Macbeth Sanity Essay

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The story of Macbeth tells of a man who presses his way to become ruler of a kingdom and ensure security of his throne. Along the way he is lead astray, which consequently, causes destruction, failure, and tarnishes him with an image of insanity. This paper argues that despite all of Macbeth's apparent flaws, he is still a sane individual.

Macbeth's overwhelming guilty conscience shows that he is able to decipher between what is right and what is wrong. If Macbeth was completely blinded by evil intent and not concerned of the outcome of rational decision making, he would not have any remorse for his doings. After his heinous actions against the King, he was able to reconcile that what he just committed was wrong and selfish. The quote, "I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on't again I dare not" shows that his guilt is so robust that he can not mentally look back on the situation because it hurts his conscience to a staggering extent. This demonstrates that even after Macbeth does something negative to benefit his own well-being, he is still able to reflect on his actions and conclude whether they were the morally correct ones. In the quote, "O yet I do repent me of my fury. That I did kill them," Macbeth tries to repent for his actions. Repentance is when an individual feels regret for an action that they have committed and try to change their mind in regard to the past action they committed. One of the definitions of insanity is when an individual completes the same action and expects a different result. Macbeth displays sanity in knowing what he did was wrong and utilizes repentance which tries to change his whole mind set to avoid future occurrences.

Macbeth's insanity is being misconstrued for his weak character and strong desire to satisfy his wife and her ambitions. Because he is able to consistently commit acts to appease her desires and ambitions, he can't be deemed as insane. Many consider Macbeth to be insane because he commits callous...
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