Ghostly Apparitions In English Literature: Driving Characters Mad In Mac Beth And “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner”

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The purpose of this paper is to show the actions of two characters on their mental decline. For one man, the thoughts of a terrible crime he committed in order to gain power haunted him. In the second piece, the death of a crew and complete isolation cause the mariner to lose his mind. For further explanation and reasoning, one must take a closer look at the stories involved.The vicious and vile actions of Lady MacBeth had a direct influence on MacBeth's mental state at the end of the play. Lady MacBeth is very passionate about herself and her husband having a crown to their name. She is pleased with her husband being named Thane of Cawdor, but seeks more. She calls for the spirits to "unsex" her and fill her from "the crown to the toe-full of direst cruelty" (Shakespeare 202). This shows that she wants to abandon all feelings just so she can have power. This attitude is pressed onto MacBeth, especially when he no long wants to kill Duncan. Lady MacBeth convinces him that it is better that way because he will gain the crown (204). Her harmful influences are also seen corrupting MacBeth when he is having regrets about murdering Duncan. She tells him to simply forget about everything that they have done wrong because they have done each terrible thing to gain power (223-24). Lastly, we see Lady MacBeth in her most pitiful display of sanity in Act Five, Scene One. She is talking about the murders and is obviously in great distress. Her driving barbarity wore her down and had a part in her husband's insanity. The actions of the first murder, that of King Duncan, haunt MacBeth throughout the play. He knows he is seeing the vision of the blood-covered dagger. Though he knows it is not real, he still states that it led him to take Duncan's life (208-09). He sees the knife floating towards him. When he reaches for it and does not take hold of it, he Lassiter 2 says "I have thee not, and yet I see thee still . . .Or art thou but/A dagger of the mind, a false creation, /Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain" (208). This is truly the first hint that he is losing his mind. He envisions the dagger floating toward him, yet knows it is not real. After the murder, MacBeth believes that no water will wash the blood from his hands. He says that the small amount of blood on his hands will turn the green seas red (211). This statement indicates that he will be troubled by his action forever. Even his insensitive wife notices that he is not well. She says to him, "constancy hath left you unattended" (212). Her remark does not effect MacBeth, but gives the reader insight into his state of mind. The most convincing actions of MacBeth's insanity are during the banquet. He sees the ghost of Banquo sitting in his chair. No one else can see this vision because the murder of Banquo is resting on MacBeth's conscious. When MacBeth sees the ghost, he acts as if he had lost his mind completely. He says that if morgues and graves can't...

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