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Act Four

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Double double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble
The witches chant in unison and their language is sinister and dark
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes
The Witches foresee Macbeth's arrival and is now introduced as an evil man
Beware Macduff
The First apparition warns Macbeth
For none of woman born shall harm Macbeth
The second apparition gives a confusing message which leads Macbeth to assume he is safe
Macbeth never shall vanquished be, until Great Birnam Wood... shall come against him
The third apparition is another confusing and ambiguous message that reassures Macbeth
The very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand
Macbeth vows to now act on impulse and continue to murder without thought or hesitation
Th'expedition of my violent love outran the pauser, reason
Macbeth admits he has killed the guards and claims his rage affected him before reasoned thoughts did.
Did you say all? All my pretty chickens?
Macduff highlights that it is acceptable for powerful men to feel emotion, as he despairs over the death of his family