21st November 2019


What is the meaning of the quote by the pricking of my thumbs something wicked this way comes?

pricking of one's thumbs. The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. pricking of one's thumbs an intuitive feeling, a foreboding, often with allusion to the words of the Second Witch in Shakespeare's Macbeth (1606) as Macbeth approaches, 'By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.'

Furthermore, what is the meter of double double toil and trouble?

It seems Shakespeare is changing his style to separate the witches from the rest of the pack. The nobles speak in iambic pentameter. The commoners speak in prose (or lines with no meter.) And the witches speak in trochaic tetrameter, with rhymes to boot.

What is in the cauldron in Macbeth?

Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron 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 howlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

What will happen to fleance?

In 3.1 Macbeth hires murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Although Banquo is murdered, Fleance escapes. The witches' prophecy that the royal family would continue through the line of Banquo is therefore confirmed as possible. Fleance is not mentioned again in the play.
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