In what scene does Macbeth ask the murderers to kill Banquo and his son?

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In act 3, scene 1, Macbeth instructs Banquo to return in time for the extravagant banquet later that night and instructs two murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance, once Banquo leaves the scene. Macbeth perceives Banquo as his enemy and does not want the witches' prophecy regarding Banquo's descendants to come true. In a soliloquy, Macbeth acknowledges that if Banquo's descendants inherit the throne then he has sacrificed his soul and peace of mind for nothing. In order to cement his legacy as king and prevent Banquo's descendants from inheriting the throne, Macbeth instructs two murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance while they are out on their nighttime ride. Macbeth tells the murderers,

"I will advise you where to plant yourselves, Acquaint you with the perfect spy o' th' time, The moment on ’t; for ’t must be done tonight, And something from the palace; always thought That I require a clearness. And with him—To leave no rubs nor botches in the work—Fleance, his son, that keeps him company, Whose absence is no less material to me Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate Of that dark hour. Resolve yourselves apart" (Shakespeare, 3.1.133-143).

Macbeth is essentially telling the murderers that he will inform them of the perfect time to commit the crime and orders them to also kill Fleance. However, Macbeth's murderous plot does not go according to plan, and Fleance is able to escape.

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It is in act III, scene I that Macbeth hires two men to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance.

Remember that Macbeth wants Banquo and Fleance dead because they pose a threat to his position as king, as prophesied by the witches.

However, in order to persuade these two men to murder Banquo and Fleance, Macbeth must conceal the truth. He tells these men that Banquo is the source of all their unhappiness and bad fortune:

Know that it was he, in the times past, which held you so under fortune.

In other words, Macbeth is goading the men. He wants them to feel so much anger that they willingly murder Banquo and Fleance.

Thanks to Macbeth's persuasive arguments, the plan works. The two men agree to kill Banquo and Fleance. Macbeth says that he will make all the necessary arrangements. All the men have to do is wait for his command.

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