Mental Deterioration In Macbeth Analysis

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Humans are constantly making decisions that could positively or negatively impact their lives. In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, Macbeth is faced with a difficult decision and his wife heavily impacts the outcome. Macbeth kills the king and it negatively impacts his mental state causing him to continue to make unjustifiable decisions. Because Lady Macbeth influences many of Macbeth's decisions, she can be blamed for his mental deterioration throughout the play.
The play begins with the three witches giving an equivocation to Macbeth and Banquo. As the witches told Macbeth in the equivocation, he is crowned the Thane of Cawdor. After becoming the Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth feels that the witches equivocations are powerful and usually come true, leading to thoughts of killing the king. Macbeth states that he thinks he could eventually become king just like the witches predict because they have already told him two other things that were true by saying "Two truths are told, as happy prolongs to the swelling act of the imperial theme." (I. III. Lines 130-132). Macbeth sends a letter to his wife, Lady Macbeth, telling her about the equivocations and how he is the " future king".
Lady Macbeth is responsible for Macbeth's mental deterioration throughout the book because she is constantly questioning his manhood. After Lady Macbeth heard of the equivocations and Macbeth's potential to become king she immediately began planning how he would kill King Duncan. She calls to the spirits saying, " Come, you spirits that tend my moral thoughts, unsex me here!"(I. V. Lines 42-45). She knew that Macbeth was kind hearted and didn't think that he would find the courage to kill the king so called out to the spirits to ask them to make her more man...

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...ers influence decisions that people know are morally wrong can negatively impact their mental state. Thought this play Macbeth knew that committing the murder was wrong but after his wife consistently challenged his manhood he decided to kill Duncan. Letting Lady Macbeth influence his decision negatively impacted his mental state causing him to make unjustifiable choices.
Although Macbeth agreed to kill the king, he was initially against it. When Lady Macbeth began to insult his manhood he took it personally, and felt he needed to prove to her that he was a man. Having his manhood insulted drove him insane, and letting the thought of being invincible caused him to become mentally impaired. His mental state at the end of the book can be blamed on the negative influence that his wife had on him causing him to make the choices he did, which made drove him insane.
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