Lady Macbeth Schizophrenia Analysis

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When one of the partners in a relationship is mentally unhealthy, it takes a toll on both of them causing their relationship to fall out. Lady Macbeth asks, “How now, my lord? Why do you keep alone,/Of sorriest fancies your companions making,/Using those thoughts which should indeed have died.”(3.2.10-13) She does not want to see him alone. She is genuinely concerned for her husband. They used to be inseparable, almost as if they were one brain functioning for two. She helped him with the murder of Duncan and was his backbone when he wanted to withdraw from his original choice of murder. However Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have grown apart. he no longer shares his thoughts and actions with her, and he does not consult her for reassurance. When…show more content…
It takes a person's whole life and turns it upside down, and not for the better. For paranoid schizophrenia; “We might think of it as a mental condition that makes it hard for an individual to distinguish between reality and imagination” (Harmon, 24). It is indeed and mental condition that hinders one's ability to function in normal societal ways. Macbeth is a perfect example of a person facing this disease. It causes him to lose his grasp on the world, make poor choices, and harm those around him. In the end he ends up getting himself killed by those he has affected. He turns his back on the people he knows and loves. He destroys his relationship with his friend and his wife. All that was good in his life was cast out in the hope that he would become king and stay king. “In some people, schizophrenia appears suddenly and without warning. But for most, it comes on slowly, with subtle warning signs and a gradual decline in functioning long before the first severe episode” (Smith). In the case of Macbeth the condition came upon him gradually. The genesis of his condition started to show signs when he decided to murder of the King of Scotland. This caused him to feel so much guilt that paranoia built inside of him consuming his being. He had no one to share his feelings with because he let himself push everyone away. In the end Macbeth’s downfall was caused by himself and his thirst for power and success, thus leading him

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