Shakespeare displays disturbed minds by showing maintainability to control his own mind. When contemplating on murdering Banquo, an innocent with a son that has nothing to deserve death,Macbeth says, "O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! His mind is vastly out of control that it is not controlled by something natural as the brain, but replaced by ‘scorpions’'. The symbolic pejorative connotations of scorpion is death and horror. Scorpions are known for their immense claws that can rip through prey easily. Just like that, Macbeth's mind is a weapon that craves death. He also states that his mind is ‘full’ of these foul creatures. His mind has no remorse, emotion or feelings, only the desire to crush his enemies. If his mind is ‘full’ of them, he has no conscience therefore he is not a human. Instead he is the personification of a creature like a scorpion who kills anything it wishes. His mind is also so unstable, he begs his wife to save him from it. He screams: ‘dear wife!’. 'Scorpions’ and ‘dear’ both juxtapose each other and the fact that they are used in the same sentence shows he can’t tell the difference between evil or good and switches between the both. The exclamation mark exemplifies his desperation for his wife to help him from his peril and the emphasis on ‘wife’ shows that only her love and comfort will save him. She is the only one who can make the ‘scorpions’ in his mind disappear. Ironically, Lady Macbeth was the one who motivated him to kill king Duncan to secure the crown with quotes such as ‘art thou afeard to act in thine own desire?’. She accused him of cowardice to try and motivate his ambition to kill the king and now he wants his ‘dear’ wife. This indicates his intentions to rid himself of his evil nature , once again proving he can’t tell the difference between right or wrong.
At the time of Shakespeare, the audience would mostly be Christian, and they believed all life was sacred, which is also a quote from the Bible. They believed that anyone who defied this sacred belief is banished from God and will walk along an unknown path away from Him. Macbeth’s inability to control his own mind shows he is already walking along this unknown path without guidance from God.
The play of Macbeth was also a tragedy, meaning a protagonist’s fatal flaw would be his downfall. Macbeth’s fatal flaw, known as hamartia in Greek Tragedy, is the desire for death and the crown. He was once a person who served the king with honor and now his fatal flaw has lead him into a path of darkness and confusion
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what grade would you give this english lit analysis. watch
- Thread Starter
- 12-05-2015 19:53
- 12-05-2015 20:29
A* for sure. I wrote worse for coursework and got an A*