What Does Night Time Symbolize?


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Uzair Ahmed answered
The meanings of symbols vary from writer to writer and literature to literature and same is the case with the symbol of night time. For example, night time can be representation of serenity and calmness for one writer but can be a source of evil and unrest for another writer.
Generally in English Literature, night time is associated with gloominess, sadness and disparity. Some of the writers like Ibsen and Chekhov have also used night time as a time of transition in terms of day and night. Similarly some writers use it as a source of depicting some character's personality. Moreover, writers like Thomas Hardy use night time as a time of devastation in which the characters are usually destroyed by nature. Mostly, in Hardy's novels we see the major characters dyeing in night time.
In the Shakespearean world, tragedies mostly start in the night time. Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet all start in the night time. In Hamlet, we see super natural element appearing in the night time. Late King Hamlet's ghost appears in the night time and tells the story of his murder in the night time. In this play night is used to create certain tension in front of the audience, so that there attention may be captured right from the very beginning of the play.
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Anonymous answered
It can symbolize:
A) the unconscious side of one's personality
b) evil and darkness
c) all that is secret and mysterious
d) it depends on the person. Night can symbolize a different thing for each person.
Generally, think of day and night: Opposites that contrast with each other. Night can symbolize any one side of a pair of opposites.
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Peacefulness, the idea of something being calm, and the bad times someone has. Death, crime, and evil are known to happen at night. Also, night can symbolize the idea of something being empty and endless. Everything is gone, and most things are asleep; unless, of co-use they are nocturnal.

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