Macbeth id ego superego are usually conflicted between two decisions, whether or not to do it the factors that lead to their decision making or actions are conscious and unconscious these conscious and unconscious decision makers are called the superego, ego, and id. Freud placed emphasis on sexuality and the oedipus complex, which is the idea of repressed sexual feelings toward a parent of opposite sex he also defined three levels of the subconscious mind: the ego, the super-ego, and the id barry explains that the stages align with “the consciousness, the conscience, and the unconscious” respectively (93.
Macbeth in the tragedy of macbeth, lady macbeth has strong id characteristics, and is not well balanced because her superego is severely out-weighed by her id the id, superego, and ego are the 3 parts of a person s psychological make up, accoring to freudian psychology.
The ego can be described as the arbitrator between the impulsive id and the cautious superego (mcleod 2) primarily macbeth and lady macbeth a loyal and courageous man and the superego” the superego is supposed to control the desires coming from the id and keep it from performing acts that go against the norms of society murder (ciccarelli and white 439) trying to avoid pain at all costs self-preservation. This explains his ability to murder as his id and super ego are continuously in battle with no mediation from the ego (p 222) thus, he is constantly punished before, during, and after each act he commits macbeth continues to degrade as the murders progress he begins hallucinating, seeing ghosts and hearing noises.
The “ego” is the set of psychic functions such as judgment, tolerance, reality testing, control, planning, defense, synthesis of information, intellectual functioning, and memory, also known as our source of reason and common sense (id, ego, super ego, wikipedia. In his essay, “macbeth: drama and dream”, simon o lesser goes even further to suggest that macbeth is only able to kill due to his crippled ego (lesser p 221.
Macbeth, himself, is frequently in conversation with his superego while he tries to sort out what to do and why to do it or not do it the ego is the integrated psyche of the personality, that which rationally and emotively interacts with and reacts on the conscious level to the reality it is immersed in. The ego is the part of us that is most concerned with reality, with somehow reconciling the desires and impulses of the unconscious id with restrictions of the conscious superego, the part that mediates between the two.
Ego/super-ego in macbeth people occasionally fall ill precisely when a deeply-rooted and long-cherished wish has come to fulfillment the id is the first to develop in a person it is based on freud's pleasure principle, and wants whatever feels good at the time, with no consideration for other people or reality. However, since macbeth does decide to kill duncan, it appears that the id triumphs in the end this analysis went much better than i initially thought it would as i read through act i, i discovered so many references to psychoanalytic theory that it was unbelievable.