Mental Illness In Macbeth

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The Diagnosis of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth People throughout history have suffered from mental illness but were either undocumented or unstudied. In literary novels or plays, characters would depict characteristics of modern mental health issues which were generally created as witchcraft or demonic possession. In Macbeth, Macbeth fail to resist an unrealistic delusion of invincibility, which turns out to become fatal. As Macbeth, Lady Macbeth also appears to suffer with similar delusion as her husband. They would both be considered to suffer from schizophrenia, Posttraumatic disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive disorder in modern day society. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person ability to think clearly,…show more content…
People with this disorder tends to get severely depressed or fearful of traumatic events that occurred. This disorder could last for months or possibly years. They would show signs of being irritable, jumpy, worried, sacredness, Etc. This could be dangerous because it could potentially put them in dangerous situation or even those around…show more content…
They became ruthless and nonchalant with the way they do things. Especially Macbeth, his disorder was so fatal causing him to become a merciless killer. However, throughout the play you can see that Lady Macbeth was very scared and regretful after aiding in the murders of King Duncan and Banquo. This caused her to go into PTSD as well as OCD. This is a bit ironic because in the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth was the one who decided to go through with murder leaving Macbeth skeptical and fearful to do it. However, it ends up switching because Lady Macbeth ends up scared and terrified while Macbeth does not show an ounce of regret of what he has

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