Psychological Truths in Macbeth and the Poem My Last Duchess

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I am studying the characters of Macbeth and the Duke; how they can be considered perturbed characters. The play, ‘Macbeth’ and poem, ‘My Last Duchess’ both show psychological truths and insights into the characters. While the Duke shows himself to be perturbed straight away in the poem, Macbeth’s phrenic deterioration takes place and develops as the play proceeds. ‘Macbeth is a tragic play indited by Shakespeare during the English Renaissance in 1606. The play is habituated by Shakespeare in order to make the play more eventful. The play, at the time was considered controversial. The conception of the committing regicide when killing the king was controversial; the king was considered to have been sent by God and was only answerable to God in his actions. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s perturbed nature engenders the action and events of the play. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is indited by Shakespeare. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are two characters who are optically discerned to be perturbed in many different ways as they incline to switch gender roles; however they both obsess over the same thing which is the throne.

In Act 1, Macbeth is presented as a prosperous general, described as a ‘noble’ and ‘brave’ soldier who is ‘respected’ by his king and his fellow soldiers is given the position of the ‘Thane of Cawdor’. When Banquo and Macbeth meet the witches in Act 1, Scene 3, he commences to become obsessed with potency, ‘The greatest is behind’. This line suggests that Macbeth believes that he will become more potent in terms of his gregarious status. An zeal leads him to kill the rightful King of Scotland. This act is called ‘regicide’. The evil of this murder has puissant effects on him and the whole country. He is facilely tempted into m...

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...finer sensitivities of femininity. The truculent imagery suggests an virtually inhuman, brutally masculine vigor.

In Act 2 Scene 2, Shakespeare conveys Macbeth’s feelings of guilt not only in what he verbalizes, but in how he verbalizes it. Most striking in this scene is that his verbalizations keep turning in on themselves, perpetually returning to a word or a phrase, ‘Amen’, for instance (‘So be it’, the traditional terminus of a prayer, is never out of his noetic conceptions, though he cannot verbally express it and solemnly designate it, ;Lady Macbeth realises that they must not dwell on their actions, or they will go insane, and in a precursor to her later demise, there are many references to insanity: ‘mad’, ‘hurts minds’ and ‘brain-stickly’.

In conclusion, William Shakespeare presents the characters more perturbed in comparison to the other two monologues.

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