Lady Macbeth's Mental Illness

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The Many Diagnosis of Lady Macbeth In 1623 William Shakespeare wrote one of the goriest plays that is known as The Tragedy of Macbeth. In the play there were two main characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth was very humble and calm and Lady Macbeth was controlling and made the decisions. In the play “Macbeth” Lady Macbeth suffers from two mental illnesses bipolar disorder, and antisocial disorder. In “ Macbeth” Lady Macbeth shows many symptoms of having a bipolar disorder that is a mental disorder that basically causes mood swings. In the play and movie Lady Macbeth shows this disorder in her character. In the beginning of the play when she read the letter from Macbeth about the witches’ prophecies that…show more content…
Yet do I fear thy nature, It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst highly, And yet wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, That wouldst wrongly win. Thou’ldst have, great Glamis, That which cries, ‘”Thus thou must do,” if thou have it; And that which rather thou dost fear to do Than wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear, And chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have the crown’d withal.”…show more content…
Bipolar disorder causes someone to have changes in mood going from happy to sad at any minute. (bipolar disorder) In the entire play from beginning to end Lady Macbeth was the boss. As the play goes on she begins to become overwhelmed with everything happening around her. Soon or later she is unable to handle and control everything that’s going on and she also sees how Macbeth is becoming more in control. Lady Macbeth is the one who planned out the whole murder scene after reading a letter from Macbeth. She put the idea into Macbeths head to kill the King making him feel that he was less of a man if he did not. Showing no remorse for Macbeth that they were family. She was very powerful and strong the one Macbeth depended on. After Lady Macbeth’s hands have been covered in blood she makes the statement “My hands are of your color; but I shame to wear a heart so white.”(2.2.61) Lady Macbeth is basically saying that her hands have done dirty work but in her heart she is innocent. Lady Macbeth was never known as being scared of the dark but the gentlewoman who watches her at night while sleep walking states “ she has light by her continually, ‘tis her command” (5.1.19). Lady Macbeth also wakes up in the middle of the night and re-reads the letter that Macbeth wrote talking about killing King Duncan. Lady Macbeth was observed washing her hands for 15 minutes straight trying to wash the blood off of her hands that no

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