Theme Of Insanity In Macbeth

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Throughout William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth experiences some insanity caused by his own wicked decisions. In my opinion the deeper the play gets the more insane Macbeth tends to exceed. Throughout the play Macbeth shows his insanity through his ambition, guilt, and false hopes. Macbeth’s ambitions prove to be the main reason for his ultimate downfall. Throughout the play Macbeth kills Banquo because he figures out Fleance will end up king after. He wants to set up the individuals next in line until he can take his place on the throne. No one ever suspects that Macbeth could ever go this far, but become a part of a series of death. The main drive behind Macbeth’s ambition comes at the beginning of the play when he visits the witches I.iii “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis ! (2nd witch) “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!” (3rd witch) “All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter!’’. They predict that Macbeth will become king, and Macbeth wants their predictions to …show more content…

A way that the audience is enabled by his tyranny is through Macbeth’s guilt. The fact that an individual could keep killing with no remorse makes it difficult for an audience to connect. Macbeth’s guilt symbolizes craziness during Act V when the ghost of Banquo visits him. It almost causes Macbeth to reveal the truth about king Duncan’s murder. ‘’I am in blood stepp’d in so far, that should wade no more…” III.IV. In act II. ii the blood symbolizes guilt from King Duncan’s murder. Blood stains and will stay with Macbeth forever. The insomnia proves to be another symbol of guilt by Macbeth due to his inability to, sleep from the guilt. In act II.ii, “God bless us! And ‘Amen,’ the other.. ‘Macbeth does murder sleep.’’ It talks about Macbeth’s inability to relate to a higher power due to his guilt from his

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