The period in which darkness envelopes the earth is usually the time of choice for villains to conspire because nightfall acts like a shield to hide their actions. Dimness makes specific details indistinguishable, so nighttime provides security for criminals to elude justice by supplying natural camouflage. Hence, when Macbeth wishes to conceal his immoral thoughts of murder he utters, “Stars, hide your fires;/ Let not light see my black and deep desires” (Act I, scene iv, lines 57-58). He wants his unspeakable musings concerning the fate of saintly King Duncan to remain unseen. Even...
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...e atrocities to life is augmented by the eeriness which comes with the absence of light. When nocturnal creatures awaken, the villains in the play hatch their plans to kill. As night falls, weapons are used to carry out the work of the devil instead of to protect. Macbeth uses the darkness to his advantage to slay noble men while staying safe from just punishment. Lady Macbeth’s stress overwhelms her when she is fast asleep and contributes to her future suicide at night. When blackness is mentioned in the play, trouble cannot linger far behind. Night represents all the malevolent temptations to which mortals yield; therefore, desolation and devastation which result in catastrophe occur during that time in Macbeth.
Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Macbeth. Boston: D.C. Heath and Company, 1915. Google Books. Web. 3 Sept. 2015.
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