True or false: Macbeth orders the death of Fleance because the witches said Banquo would be father to a line of kings. true or false

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A few corrections are in order:

Yes, the statement is true, but the answer above has it a bit backwards (probably just a proofreading error): Macbeth orders the murder of both Banquo and his young son, Fleance. The murderers are able to complete only half of their job: they...

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A few corrections are in order:

Yes, the statement is true, but the answer above has it a bit backwards (probably just a proofreading error): Macbeth orders the murder of both Banquo and his young son, Fleance. The murderers are able to complete only half of their job: they succeed in killing Banquo, but, in the dark of night, Fleance escapes.

This all takes place just before (or even during) a formal dinner that King Macbeth is throwing for himself in his castle.

Furthermore, Macbeth does not think that he will ever have any children, so the attempted murder of Fleance is done out of jealousy of what had been promised to Banquo by the witches.

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This statement is true.  Macbeth does have Fleance killed (and tries to have Banquo killed) for this reason.

In Act I, Scene 3 of this play, Banquo and Macbeth meet three witches.  These three witches foretell that Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland.  They say that Banquo will not be a king but will be the father of kings.

Later on in the play, Macbeth has become king by killing King Duncan.  He now decides that he should kill Banquo and Fleance so that his own sons will be kings after him.

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