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In Macbeth, for the quote "Let light not see my  black deep desires" identify any...

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ali321 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM via web

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In Macbeth, for the quote "Let light not see my  black deep desires" identify any language devices and analyze the quote.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM (Answer #1)

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This phrase actually contains personification of stars and a metaphor for evil.

“Stars hide your fires” is personification.  The stars are being asked to give Macbeth darkness, so no one can see his “black and deep desires.”  Calling his desires black and deep is a metaphor, because the thoughts are not literally dark, but he is saying they are dark because they are evil.  Here “dark” is a metaphor for evil.  His thoughts are evil because he needs to commit murder in order to get what he wants.

In Act I, Scene 5, Macbeth discovers that he has been named Thane of Cawdor, as the witches promised, but he has not been named Duncan’s successor.  Macbeth says that the prince is in his way.

The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step(55)

On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,

For in my way it lies. (enotes etext p. 18)

The current prince, Malcolm, is in his way.  Macbeth needs to be king.  He needs to kill Duncan and get rid of Malcolm, the prince, in order to do it.  This is the evil and dark thought he does not want anyone to see.

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