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What is Macbeth's lie to Banquo about the witches predictions in Act 2 scene 1?

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marizza2508 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 11, 2008 at 9:47 AM via web

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What is Macbeth's lie to Banquo about the witches predictions in Act 2 scene 1?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 11, 2008 at 10:43 AM (Answer #1)

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As soon as the witches give their predictions about Macbeth being king, Macbeth begins to think of little else. However, in Act 2, Scene1, he encounters Banquo. Banquo mentions the witches but Macbeth lies and says, "I think not of them" (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 21). In truth, he has been thinking all about their prophecy and has even been discussing it with Lady Macbeth. The reason he lies is to throw Banquo off and hope that Banquo will be suspect Macbeth if Duncan dies. Macbeth even goes so far as to suggest that he and Banquo could work together. Banquo replies that is fine as long it doesn't tarnish his honor. So Macbeth quickly wishes him a good night.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 11, 2008 at 10:53 AM (Answer #2)

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Macbeth did not lie to Banquo about the witches predictions in this act, or scene.  Banquo tells Macbeth that he has had nightmares about the witches perdictions.  Macbeth responds that they haven't bothered him, but they could talk more later.  Macbeth in truth had been bothered about the witches.  You can find more to this in the link below.

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christine7 | Student | eNoter

Posted October 30, 2008 at 9:23 AM (Answer #3)

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To see if Mcduffs loyaltyyy

                  -im a 7th grader i know that not to be mean go over it

 

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