What does Macbeth mean when he says, "Stars hide your fires.....?



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Macbeth is thinking about how he wants to be king. He knows that he will have to kill Duncan in order to do that. "Stars, hide your fires" refers to Macbeth wanting to hide his desires and intentions from both others and himself. He wants the blanket of darkness to hide the fire of malice inside of him. Macbeth knows that murder is wrong but he wants to feel that he is good a person. The night that’s illuminated here is not only the physical darkness of the sky but also the internal darkness of not facing up to one’s own immoral longings.


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