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Macbeth's Descent Into Madness In Shakespeare's play Macbeth, the character Macbeth descends into madness. Macbeth's descent into madness first began using the witch's prediction. If he had never met the witches none of the trouble could have happened. Macbeth is viewed as a "valiant cousin, and worthy gentleman" (I, ii, 24). He's a brave warrior who is well respected in his area, until the witches prophesied to him which he'd one day become king (I, iii, 50). Macbeth interprets that he should act to fulfill the prophecy. He sends a letter to lady Macbeth asking exactly what to do. She suggests that he should kill Duncan. Macbeth follows the program and also kills Duncan (II, ii, 15). Directly after the murder Macbeth can no longer say amen (II, iii, 31-33). Macbeth also finds a voice in his mind say, "sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep"(II, ii, 35, 36). For the remaining portion of the drama Macbeth suffers from sleeplessness. When Macbeth was surprised by Duncan's death he says, " Had I but died an hour before this chance, I'd lived a blessed time, for, from that moment, there's nothing serious in mortality. (II, iii, 92-95) he is saying that when he'd died before he murdered Duncan he would have lived a excellent life, but now that he's committed suicide, life is merely a game and nothing else is important anymore. All these are suicidal ideas and show how his grip on reality has considerably slipped. Macbeth shows signs of acute mental deterioration if he sees a dagger appear before him, but doesn't understand if it's true or not (II, I, 35-40), later on in his address he says his other sensations made his eyes look foolish or else they are the only reliable senses (II, '', 44-46) Macbeth shows more signs of descent when he states Duncan is luc...