Macbeth part 1

Macbeth part 1 - Professor Rhonda Sanford ENGLISH 3573-3...

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Professor Rhonda Sanford ENGLISH 3573-3 Assignment 6: part 1 I have almost forgot the taste of fears: The time has been, my senses would have cool'd To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir As life were in't. I have supp'd full with horrors; Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts, Cannot once start me. (5.5.9-15) This brief speech confirms the attitudes that Macbeth has been portraying up through this later point in the play. He has become so callous that nothing can “start him.” He has become a murderer and blind with the vision of his own power mixed with the suspicion of others overthrowing him. He is desensitized to violence and the wrongs he has committed to others. The diction of the speech is extremely interesting as attention is pointed to the senses for his lack of feeling. He has forgotten the “taste of fears” as it is something one can develop a specific flavor for. He reflects that he has lost the ability to taste his fears and is perhaps providing a further commentary that he does
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