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In Macbeth Act 1 scene 3: What are Macbeth's desires when he says "Stars, hide...

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princess-snow... | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 9, 2007 at 1:53 AM via web

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In Macbeth Act 1 scene 3: What are Macbeth's desires when he says "Stars, hide your fires, Let not light see my black and deep desires."

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angelacress | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted April 9, 2007 at 2:02 AM (Answer #1)

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In this quote Macbeth is referring to his desire to usurp the throne of Scotland by any means possible.

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted April 9, 2007 at 4:19 AM (Answer #2)

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This passage is important because it shows premeditation on Macbeth's part. Somewhere he suspects that his "black" heart will be revealed, and the universe (God) will know of his crimes. But he is not sure. Hedging his bets, Macbeth hopes that there is no God, and his crimes will go unpunished. Still, he does not want the "stars" to see; he does not want their light ("the fires") to illuminate either his deed or his soul. His "deep desires" are for power and the throne at whatever cost, even the cost of his immortal soul.

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prhodes | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 24, 2007 at 9:59 PM (Answer #4)

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He refers to his ambition to be the king, and his decision to kill the rightful king, Duncan, in order to achieve this.

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fatboy65 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2007 at 3:43 AM (Answer #5)

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He really wants to be the king so he decides to kill the rightful king duncan to acheive being king.

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zachneef | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2007 at 3:44 AM (Answer #6)

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He wants to be the king, and his decision to kill the rightful king, Duncan, in order to be the kin.

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lphillippo | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2007 at 3:49 AM (Answer #7)

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Macbeth previously was musing in a soliloquy about the his gaining the cawdor-ship just as the wiches predicted.  Then he began to muse about the kingship about which the wiches also spoke.  He then said "hide your fires" because he was ashamed of his insatiable human desire for power and wealth.  He reveals his heroic nature by quoting his desires "black" and being ashamed of them.

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britrenn | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2007 at 3:55 AM (Answer #8)

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dont let people see how you really are. He doesnt want anyone to see how he really is and really acts.

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spartacus | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2007 at 3:56 AM (Answer #9)

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i think Macbeth desires that his status and his loyal facade will hide his passion to kill Duncan and take his place as king.

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story33 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2008 at 7:44 PM (Answer #10)

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 he is tell his deep secrets

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pooppp | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted November 22, 2009 at 12:15 AM (Answer #11)

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it means that Macbeth wants his evil and dark desires and ambition to be kept away from anyone knowing hence he tells the stars to hide their brightness so that his desires are not illuminated and are kept a secret

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He will not become King if his desires are known

he would face terrible consequences if anyone found out about his amibition or desires

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eclipsex | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 8, 2010 at 12:49 AM (Answer #12)

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Macbeth will be ruined if his secrets were known and this will be Macbeths downfall

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