FearIn Shakespeare's Macbeth Macbeth himself recognizes that:
Present fearsIn Romeo and Juliet Juliet imagines waking up from her death-like sleep in a tomb with the bones of her ancestors, including the recently-murdered Tybalt. She knows the bones, smells and shrieks will be in her imagination but still exclaims:
Are less than horrible imaginings
O, if I wake, shall I not be distraught,
Environed with all these hideous fears?
|Shakespeare's famous exploration of the power of FEAR - Macbeth|
Laughing off fearsOf course Caesar in Julius Caesar is tricked into disbelieving his wife’s prophetic dreams that harm that will come his way on the Ides of March:
How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia!And off he trots to his assassination! And, more poignantly Lady Macduff debates the actions of her husband fleeing to England to enlist the aid of Malcolm in the fight against Macbeth and she thinks being afraid is traitorous:
I am ashamed I did yield to them.
ROSS: You must have patience, madam.
LADY MACDUFF: He had none:
His flight was madness; when our actions do not,
Our fears do make us traitors.