Can anyone help me do a thesis for a research paper? It has to do with relating Macbeth to sight and blindness.

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Much of Macbeth takes place in the dark, and both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth believe that the dark can hide their crimes. This play is filled with the struggle between light and darkness. Macbeth asks for darkness to hide his desires in Act I, and then darkness shrouds the night of the murder.  Macduff the hero of the play is the light that is brought to the final climactic battle with the dark - Macbeth.  The theme of light versus dark is the epic battle of good versus evil. Consider these quotes from the play:

Stars, hide your fires: Let not light see my black and deep desires; The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.  (1.4.50-53).  Macbeth speaking of his desires to be King as the witches prophesied.

Macbeth after the murder:  I'll go no more: I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on't again I dare not (2.2.47-49).  And his wife says back to him: the sleeping and the dead are but as pictures: 'tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil (2.2.50-52).

When Macbeth plans to kill Banquo and Fleance, he says: Come, seeling night, scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day; and with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear to pieces that great bond which keeps me pale! (3.2.50)  Footnotes to the play identify "seeling" as "blinding", so essentially, he's asking the night to hide his deeds again as he did when he murdered Duncan.

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