How is Macbeth and Banquo's relationship affected by the prophecies of the witches?

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Macbeth and Banquo have a good, positive relationship at the opening of the play. As generals in King Duncan's Scottish army, they fight together to defeat the Norwegians and rebellious Scots. Shortly after their victory, however, they encounter the witches, who make several prophecies. One is that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and king. When Banquo asks what the future holds for him, the witches say that he shall “. . . get 'kings,” which means that his descendants shall become kings.

At first, Banquo and Macbeth...

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