I am writing an essay about how the witches were one of the most important components that Shakespeare utilized in Macbeth and i need help with quotesAny help would be appreciated because i dont...

I am writing an essay about how the witches were one of the most important components that Shakespeare utilized in Macbeth and i need help with quotes

Any help would be appreciated because i dont have my book and i need some quotes with the act, scene and line numbers.

my three arguments for my essay are:
-the witches were the catalyst in Macbeths downfall
-they contributed to the mood of the play
-they helped to develop an evil image for woman

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This website provides the entire text of the most well-known scene with the witches from the play (Act IV, Scene 1):

http://www.potw.org/archive/potw283.html

I have also included it below. The rhyming, rhythmic imagery of poison and death provides a very strong tonal quality for the play and holds the key to explaining many of Macbeth's actions, if one chooses to believe he was susceptible to the witches' influence, or at the very least, sought out their help to assist in his rise to power. Lady Macbeth is a kind of character double for the witches, as her act of murder is ruthless and premeditated, painting her as another evil influence on Macbeth.

A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.

Enter the three Witches.

1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd. 
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd. 
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis time! 
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go; 
In the poison'd entrails throw.— 
Toad, that under cold stone, 
Days and nights has thirty-one; 
Swelter'd venom sleeping got, 
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot! 
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn, and caldron bubble. 
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake, 
In the caldron boil and bake; 
Eye of newt, and toe of frog, 
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, 
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, 
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,— 
For a charm of powerful trouble, 
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. 
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn, and caldron bubble. 
3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf; 
Witches' mummy; maw and gulf 
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark; 
Root of hemlock digg'd i the dark; 
Liver of blaspheming Jew; 
Gall of goat, and slips of yew 
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse; 
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips; 
Finger of birth-strangled babe 
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,— 
Make the gruel thick and slab: 
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron, 
For the ingrediants of our caldron. 
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn, and caldron bubble. 
2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon's blood, 
Then the charm is firm and good.

 

 

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