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In Act 1, scene 3, what does the first witch and the second witch say they have been...

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rachiebabes09 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 6, 2011 at 5:20 AM via web

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In Act 1, scene 3, what does the first witch and the second witch say they have been doing? 

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:16 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act  I scene 3 we again see the witches.  The Second Witch tells her sister witches that she has been off killing a pig.  The first witch says that she say a sailor's wife eating chestnuts, and when she asked for some, the wife told her no and to get away.

A sailor’s wife had chestnuts in her lap, And munched, and munched, and munched. “Give me,” quoth I. “Aroint thee, witch!” the rump-fed runnion cries. Her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o' th' Tiger; But in a sieve I’ll thither sail, And like a rat without a tail, I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do.

 

The witches then conspire to mess with the winds so that her husband never makes it home.  This shows us how the witches meddle in people's lives; an important fact since they're setting MacBeth's fate into motion.

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