The introspective aspect in Hamlet manifests itself in the play when Hamlet delays killing the king with an excuse that the timing was not perfect. Instead, he takes that time to pray and clear his conscience. The reasons for Hamlet not killing Claudius are logical and subtle –too subtle, considering Claudius enormity deeds and Hamlet’s virtual certainty since he possesses guilt. His heart does not seem to convince him.Hamlet is finally able to overcome his anxiety through perpetual introspection. In Act V, he comes back from exile a changed man; rational, calm and death is the least of his worries and leaves everything to destiny.In Macbeth’s play, Macbeth sees a vision of a dagger and this vision is always interpreted as a symptom of a psychological disorder in Macbeth. Lady Macbeth considers both the Banquo’s ghost and the daggers as just as the paintings of Macbeth’s fear, by invoking the psychological causes of Macbeth’s visions, such readings tell the reader that, through the vision, it is easy to tell a person’s state of mind. Furthermore, indeterminacy and complexity of Macbeth’s vision become apparent when he begins to understand how sensory perceptions are able to intersect with supernatural interpretations. Although the dagger is not in a tangible form, it is perceived to be there, and that shows a slippage between perception and reality. Psychology of the Murderers in Shakespeares Work.
Dutton, Richard, and Jean E. Howard. A Companion to Shakespeares Works. Malden, Mass: Blackwell, 2003. Print.
Shakespeare, William. Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet. , 2005. Internet resource
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