Why does Macbeth seek the witches in Act III?

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In Act Three, Scene 4, Macbeth learns that Fleance escaped the assassins, which disturbs and worries him. He is no longer confident that he will cement his reign as King of Scotland for an extended period of time and fears that Banquo's descendants will still inherit the throne. Later on in the scene, Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost at the banquet, which further increases his anxiety. When the Scottish lords leave the banquet, Macbeth tells his wife that he will visit the Three Witches again in order to learn more about his future. At this point in the play, Macbeth is concerned about his own well-being and is motivated...

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He wants to know about his future and wants to know if he would get the crown after killing Duncan but the witches show him that there is someone else coming in his way.

 

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He seeks the witches because he is power-hungry and the witches had told him prophecies before, so he wants to find out more information. Also, because  Fleance got away, he is paranoid.

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