Macbeth - Theme Madness

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      • "The castle of Macduff I will surprise"
        • Macbeth decides to murder without hesitation after seeing the witches for a second time due to his madness increasing.
      • "The blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me"
        • Macbeth's madness has caused him to hallucinate his dead friend.
      • After seeing the witches for a second time, Macbeth's madness increases as he begins to think he is invincible and murders without hesitation.
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      • "Sleep no more; Macbeth does murder sleep"
        • Macbeth is panicking that he will not be able to sleep.  With the lack of sleep being associated to madness.
      • "LM"  "dash'd the brains out"
        • The first sign of madness is shown with Lady Macbeth's extremely violent reaction.  It shows that she does not care for the loss of human life to fulfil a promise.
      • The first sign of the Macbeth's going mad is shown with Lady Macbeth's reaction to the witches prophecy and Macbeth's reaction to committing regicide.
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      • "Hell is murky"
        • Lady Macbeth begins to hallucinate herself in hell because of her madness and guilt.  Going to hell is also linked with madness reinforcing her situation.
      • "the thane of Fife had a wife"
        • The use of repetition in Lady Macbeth's soliloquy shows her decent into madness.  She is sort of aware of the murderess acts Macbeth has committed.
      • Shakespeare's play depicts how a good character like Macbeth can descend into madness - whether that is through his own unchecked ambition or the influence of the supernatural.
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      • "Brave Macbeth"
        • Macbeth is prevented as a honourable soldier. Shows that his peers think highly of him. No sign of madness.
      • "I have begun to plant thee"
        • Shows that Macbeth is successful to Duncan as Duncan is willing to put time into caring about Macbeth.
      • At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare presents Macbeth as an successful and honourable soldier, showing no sign of madness.
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      • "I am a cabin'd, cribb'd, confined"
        • Shows that Macbeth feels like he is being pushed into a corner.  With the repetition of the "c" sound adding to Macbeth's madness.
      • "We have scotched the snaked, not killed it"
        • It shows that Macbeth's paranoia has made him lost all his morals.  He views Banquo as evil by associating him with a snake.
      • By Act 3, Macbeth's paranoia and guilt is making him mad.  His morals appeared to have vanish as he plots to murder Banquo and his son - as they are a thread to him.


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