Guilt and Madness

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  • Guilt and Madness
    • Macbeth
      • guilt
        • Banquo's ghost
          • interpreted as manifestation of Macbeth's guilt
            • "thou canst not say I did it: never shake / thy gory locks at me" MACBETH
              • blood symbolism in "gory"
                • show feelings of guilt
              • two outward denials of responsibility
            • mad
        • killing Duncan
          • symbolic use of blood
            • tries to wash the blood from his hands in act 2 scene 2
              • "my hand will rather / the multitudinous seas incarnadine, / making the  green one red." MACBETH
                • knows his crime is so bad that it can never be forgiven
                • natural image of oceans links to his awareness that he has disturbed the world's natural order.
          • "Macbeth shall sleep no more" MACBETH
            • modal verb presents personal consequence for his actions
      • madness
        • consequence of guilt
          • "canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, / pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, / raze out the written troubles of the brain." MACBETH
            • could be talking about Lady Macbeth's problems or his own.
            • guilt is shown metaphorically in "rooted sorrow"
              • plant imagery to suggest that it grows and takes over
              • madness it causes is also shown through metaphors
                • "mind diseased"
                • "written troubles of the brain"
        • paranoia
          • witches' prophecy about Banquo's sons
            • makes Macbeth feel as if he is in danger
              • "o, full of scorpions is my mind" MACBETH
                • his worries are affecting his sanity
    • Lady Macbeth goes mad over guilt
      • suicide
        • maddened response to her guilt
          • only escape from what she has done


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