The Role Of Fear In Macbeth

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Here, in the passage above, Shakespeare displays that there is a probability that the dagger that Macbeth sees could in fact be something that his own distraught mind has created – a psychological projection. This scene is also said to be one of the strongest attestations that a ghost or apparition is an effect of guilt or a combination of both guilt and fear. Macbeth’s thoughts are only engaged by the action that he is going to perform (Murphy 31). Moreover, the “heat-oppressed brain” that Macbeth mentions in the final line of the passage addresses Macbeth’s own perplexity on which course of action to aim for. King Duncan has done Macbeth no harm or unjust, nonetheless, Macbeth’s ambition to claim the throne – which was brought about by the

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