent Essays
Macbeth, a play written by William Shakespeare in 1606. In Act II, Scene I Macbeth's madness is starting to be brought upon us with “Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee”(32-34). This scene is the start of Macbeth’s madness as well as his eventual demise. Ever since the three witches strengthened the idea of Macbeth becoming king. He has succumbed into his deep and dark desires. It is like a disease to Macbeth, the more that time passes the worse his psyche becomes and the closer he gets to complete madness. Macbeth does not seem like a strong man mentally. Behind the great man that everyone seems to know. Behind the facade of the new Thane of Cawdor is a troubled man, who is desperate…show more content…
As this Dagger was calling out to Macbeth, he went to clutch it in his hand, but he cannot. The dagger is a part of his crumbling mind and spirit. “And such an instrument I was to use. Mine eyes are made the fools o’ the other senses, Or else worth all the rest. I see thee still”(II,i,43-45). My analysis of this quote is that, I believe that this scene and this materialization of the dagger, helps solidify the idea of killing Duncan. For Macbeth cannot escape the thought of becoming King and killing Duncan. His desires are strong and now embedded into his entire being. He now knows that there is no escaping this darkness that is now constantly following him around. Even with the constant reminders of his yearning to become King and kill Duncan, I don't think he would have done it without the reassurance and the pressure to do it from his wife, Lady Macbeth. Throughout the play we get to see Macbeth change as an individual, from being a friendly, well respected man, into a madness power driven murderer who kills a man that has put so much trust and respect into him. A bell rings and breaks the gaze and brings Macbeth’s mind back into the real world.The bell is to summon him to his room and Macbeth says “I go, and it is done: the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven, or to hell”(II,i,62-64). This line at first really perplexed me after I had read the whole play through once before. I thought that it was really strange that even though the images of the dagger horrified Macbeth. He still knew that he was going to kill Duncan. Almost as though the urge to become king went against everything he believed in and the idea took over his mind and festered until it was all he could do. At this point in the play there is so turning back. Macbeth was a character that had succumbed
Get Access