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    I'm supposed to be writing an essay on Macbeth, and one character that shows at one point (or multiple) that they are unstable, and how this addresses the central concerns in the novel?

    I can't decide if writing about Macbeth would be more benefical or writing about Lady Macbeth? I was thinking Macbeth but I have no idea what points to use

    Any suggestions?
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    (Original post by ayrpluto)
    I'm supposed to be writing an essay on Macbeth, and one character that shows at one point (or multiple) that they are unstable, and how this addresses the central concerns in the novel?

    I can't decide if writing about Macbeth would be more benefical or writing about Lady Macbeth? I was thinking Macbeth but I have no idea what points to use

    Any suggestions?
    Macbeth becomes unstable at many points towards the beginning of the play; when he worries about whether or not his 'action will trammel up th'consequence', when he is unable to say amen, when he is disillusioned in the dagger scene, psychologically unstable, and when he worries about the blood on his hands. He kills Banquo out of fear and shivers at the sight of his ghost; he becomes so powerless that he must return to the witches for assistance. Yet then we see him take quite a dramatic turn, becoming malicious and very very cruel; he becomes careless and ruthless, 'a true butcher', and his relationship with Lady Macbeth breaks down.

    With Lady Macbeth, you have quite the opposite fate for her character, starting off a bold, androgynous-like woman, she derails against what is expected of her, calling devils to 'unsex [her] here', as she imagines how she would 'dash out the brains' of her child. Yet, we see her actually cripple by the end, taunted by her crimes, 'out, out damned spot', in a state of sleepwalk, purely irrational - it is perhaps ironic that, while Macbeth claims he cannot sleep, Lady Macbeth is stuck in sleep.

    There are a few ideas to get you thinking. Pick the one you feel you can engage with most because that is when the best and most eloquent of essays come about
 
 
 
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