The Role Of Schizophrenia In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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“Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally” (Smith). Schizophrenics experience symptoms such as extremely disorganized behavior, hallucinations, as well as delusions. The schizophrenic symptoms stated above are the very exact symptoms that Macbeth experiences. Hallucinations, disorganized behavior, as well as delusions are symptoms that can be seen throughout the play and connect very well with the schizophrenic mental disorder. Also, schizophrenia is a very broad topic and there are many mini subdivisions of schizophrenia, one being paranoid schizophrenia, where the schizophrenic person becomes very paranoid when an episode tends to happening. When analyzing all of the symptoms stated above, people …show more content…
Delusions normally are false beliefs that are not true and sometimes not relevant at all. Delusions are a very common symptom among most schizophrenics. “They may believe people on TV or in newspaper articles are communicating messages to them alone, or that there are hidden messages in colours of cars passing on the street.” (schizophrenia overview) Since in Macbeth's time the people didn't have the types of technology that millennials have today to detect serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia. When Macbeth had experienced some of his delusions by seeing the weird sisters, also known as the witches, who tell him prophecies making him believe that he is invincible and unable to be stopped. “ Second apparition- Be bloody, bold, and resolute! Laugh to scorn the pow’r of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” ( Act 4 scene 1 lines 79-82). After the apparition he saw Macbeth has believed he is invincible and no one can hurt him, almost like he is a god. Looking at the scene gives a very good example of what schizophrenic delusions look like as well as the effect on the schizophrenic. Schizophrenics have numerous of obvious symptoms that can help diagnose the mental disorder onto someone, with saying that, the major and telltale signs of schizophrenia are, delusions, hallucinations, as well as extremely disorganized

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