In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Shakespeare’s Macbeth both protagonists are pushed to their destruction by, as it seems, their wives. Both Willy Loman's and Macbeth’s relationships play very large parts in both plays. Love is blind and one partner is always blinded and naïve, therefore leading to one’s demise. Throughout both plays we see the change in the relationships because of events that occur, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth especially endure drastic changes in their relationship throughout the play, going from loving, to being manipulated into a selfish relationship that revolves around power and success. Linda does not really attempt to save her husband, although she knows very well what is wrong with him and that he will kill himself if she does not do something.
However, his sudden death at the hands of Hamlet truly left her alone. Madness is usually brought on by depression, medically speaking, and Ophelia suffered a broken heart. She loved Hamlet, but she was forced to obey her father as in that society considered women not as people, they were objects to be owned. There also is a theory where Ophelia is pregnant and the sudden change of hormones plus the social stigma of being pregnant while unmarried can cause such an overload of stress, her psyche cracks beyond repair. Hamlet's ruse of madness and eventual obsession with revenge possibly furthered her confusion.
Not only did Hamlet contemplates suicide but also suffered from an overwhelming sadness “Neither [his] black clothes, nor [his] dear mother, nor [his] heavy sigh, nor [his] weeping, nor [his] downcast eyes, nor [his] other displays of grief, can show how [he] really feel[s]” (Shakespeare 25). The Prince of Denmark also suffered from a second psychological illness bipolar disorder. He started showing symptoms of this disorder after the ghost of his dead father appeared and told him that it was Hamlet 's own uncle who had poisoned him, and that he must avenge his death. This news left Hamlet unstable he began to second guess himself and the other around him, paranoid he began to think “The Ghost [he] saw maybe the devil, and the devil has the power to assume a pleasing disguise, so [the ghost] maybe taking advantage of [his] weakness and sadness to bring about my damnation” (Shakespeare 133). Among paranoia, massive mood swings and changes in behavior were also symptoms he showed for bipolarism.
When Juliet notices that Romeo drank poison and had killed himself, she was not only upset about his death but also seemed more upset that he “left no friendly drop to help me after! I will kiss thy lips. Haply some poison yet doth hang on them” (Shakespeare V.iii.168-170). This bond that seems to be unbreakable between them causes more harm than it would have if they were not together like society would want them to be. During this time period in the 16th century, the parents usually arranged marriages, so this goes completely against societal
How Shakespeare Portrays Madness in Hamlet Many questions have been raised about Hamlets madness. Whether it was an act, or that his father’s death and his ghost genuinely drove him to the brink of madness. Along side with Hamlet, further on in the play Polonius’s death brought Ophelia and the audiences to question her own sanity as well. Although Hamlets madness and Ophelia’s are caused by the same thing, the death of their father, they both have very different consequences to their new found personality change. Hamlets madness itself was represented as an act, from an audience’s point of view we know his anti disposition is an act, but this piece of dramatic irony brings a lot of despair for the rest of the characters.
In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, the author shows many internal and external conflicts within Hamlet because of his mother’s new marriage, his love for Ophelia, and his father’s death. There are many interpretations on why Hamlet acts the way he does, but these are the three main topics. While dealing with all of these conflicts, he is stuck trying to figure out what happened to his father. This play is truly a tragedy because he is faced with so much conflict which in the end, kills almost everyone including himself. Is this the reason he turned to suicide?
But defining what gives a person full capacity or partial is hard because there is a thin line between sanity and insanity. Those whom are considered insane though often go through more than just being the babbling idiots they appear to be. Most demented people usually suffer from other mental disorders such as: Bipolar disorder, psychosis, psychopathic or sociopathic tendencies, depression, etc. All these are very serious when it comes with insanity because someone who is diagnosed as insane is extremely irrational and doesn 't know right from wrong. MedicineNet defines depression as "An illness that involves the body, mind, and thoughts and that affects the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things."
When asked to imagine a depressed individual, many would probably imagine a person with a sad expression, contemplating suicide. Depression is far more complicated than it appears to be. Just like many other mental disorders, there are a conglomeration of symptoms, and not every person shares the same symptoms as their counterpart does. This causes difficulty in categorizing someone as depressive. Merriam-Webster characterizes depression as “a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way.” There are a multitude of misconceptions about depression such as that it’s about feeling sad, it’s temporary, and that it cannot be treated.
This is represented in the feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that are seen in many depressed individuals. This can also lead to suicidal behavior, feeling like the world is not worth living in any longer. Beck also believed that people prone to depression develop an entire negative self-schema. This means
This disease affects teens in a negative way, and it also causes them to often feel sad and/or lonely. Being depressed can also cause a person to forget the value of the simple things life brings. As a result, the effects of depression can lead to suicide. Bipolar illnesses and depression are the leading causes of suicide, and according to Huffingtonpost.com,