The Side of Sanity
Throughout the story of “Macbeth” and his wife start to slowly lose their sanity. This made them more cruel, vicious, and short tempered with their decisions with little or not thought being put into them. The reason Macbeth and his wife are losing their sanity is because of the fact of what’s being weighed down on them through the whole story. The contributing factors will be their guilt, power, and constant death occurring around them.
The first factor of their dwindling sense sanity is the idea of guilt. This starts immediately after Macbeth murders Duncan. He realizes the blood on his hands is from duncan and is thrown into a confusion, wondering if his hands will ever be cleared of the crimes they have committed towards the kind. “Will Great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine,”(II.2.59-61). Macbeth and his wife realize that they cannot dwell on this too long or it will drive them both mad, “These deeds must not bethought after these ways, so, it will make us mad” (II.2.33-34). Knowing they had killed their king was going to drive them mad, but they both could do little to prevent thinking about the deed they had done.
The power given to Macbeth and his wife certainly contributes to driving them into their madness because it starts making them very unjust in their decisions. They start doing almost anything they want because of this, and start doing thing irrationally and make poor decisions. This all starts when Macbeth makes a quick decision to have Banquo and his son Fleance murdered, because the three witches had told him that Banquo would be the host to a long line of kings “thou shalt get kinfs, though thou be none” (I.3.67). Macbeth also has the son and wife of Macduff killed in their own home, because Macbeth thought Macduff was a traitor. This excess use of his power leaves Macbeth conflicted between if he should confess to what he has done or...
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