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what does shakes to my single state of man that function is smothered in sumise ,mean?
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I have looked up "sumise" in the dictionary but it doesn't come up. Difficult sentence. Some of Shakespeare's sentences are beautiful but difficult to work out what they mean. I think it means "submissive". Does anybody else have a clue?
What act/scene is it in?
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I would say it has sth to do with protection and control, too.
I think 'sumise' is a typo (typographic error, mistake).
I think it should be surmise; guess, supposition.

So, I think he is saying that his mind is clouded with uncertainty and supposition. BUT, I am only surmising!
The Witches meet Macbeth in the forest and tell him three prophecies.
This oracular information sets him off into a heavy mind spin.

The line you quoted is from the soliloquy that follows
in which Macbeth is contemplating murder and death.

In the 16th century, time of Shakespeare, the English language did not have a consensus writing system
and so there are many variations in word spellings in documents from those times.

I believe that he meant the word surmise where he wrote sumise?

Surmise means CONJECTURE, or GUESS.

Why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,
Against the use of nature? Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings:
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes to my single state of man that function
Is smother'd in surmise
, and nothing is
But what is not.
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Surmise = action is imprisoned by imagination.

The whole soliloquy is act 1, scene 3 lines 126 -141 I think.
Surmise = action is imprisoned by imagination.

The whole soliloquy is act 1, scene 3 lines 126 -141 I think.
Surmise = action is imprisoned by imagination.

The whole soliloquy is act 1, scene 3 lines 126 -141 I think.
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