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I don't know if there is more research that could be done on Fleance. For example, do any of the many volumes on Macbeth itself have a few stray lines on Fleance? The "Analysis" section just seems a little thin right now.
I'll dig around. Wrad (talk) 22:44, 19 November 2008 (UTC)
Whew! Done. Although now it probably needs another copy-edit. Wrad (talk) 23:50, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
Looks good to me. --Xover (talk) 00:44, 22 November 2008 (UTC)
Is there an image or quote you could put at the top of the article?
Fleance and Banquo are mentioned in Holinshed's Chronicles. - Explain to the reader unfamiliar with the Chronicles what they are. I don't think this information should only be mentioned in the lead, as the lead is supposed to be a summary of what is in the rest of the article.
Marvin Rosenberg argues that the tension that exists between Fleance and Macbeth is made stronger by the fact that Macbeth has a child: his motive is not just greed but also fatherly ambition - It is hard for the reader of this article to understand the greed part - we need a little more information on Macbeth's motivations. We haven't heard about greed yet - we have only heard about ambition.
Some productions of Macbeth show this tenderness by having the title character frequently pat Fleance on the head, or attempt to do so, but be denied it when Fleance withdraws to his father. - sentence is hard to follow
Scholars have interpreted this to mean that Banquo has been dreaming of murdering the king as Macbeth's accomplice in order to take the throne for his son, Fleance, as the Three Witches prophesied to him - I don't quite follow
They argue that Banquo is merely setting aside his sword for the night, but when Macbeth approaches, Banquo, having had dreams about Macbeth's deeds, takes back his sword as a precaution. - Explain more clearly - what deeds? Why does he need to take precautionary measures?
Hmm. This doesn't match my recollection, and the cited source looks like a popular press edition of four of Shakespeare's plays. Can we perhaps find a scholarly edition to cite this to? --Xover (talk) 23:01, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
The source I just added covers it, actually. Paul, Henry N. Wrad (talk) 23:03, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
Hi there, not sure how to fix this but Fleance DID exist as did his father. See The Forgotten Monarchy of Scotland by Michael James Alexander Stewart. (page 40 and 41 and pages 44 and 45). Cheers Tania —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tania Roxborogh (talk • contribs) 23:03, 12 July 2010 (UTC)
''Macbeth thematizes the rivalries between pairs of father and son: Banquo and Fleance, Macduff and his son, Macbeth and his. Theater expert Marvin Rosenberg argues that the tension that exists between Fleance and Macbeth is made stronger by the fact that Macbeth has a child: his motive is not just selfish striving, but also fatherly ambition. All that Macbeth does to Fleance and Banquo is for the sake of his own son. Some productions of Macbeth show this tenderness by having the title character attempt to pat Fleance on the head, when Fleance withdraws to his father's side. 
The above paragraph, the first in the Analysis section, is problematic. Rosenberg is explicitly putting forward an alternative interpretation of Macbeth that posits that the title character has a son. There is no explicit mention in the play of such a son, and indeed, Macduff's line at 4.3.216, "He has no children," is often interpreted as referring to Macbeth.--Trystan (talk) 05:30, 27 July 2010 (UTC)