Macbeth 07' - Katherine Novak Ms. Callahan British...

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Katherine Novak Ms. Callahan British Literature 5 January 2007 The Power of the Night In the tragedy, Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, there are many thematic ideas that progress throughout the book. The thematic idea, night, continues to convey the situation of evil more prominently as the play progresses. The meaning of the word night changes throughout Macbeth, which reinforces Shakespeare's theme of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth trying to control darkness, to them being scared and trying to hide from it. Throughout the first act of Macbeth, the word night is associated with darkness and evil. Shakespeare shows the evil that Macbeth is possessing by saying, "For in my way it lies. 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" (I.iv.50-4). The good half of me is try to stop the deed that I want to do. Night be so dark that even my eyes will not be able to see what I am going to do. This act is so evil that Macbeth is scared to see that he is killing King Duncan. Macbeth wants to control darkness to help him carry out his plan. Macbeth knows that the only way that he will carry through with the act is if he gets help from the evil darkness. In addition to Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is also thinking of acts that are much the same as her husband's. She says, "That my keen
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