Today in class we took notes on Sigmund Freud, maybe the most famous psychologist in history and the guy whose statue sits in Clark’s Red Square.
After reading act 1 scene 7 today (1.7), we talked about one of Lady Macbeth’s most analyzed lines:
“I have given suck and know how tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me.
I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from its boneless gums
And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done this.” (1.7.54)
Put yourself in Freud’s shoes and do some psychoanalyzing of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. How do we see Freudian ideas represented in both of their characters? What are her own motivations for her ambition to make her husband king, and why do you think he follows? Write your “diagnosis” in the comments.