Macbeth Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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In Macbeth, why aren't Macbeth and Lady Macbeth happy being king and queen?

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There are several reasons why both Macbeth and his wife are unhappy in their esteemed positions of king and queen. After murdering King Duncan to take the Scottish throne, Macbeth fears that the witches' prophecy regarding Banquo and his descendants will come true. Macbeth becomes concerned about cementing his legacy and is preoccupied with killing Banquo and his son, Fleance, to prevent their descendants from ruling as future kings. Macbeth feels that assassinating King Duncan and damning his soul will not be worth anything if Banquo's descendants will simply inherit the throne.

Macbeth also fears his political opponents and develops into a paranoid, violent tyrant. Macbeth stations spies...

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