William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - The Gradual Loss Of Sanity Essay

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Written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is a play that highlights one common theme: the gradual loss of sanity. Macbeth progressively becomes plagued by intense, consuming guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including the act of committing murder. Feeding his hunger for dominance, he murders King Duncan in cold blood in order to become the King of Scotland, has Banquo killed by three murderers to maintain his position as royalty, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered out of rage and fear. Although all of these occurrences take place because of Macbeth’s eagerness to be King, they all result in him being overtaken by shame and dismay. Realizing that every move that he makes is completed of his free will, Macbeth also begins to deteriorate mentally. Thereafter, the Thane of Glamis’ sanity continues to take hits and he begins to hallucinate and behave in an irrational manner. Throughout the play, Macbeth’s sanity dissipates because he continues to betray his own moral boundaries by choosing to commit acts of treason and dishonor.
When Macbeth receives the prophecy to beware Macduff, something inside of him snaps, and he frantically orders a group of murderers to kill Macduff’s family. Consequently, when the time finally comes for Macbeth to encounter Macduff on the battlefield, he exhibits a mere moment of hesitation before proceeding to the last duel of his life. Feeling remorse for having Macduff’s entire family…

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