Define and discuss the concept of of the humours in Macbeth. How do they contribute to one becoming careless, depressed, or unstable??
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The four humors were used as a basis for medical diagnosis in Medieval Times. Shakespeare would have been familiar with this idea. To research each of the humors specifically, visit the website referenced below. One of the most obvious scenes in which Shakespeare addresses the medicine practices would be in Act V. Examine the conversations between the Doctor and the Gentlewoman and the Doctor and Macbeth. Look closely at the doctor's diagnosis of Lady Macbeth. To explain how this contributes to different emotions look at the final outcome of Lady Macbeth's actions.
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