Mental Illness in Macbeth

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Mental illness is a serious societal problem today, and has been for a long time. People who have a mental illness often end up hurting other people mentally and physically. When someone has a mental illness, they might also end up hurting themselves or cause suffering for themselves. Also, it is sometimes difficult for them to understand things clearly, and they might be unsure of things in their life. All of these problems are shown in a person who is mentally ill. Macbeth hears his prophecy from three witches which starts his mental illness, along with Lady Macbeth pressuring him to kill the king. After Macbeth kills the king, things start to get out of hand; Macbeth gets over ambitious and wants to kill more people, whatever it takes. Lady Macbeth asks for her womanhood to be taken so that she will not feel guilty, but ends up feeling more guilty than ever. Subsequently, she kills herself to escape the guilt, and causes her husband great pain. These tragic examples and many others show that mental illness is a societal issue, and it is shown throughout the story of Macbeth.
With a mental illness, people may easily hurt other people intentionally or unintentionally. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth causes Macbeth to go crazy, and kind of lose his mind. Macbeth says on page 40… “I pray you, STOP! I dare to do only what is proper for a man to do. He who dares to do more is no man at all.” This shows that Macbeth is begging for his wife to stop pressuring him into doing things he does not want to, and stop pressuring him to harm someone. Macbeth then kills the king, and says… “I have done the deed” (Page 83). When he says this, he is ashamed of what he has been pushed to do, and starts showing signs of his mental illness. Also, Macbeth...

... middle of paper ... killing the king, who trusted him, and hiring someone to kill his best friend in fear of his children taking the throne. Lady Macbeth can not take the mental strain of the illness and guilt, and ends up hurting herself by taking her life. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth see and think things that are not really there. Macbeth has hallucinations of his dead best friend, and of bloody daggers floating through the air. Lady Macbeth however, thinks that there is still blood on her hands that will never go away. As you can see from my many examples, mental illness is a serious societal issue and can negatively affect people in multiple ways. In my opinion, someone with a mental illness is still human, and just needs some help or someone to talk to for help when they are down. A mental illness will not always make someone harm others or themselves, but this happens often.
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