Examples Of Schizophrenia In Macbeth

Macbeth is a Scottish noble that is brave and a rather heroic military man. Although Macbeth appears loyal, people aren’t always who you think they might be. It is believed that Macbeth suffers from paranoia schizophrenia, one of the most harmful of all mental disorders. He displays multiple paranoia schizophrenia symptoms including hallucinations, delusions, anxiety, fear, violence and patronizing behavior. Macbeth loses touch with reality and is convinced of things that aren’t true. His emotions are like a roller coaster in that he experiences all types of feelings including joy and turmoil over the anticipation that he may become King. The constant rivalry between his ambition and his conscious ultimately destroys his moral limits. Macbeth …show more content…
or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? (Act II Scene I). This causes Macbeth to talk to himself about the dagger. He is upset by it and thinks the dagger is causing him to commit the crimes. He also hallucinates when he hears voices; he thinks the voices are calling out “murdered sleep.” Macbeth was also hallucinating when he saw the ghost of Banquo in his chair. Macbeth also exhibits symptoms of delusions and anxiety. These manifestations can go hand in hand because they both cause you to believe something that is not true. Macbeth starts to live in anxiety and terror, unable to rest or trust his nobles. Macbeth begins to get antagonized by the three witches’ prophecies. His anxiety is worsened by their prophecy coming true when he became the Thane of Cawdor. His honorable fighting for Duncan against the invading forces and his noted bravery on the battlefield is the reason he became Thane of Cawdor.
“This supernatural soliciting
Cannot be ill, cannot be good.: if ill,
Why hath it given me earnest of
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53-54). Macbeth is having a hard time with his fear of Banquo; he realizes that this is one fear that he may never overcome. Therefore, he exemplifies more violence by ordering that Banquo be assassinated. Macbeth is worried that his soul will go to hell due to his actions, but he continues to act out of fear. He becomes solely fueled by his fear regarding the witches. However, he becomes dependent upon the witches; they drive him to go on a murdering streak. As Macbeth’s violent nature rises with each murder they become easier for him to commit. He is unable to rule without becoming a tyrant. Although he is never completely comfortable as a criminal, Macbeth continues to kill anyone who stands in his way of power. He started out having to have temptation to kill; and eventually kills with ease without

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