Macbeth Narcissism Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… The murder of King Duncan is an inciting event in many ways, it helps Macbeth become King, it begins the Macbeth’s sleepless nights “Glamis hath murder’d sleep, and …show more content…
According to the Mayo Clinic, narcissism can be characterized under: taking advantage of others, failing to recognize others feelings, and believing you are better than others along with many other attributes (Hall-Flavin). Disputably, the best example of Macbeth taking advantage of others is when he makes the murderers believe that Banquo is the enemy, when in fact Banquo has done nothing wrong to have this belief upon him “Both of you/Know Banquo was your enemy” (III.i.125-126). Macbeth is an expert in deceiving others and therefore he had no problem taking advantage of the murderers into believing that Banquo is an enemy to not only Macbeth but to everyone around him. To add, Macbeth has no regard for others and their feelings, he fails to recognize the feelings of others throughout the entire play. Macbeth fails to recognize the feelings of Macduff when he decides to hire the murderers to kill Macduff’s wife and his son (IV.ii.92-98). Macbeth has decided to rip apart a family, the one of Macduff. Though Macduff is an enemy to Macbeth, Macbeth had no expressed reason to kill an innocent woman and her child, this is evidence that Macbeth has no regard for other peoples emotions and feelings. However, the fact that Macbeth had the feeling that he was better than …show more content…
Macbeth’s demise by the end of the play was caused by his mental deterioration from his very first killing, King Duncan. Macbeth’s mental demise can be proven through his hallucinogenic episodes, psychopathic actions and narcissistic behaviours. Macbeth began his hallucinations before he killed King Duncan, in his hallucinatory state, he saw daggers pointed towards the room of Duncan. This, along with other factors led Macbeth to commit the murder against Duncan. Macbeth’s psychopathic actions can be exemplified through the merciless killings that took place throughout the play, such as the murder of Duncan, and the fact that Macbeth (though he never committed the murders) had to do with the murders of Banquo and Macduff’s wife and son. Finally, his narcissistic behaviours can be found throughout the play through his egocentricity. Such as his capability of taking advantage of others, having no regard for other humans emotions and his mentality of being “superior to others”. Certainly Macbeth is a very unstable man, throughout the play Macbeth, he is seen as having a mental state that is deteriorating every scene. By the end of the play, Macbeth has reached the final stages of his mental deterioration which had surely contributed to his demise in the

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