Within The Mind Of Macbeth Essay

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In the Shakespearean play Macbeth, the many paradoxes and contradictions allow us to see not only deeper into the text, but also deeper into the characters. The theme of ambiguity and duplicitousness is used to hide the mental status of characters throughout the play so that they remain unnoticed by others around them. These complex paradoxes are incredibly contradictory and usually very difficult to understand at first glance, but through the use of these contradictions, the theme of what is illusion and what is reality is heavily blurred throughout the play. In other words, the conflicting ideas that allow for, and show the irreconcilable distinction between good and evil, chaos and disruption of natural order, and that not everything appears as it seems, are necessary to understanding the psychological standpoint of Macbeth and those close to him.
The first psychological contradiction can be found in the beginning of the play. The witches’ are brewing a potion in a cauldron when they begin to chant, “fair is foul, and foul is fair…”(act 1, scene 1, line 11). This eerie paradox is an implication to the biggest theme in the play; how nothing is really how it appears. This idea can be seen throughout the play, and is especially helpful while trying to understand the psychological standpoint of the main characters. For example, later in the storyline when the prophesy says that Banquo will be “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater / Not so happy, yet much happier (Act 1, scene 3, 65-66*), we can pick up on subliminal hints as to the future psyche of both Macbeth and Banquo. While Macbeth may get what he wants, the kingship, and should be far happier than Banquo, he won’t be, because Banquo will unknowingly be a happier, and “greater”* man than Macbeth due to his clean conscience and for not having murdered anyone.
The next noticeable psychological contradiction can be found much later in the book, after the appearance of Banquo’s ghost at the banquet. Macbeth seeks the witches for a second encounter, which will once again reflect upon the psychological standpoint of the characters thanks to the witches’ vague contradictions. The second apparition that appears to Macbeth informs him that “none of woman born shall harm Macbeth. “(Act 4, scene 1, 80-81), while the third apparition informs him that Macbeth “shall never vanquished be until / Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane hill / Shall come against him” (act 4, scene 1, 92-93). Applying the same concept from “fair is foul, and foul is fair…”(act 1, scene 1, line 11), that nothing is what it seems, the clarity of these quotes can shine through and “Real Macbeth” can begin to be seen. The seemingly impossible prophesy leads Macbeth to believe that he is superhuman; invincible, which gives him false hope of remaining king. Macbeth begins to think that he has a guaranteed future no matter what he does. This idea of immortality begins to take an effect on Macbeth, which makes him more vulnerable to his own...

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