I am writing an essay on Shakespeare’s Othello and need a fitting word that means something along the lines of breaking something that is already broken as a result of other means. My phrase is:
[...] drove the blade deep into his ____ heart.
I need a word there that describes the fragile state of the heart after it has been (emotionally) broken through love (in a bad way) and is about to be killed through a physical object. In this case, the blade being pushed into the man’s chest.
Hopefully my question makes sense, I am struggling to put my thoughts into text but if you need any clarification, please ask.