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Why do the witches tell Banquo his sons will be kings if Malcom becomes king at the end and he’s Duncan’s son?
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Apparently Banquo was one of James I's ancestors so it reinforces his right to be king, and reduces his unpopularity. Also, you could probably say something about Banquo also being ambitious so the witches were also trying to deceive him and bring his downfall. -These might be a bit too far to argue but it's all i could think of!
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Apparently Banquo was one of James I's ancestors so it reinforces his right to be king, and reduces his unpopularity. Also, you could probably say something about Banquo also being ambitious so the witches were also trying to deceive him and bring his downfall. -These might be a bit too far to argue but it's all i could think of!
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Why do the witches tell Banquo his sons will be kings if Malcom becomes king at the end and he’s Duncan’s son?
Banquo is also ambitious and so it shows that the witches were trying to manipulate Banquo into doing something to achieve this. Banquo's ambition is paralleled with Macbeth's and so it shows the comparison between acting upon and not acting upon ambition as a result of the witches' predictions.

Also I think it's to make Macbeth uneasy - Macbeth seems to believe that the predictions are true and so it makes him paranoid to think that he is committing himself to eternal damnation (by killing a king) just for another man's son to be crowned King. This is reflected in the phrase 'fruitless crown' - Macbeth is resentful that he has worked so hard to get the throne and will not be able to pass it on to his own child.
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Banquo is also ambitious and so it shows that the witches were trying to manipulate Banquo into doing something to achieve this. Banquo's ambition is paralleled with Macbeth's and so it shows the comparison between acting upon and not acting upon ambition as a result of the witches' predictions.

Also I think it's to make Macbeth uneasy - Macbeth seems to believe that the predictions are true and so it makes him paranoid to think that he is committing himself to eternal damnation (by killing a king) just for another man's son to be crowned King. This is reflected in the phrase 'fruitless crown' - Macbeth is resentful that he has worked so hard to get the throne and will not be able to pass it on to his own child.
Ah that makes sense thanks a lot !!!
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