In Act 5 of Macbeth, there are sufficient lines to support the view that rather than being insane, Macbeth is quite rationally aware of all that faces him. How can you prove this? Please give...
In Act 5 of Macbeth, there are sufficient lines to support the view that rather than being insane, Macbeth is quite rationally aware of all that faces him. How can you prove this?
Please give examples and what scene and lines you find them in.
Macbeth’s reaction to reports of soldiers does not necessarily mean he has lost his mind. He is just stubborn and arrogant. He is paranoid, but he probably should be. There ARE armies coming for him, after all. He knows this because he has spies stationed throughout the kingdom.
Bring me no more reports; let them fly all!
Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane
I cannot taint with fear. (Act 5, Scene 3)
Macbeth clearly believes the witches’ prophecy, but is this so irrational? After all, the witches told him the woods would come to his castle. That does not seem likely. It makes sense that Macbeth wouldn’t think this is a threat. His hubris prevents him from deducing that soldiers are pretending to be trees.
Macbeth’s reaction to his wife’s death can be interpreted as lunacy, but it could also mean he has become philosophical. He is thinking about life and death, because his wife has died and he faces impending death in battle.
She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.(Act 5, Scene 5, p. 84)
To me, this can be interpreted either way. It could be a sad lament for chances missed, and time they could have had together.
There definitely is fantasy and magic in this play, so it is not madness for Macbeth to believe the witches’ prophecies. After all, some of them came true. He was promoted, and he did become king—at his own hand.
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