Fleance is the son of Banquo. Macbeth sees him as a threat because of the weird sisters’ prophecy that Banquo’s descendants will rule Scotland one day.

While Fleance is alive, Macbeth can never truly be sure of his security as king.


Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!

— Act III, scene 3

Need to know

• Accompanies his father, Banquo, to Macbeth’s castle

Hears Macbeth and Banquo talk about the weird sisters

Attacked by three murderers

• Attacked by three murderers but escapes

Key quote

The moon is down; I have not heard the clock 

— Act II, scene 1

Also called

— Act II, scene 1

Banquo’s issue
— Act III, scene 1

good Fleance 
— Act III, scene 3

his Fleance
— Act III, scene 2

the seed of Banquo
— Act III, scene 1