Theme Of Mental Illness In Macbeth

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Voices Controlling Macbeth When dealing with a mental illness people encounter a mental block, difficulty to manage emotions, and have trouble making decisions for themselves. Schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are both similar and difficult to diagnose. While diagnosing schizophrenia is challenging, Macbeth seems to have all the symptoms that accompany this disease. Hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking is related to schizophrenia while PTSD includes frightening dreams and disturbing thoughts. Macbeth deals with post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia when he returns from war and behaves differently; he begins to hear voices and notice ghosts, becomes more violent physically and mentally, is confused …show more content…
This disorder is most common in war veterans and is transparent when Macbeth returns from war with Norway. His state of mind when returning from the war is vulnerable as shown in Act I scene iii when he first hears the witches’ prophesy. Macbeth contemplates on whether the weird sisters presage could possibly be true and eventually convinces himself that it could happen. Throughout the play Macbeth also develops an uncontrollable brutal trait resulting from PTSD. Once Macbeth slaughters Duncan, he encounters a rage where he cannot stop murdering. Macbeth reveals a mental and physical adjustment after his return from war resulting in post-traumatic stress …show more content…
This leads to the fact that he could have been diagnosed as an early adolescent and PTSD returned the more severe side of schizophrenia. "We don't know if it's stress or hormonal activity that triggers the behaviors during adolescence, but boys often have their first crisis at 17 or 18” (Bernstein). Treatment during this time was not applicable, so the only way Macbeth could have eluded his fate made by the witches was to ignore them and face his destiny he made himself. Throughout the play Macbeth deals with post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia when he begins to hear voices and notice ghosts, becomes more violent physically and mentally, is confused on reality along with delusions, and has trouble behaving normally in social situations. He suffers from PTSD after returning from the war with Norway at the beginning of the play that evokes strong acts of schizophrenia. While dealing with these two disorders, Macbeth is not capable of his actions and undertakes certain traits because of

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