Psychological Lens In Macbeth

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Sixth, Psychological Lens deals with the most important question of why. It looks into the work of literature as a fictional expression of the personality, state of mind, feelings, and desires of the author or character. Many readers want to know why a certain character did the things they did or why would the author write this work and Psychological Lens helps to explain this. For instance, Macbeth kills to gain power and keep it. The drama states,” Macbeth: ‘I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?’” (Shakespeare 25). Macbeth wants to be king so bad that he convinces himself to kill Duncan in order to rise to power. His conscience does not see the wrong in it therefore he is able to carry out the deed. Additionally, Lady Macbeth…show more content…
Trauma is especially bad when the person is involved in a violent death, war atrocity, or abuse. Trauma victims push people away when they need people the most, and they have intense, yet unstable relationships with partners. For example, Lady Macbeth feels guilty from the trauma of killing Duncan in addition to others in order for pushing her husband to gain power. The drama states,” Seyton: ‘The queen,my lord, is dead’” (Shakespeare 81). Lady Macbeth’s trauma runs so deep that she becomes mentally unstable and commits suicide. In addition, Macbeth goes through the trauma of killing Banquo. The drama states,” Macbeth: ‘The table’s full.’ Lennox: ‘Here is a place reserved, sir.’ Macbeth: ‘Where?’ Lennox: ‘Here, my good lord. What is’t that moves you highness?’ Macbeth: ‘Which of you have done this?’ Lords:’ What, my good lord?’ Macbeth: ‘ Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake/ Thy gory locks at me’” (Shakespeare 49). Macbeth has so much trauma from killing his best friend, Banquo, that he hallucinates Banquo’s ghost at the dinner with all the lords. As well, there is the possibility that Macbeth has trauma from being at war. The drama states,” Captain: ‘For brave Macbeth-- well he deserves that name--/ Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,/ Which smoked with bloody execution’” (Shakespeare 7). The trauma of killing others during war…show more content…
It stresses absences, contradictions, and the inability of language to connect one human being with another because our language has no stability. For example, Macbeth can be looked at as a strong character but also a weak character. The drama states,” King: ‘What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won’” (Shakespeare 8). Macbeth was a great war hero, but, when looked from a different angle, he was only great under the command of someone else. He follows the direction of his wife, the Captain, and the witches, all of whom push him to do things to get power When Macbeth finally takes control of the kingdom, he kills Banquo on his own then everything falls apart and the people try to dethrone him. Also, during the Renaissance period it was uncommon for women to try to advance themselves in anyway. The drama states,” Lady Macbeth: ‘What cannot you and I perform upon/ The unguarded Duncan? what not put upon/ His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt/ Of our great quell?’” (Shakespeare 21). Lady Macbeth is trying to convince her husband to kill Duncan in order for him to become king. Following this line of thinking, she, in effect, would become part of royalty thus advancing her life and power. And, Macbeth is done with the war and death when he returns, yet it still follows him. The drama states,” Macbeth: ‘The rest is labor, which is not used for you./ I’ll be
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