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In Macbeth Act 1 scene 3: What are Macbeth's desires when he says "Stars, hide...
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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.
Posted by jamie-wheeler on April 9, 2007 at 4:19 AM (Answer #2)
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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.
Posted by prhodes on April 24, 2007 at 9:59 PM (Answer #4)
He really wants to be the king so he decides to kill the rightful king duncan to acheive being king.
Posted by fatboy65 on September 27, 2007 at 3:43 AM (Answer #5)
He wants to be the king, and his decision to kill the rightful king, Duncan, in order to be the kin.
Posted by zachneef on September 27, 2007 at 3:44 AM (Answer #6)
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.
Posted by lphillippo on September 27, 2007 at 3:49 AM (Answer #7)
dont let people see how you really are. He doesnt want anyone to see how he really is and really acts.
Posted by britrenn on September 27, 2007 at 3:55 AM (Answer #8)
i think Macbeth desires that his status and his loyal facade will hide his passion to kill Duncan and take his place as king.
Posted by spartacus on September 27, 2007 at 3:56 AM (Answer #9)
he is tell his deep secrets
Posted by story33 on March 4, 2008 at 7:44 PM (Answer #10)
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
He will not become King if his desires are known
he would face terrible consequences if anyone found out about his amibition or desires
Posted by pooppp on November 22, 2009 at 12:15 AM (Answer #11)
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