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In Act III, scene I , what does Banquo suspect about Macbeth?I am really confused on...

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Posted November 18, 2007 at 5:59 AM via web

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In Act III, scene I , what does Banquo suspect about Macbeth?

I am really confused on this question , it shows me to answers but I don't know which one of them is the right one, I think Banquo suspect Macbeth because he thinks he will plan to kill him, or I think because Banquo fears he is going to kill his son, so please read my question and answer as best as you can.

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 18, 2007 at 6:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Banquo suspects that Macbeth is behind Duncan's murder and is plotting his , as well. Banquo comes to the realization that the witches prophecy has come true for Macbeth, and now he wants for their prophecy about his own sons being king to come true. When Macbeth questions him on his plans, Banquo realizes that Macbeth is not really his friend anymore.

Banquo suspects that Macbeth will try to stop that prophecy from coming true, and decides to act as if nothing has changed between them, but proceed cautiously.  

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 18, 2007 at 7:26 AM (Answer #2)

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Banquo, thinking aloud in a soliloquey, says to himself/the audience, "I think you have come about your title most foully."  Banquo also remembers the witches' prophecy that Macbeth will be king, but not Banquo.  However, Banquo's sons will be kings, and not Macbeth's.  So, at this point, Banquo suspects Macbeth has killed Duncan and he probably also is worried about himself and his son, Fleance.

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