Mental Deterioration In Macbeth Essay

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All around the world immoral decisions result in instability whether it be emotionally, mentally, or socially. In William Shakespeare's tragic play “Macbeth”, a brave army commander named Macbeth was greatly loyal to the King of Scotland, Duncan. As Macbeth battled for victory against the disloyal Thane of Cawdor, Macdonwald, he was looked upon as a mighty hero in Scotland. Three witches speak of three strange prophecies to Macbeth, and a co-commander of Duncan's army named Banquo. These three prophecies speak of Macbeth becoming King of Scotland which highly attract Macbeth, but Banquo refuses to believe in the temptation. This is the first sign of Macbeth’s mental deterioration that becomes worse throughout the rest of the play.

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I have thee not and yet i see thee still” (2.1.44-47). This is Macbeth's first hallucination, he claims he sees the handle of a dagger with blood pointing toward him and believes it to be real. The audience is lead to believe that the dagger is a foreshadow to Macbeth's future of blood and violence. Macbeth refuses to take precaution in this sign and looks as it a positive, he assumes that this knife is leading him to the killing, here we see Macbeth's deterioration as he refuses to make decisions by himself and constantly needing a push when making …show more content…
Macbeth remains greedy and is in lust for power and views others who could possibly be threatening his three prophecies from coming true. Banquo, Macbeth's fellow military commander, was present when macbeth received his three prophecies which spikes Macbeth's envy towards Banquo, Furthermore Macbeth also heard Banquo's prophecies which were unclear to Macbeth. Finally, Macbeth comes to the conclusion that he must kill Banquo, he sends two murders to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance. As Macbeth is at a dinner with his wife, lady Macbeth along with many other supporters of Macbeth becoming king, he is called upon by a man who delivers the news that Banquo is dead but that fleance has escaped the murderers. Macbeth returns to the table in fear as the killing of fleance did not turn as planned, Lennox, a nobleman invites Macbeth to take a

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