Paranoia In Macbeth And The Laboratory

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Register to read the introduction… Both Macbeth and the female protagonist are paranoid; Macbeth becomes paranoid after he kills King Duncan and as a result of his paranoia he kills his closest friend Banquo, whereas the woman, on the other hand, is paranoid before she kills as she focuses on the idea that her lover and his mistress are laughing at her “…laugh, laugh at me”. The repetition of ‘laugh’ gives the sense that she may be going insane, also it could suggest that she may just be acting in fury after recently finding out about her lovers mistress. “He is with her and they know that I know”. This reinforces the idea that she is paranoid due to the heavy use of pronouns which show that she is very aware of others around her and she thinks they are deliberately trying to hurt her emotionally. She goes on to say that she knows they think that her ‘tears flow’ but she is actually not grieving, she is putting her plan of murder in to action. This also supports the idea of her being paranoid. Her paranoia builds throughout the poem as does the links of death.” As thou pliest thy trade in this devil's-smithy--He is with her; and they know that I know” devil smithy of course is the link to …show more content…
She also plans to kill her at a ‘dance’ - also reinforcing the idea she is careless in nature as she is planning to commit murder in a huge room of people. This reinforces her malevolent nature because, as an audience, we see that she seems to be motivated to kill by revenge whereas Lady Macbeth is motivated by power and greed, Lady Macbeth’s greedy nature comes through Shakespeare’s use of her soliloquy. When we first meet her in Act 1 Scene 5 she is reading a letter from Macbeth. She then goes on to speak out loud of her feelings. “What thou wouldst highly, that wouldst wrongly win. Thou’dst have, great Glamis, that which cries, ‘thus thou do’ if thou have it; and that which rather thou dost fear to do, than wishest should be done.” In this soliloquy quote “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be what thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature” This shows that she doesn’t think Macbeth has the ‘nature’ to do what needs to be done, this also reinforces the idea she thinks he’s a coward. This quote is also very ironic here because when she appeals to the ‘spirits’ she is actually herself going against nature. “That which cries 'Thus thou must do, if thou have it; and that which rather thou dost fear to do than wishest should be undone.' Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear”. In the beginning of the quote she says that Macbeth knows what he must do but ‘fears’ to do it. Supporting the idea she is very masculine as it also shows her

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