The Witches of Eastwick is a play by William Shakespeare that takes place during the 16th century, which is known as the 'Glorious Revolution'. It was first staged in 1613 in London and has been revived many times over the years to the extent that it is now available to audiences from all parts of the world. The main character is Ebenezer Scrooge, who is a former slave who is brought up by his master's widow.
The witches of Eastwick, strange potions, ridiculous spells, and rhymed verse make them appear slightly silly, like caricatures of witches in fairy tales. Despite the silly nature of their recipes and their strange appearance, however, they actually are the most evil characters in the play, being highly powerful and utterly evil (3.3).
The title of the play refers to a group of female witches who make up the cast of characters in The Witches of Eastwick. The four main witches are named Fagin, the Brat, Vixen, and Verulam. These four witches become the main source of the misery of Scrooge throughout the play. In fact, they represent the four cardinal sins that are committed by all witches. Their sole purpose is to cause pain and suffering to the person who comes into their path. They are not subtle about their intentions and have a complete control over who they inflict pain on and when.
Because of these intentions, Scrooge is the victim of almost all their misdeeds and the main character in The Witches of Eastwick. These include burning him alive, turning his wife into a dog, using an eye patch to change his color, using magic to create a great depression and an icy wall that separates him from the world. The most notorious crime against the man who becomes Ebenezer Scrooge is the burning of his house at the stake. In addition to being burned alive, he is forced to eat one of his most prized possessions, his golden egg.
In addition to these acts of cruelty, the witches also make several attempts to gain wealth, including by throwing coins and fake bills into Scrooge's hat. They are all unsuccessful. In a final desperate act of cruelty, they try to poison the blood of his dog, but they fail. Finally, though, one of the witches, the Brat makes an effort to poison Scrooge by offering him a piece of cake that contains rat poison, although this does not kill him.
The Witch of the Waste is the name given to the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in this play. The name, however, can also be applied to the other women involved in the story. The other witches are called the Brat, Vixen, Vix, and Verulam, who have several roles to play in The Witches of Eastwick. While none of them have anything to do with Ebenezer Scrooge, all three of them were instrumental in the actions that eventually lead to the demise of Scrooge.