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TOPIC: Banquo doesn't beget a race of kings???

Banquo doesn't beget a race of kings??? 1 year 7 months ago #7116

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What happened to the prophecy that Banquo would beget a race of kings? His ghost, holding a mirror, is at the end of the line of kings that appears to Macbeth but what king does he beget?
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Banquo doesn't beget a race of kings??? 1 year 7 months ago #7117

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The prophecy from the Third Witch is that he shall "get kings" in 1.3:
Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.
So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!

"Get" is "beget" here. You might be confusing the "beget a race of kings" from Richard III. In the above passage, it can mean to "father" (not in the literal sense).
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Banquo doesn't beget a race of kings??? 1 year 7 months ago #7118

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Not confusing them at all.
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Banquo doesn't beget a race of kings??? 1 year 7 months ago #7119

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OK, so is the passage I pasted above the one you're referring to?
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Banquo doesn't beget a race of kings??? 1 year 7 months ago #7120

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Yes.
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Banquo doesn't beget a race of kings??? 1 year 7 months ago #7121

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Banquo's son, Fleance, escapes the murder attempt and goes to Wales. There he had a son who begets the line of Stuarts, kings of Scotland. So the witch's prophecy has been fulfilled.
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Banquo doesn't beget a race of kings??? 1 year 7 months ago #7122

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Ah, ha. That explains it. Thanks. I didn't know that Fleance was the progenitor of the Stewart line. Thanks!
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