Macbeth Suffered From Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Michael L. Willis
English IV
Period 2


Based off of the information given, it can be concluded that Macbeth suffered from the mental disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The well renowned play, "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, begins the epic tale with three witches that prophesy to the main character, Macbeth, about becoming the king of Scotland. As the play continues, it is said that he assassinates the former king, King Duncan, to pursue the prophecy of becoming king.
"Schizophrenia", as defined by (Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders 2), "is a psychotic disorder marked by several impaired thinking, emotions, and behaviors". Macbeth first ...

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see there! Behold! Look! Lo! How say you? Why, what care I? If thou canst not, speak too. If charnel-houses and our graves must send those that we bury back, our monuments shall be the maws of kites" ( Macbeth by William Shakespeare). According to the text, Macbeth is the only who can see the ghost which gives hint to the psychological guilt that he is facing. Agreeing, it is also noted that another symptom of schizophrenia is "strongly held beliefs that are not based in reality" and "bizarre behaviors" (A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia).
In the light of Macbeth, it is easy to see that he also suffered from another mental disorder called bipolar disorder. "Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression" (A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia).

Works Cited

* "Schizophrenia". Laith Farid Gulli, Edward R. Rosick, and The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. Ed. Brigham Narins. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Detroit: ...

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