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Do Banquo's descendants become kings?

In the Witches' original prophecy, they proclaim that Macbeth will be king but that Banquo's son and descendants will be the future kings, while Banquo will never be king himself.

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How does Banquo relate to kingship?

Common Questions about Kingship and History in Macbeth

Banquo is thought to be the ancestor of the Kings of Scotland. The then King of England, King James was also the erstwhile King of Scotland; thus Banquo was the ancestor of King James.

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How does Banquo react to Macbeth becoming king?

In Act 3, scene 1, Banquo's soliloquy reveals that he is suspicious of Macbeth, who, in becoming king, has achieved all that the Witches promised for him. Banquo senses that Macbeth engaged in foul play in order to make the Witches' prophecy come true.

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Is Banquo loyal to the King?

He is kind and caring, loyal and trustworthy.

Like Macbeth he fights bravely for King Duncan but does not involve himself with the murder plot.

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Will Banquo decedents be future monarchs?

The third witch prophesizes that Banquo will never be king, but that his sons will be future kings (1.3. 64–65). While Macbeth's prophecy about kingship is ambiguous because the witches did not tell him how he is to become king, Banquo's prophecy about kingship is clear. He is never going to become king.

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What happens to Banquo's son?

Ironically Fleance, Banquo's son, is the only child to escape the clutches of Macbeth's hired murderers. He runs away in Act 3 Scene 3 and is never seen again. The play is silent on the eventual fate of Fleance, leading directors in recent years to fill in the gaps and bring him back in the final scene.

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Who becomes king at the end of Macbeth?

Malcolm becomes King

Macduff presents Macbeth's severed head to Malcolm as proof that he has killed the tyrant. He hails Malcolm as the new King of Scotland.

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Who shows kingship in Macbeth?

The theme of kingship is important and the play presents examples of good and bad rule in the form of Duncan and Macbeth. Duncan is presented as a just and fair king. He rewards his men with honours and makes Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. When Macbeth contemplates killing Duncan in Act I Scene 7 he lists Duncan's virtues.

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Does Macbeth become King before killing Banquo?

Macbeth becomes King of Scotland but is plagued by feelings of insecurity. He remembers the prophecy that Banquo's descendants will inherit the throne and arranges for Banquo and his son Fleance to be killed. In the darkness, Banquo is murdered, but his son escapes the assassins.

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What does Banquo assume after Macbeth is crowned King?

Banquo is the only other person who knows of the meeting with the witches and he would assume that it was Macbeth who killed the King. The witches also said that Banquo would beget kings but he himself would never be king after Macbeth, and so Macbeth decides that Banquo is a threat to him.

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