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Macbeth

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My Way of Life

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How does the language use in Macbeth's quote,

I have lived long enough. My way of life
is fall'n into the sere, the yellow leaf,
And that which should accompany old age,
I must not look to have.

...communicate his attitude toward life?

A

His words "my way of life" conveys that Macbeth believes the world no longer needs nor appreciates men like himself.

B

The declarative statement conveys a satisfied, confident tone that shows that Macbeth feels he has accomplished all that he wanted in life.

C

The symbolism of "yellow leaf" demonstrates a life of beauty and maturation, achieved only after much toil.

D

The word "sere" communicates an idea of feeling empty and unfulfilled, and Macbeth sees the "yellow leaf," symbolizing how close he came to obtaining his goals.

E

The word "sere" and the symbolism of the yellow leaf communicate a tired, depressed attitude toward life.