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Why didn't Light Yagami use the Shinigami eyes? Couldn't it have been an easy task for him? Was it his arrogance and overconfidence?

Alternatively, was he not willing to sacrifice half his lifespan, thinking it would be a loss for him?

Wouldn't it have been a wiser step to choose the Shinigami eyes and make life easier than playing and risking around his life?

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I think this was pretty obvious (no offense), since Light says so multiple times. Also, if you think about it carefully, there was not really an instance where the Shinigami's eyes would have given him an advantage. – Secret Dec 31 '13 at 3:34
@Secret, what are you saying? He would have killed L a long long time ago! Even he could have avoided that incidence with "N". Simply could have seen his face and then later written his name in note.. – InfantPro'Aravind' Dec 31 '13 at 8:08
one this I observed is he was damn confident about his capabilities and thinking power.. – InfantPro'Aravind' Dec 31 '13 at 8:09
Additional caveat: You don't even know your original lifespan before you agree for the deal. If you're past halfway, you fall dead the moment the agreement comes into effect! (which, considering Light's life was ended without that deal not all that much later, was the case!) – SF. Jan 24 '14 at 16:29
The issue of the Shinigami Eyes came up before L was involved with Light, iirc. – Maroon Jan 10 at 20:18
up vote 16 down vote accepted

From the Death Note Wikia:

Ryuk offers to make a deal with Light for the “Shinigami Eyes.” Light refuses the deal, stating that he needs to live in order to rule over his utopian world. He asks Ryuk if there is anything else that he should know about the Death Note, and Ryuk says probably not.

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