"All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!.
All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!.
All hail Macbeth, hail that shalt be king hereafter!".
When Macbeth and Banquo first met the witches after defeated the army of rebels in Act 1, Sc.3, the witches told the above. These three predictions were the starter of the evil Macbeth's rise and fall. Banquo has also heard these, but he had a different reaction. I am going to compare their reactions in order to find out their different characters.
When Macbeth first saw the witches, he was astonished. However, he showed out his intelligent of nobleman and general and calm down quickly. He asked the witches what they were. And he also asked about the three predictions, because he was curious, he wanted to know why he would become the Thane of Cardow or even king. The witches didn't answer, but they gave out another prediction which was Banquo would father kings. When Macbeth and Banquo were still confusing and wanted to ask more, the witches vanished.
Macbeth was completely confused, he didn't know how he could be the Thane of Cawdor. Because he knew the original one was still alive. At this time, Ross and Angus, the envoy of King Duncan came. They told Macbeth and Banquo the original Thane of Cawdor was killed because of betraying King Duncan. And King Duncan has awarded Macbeth the title as the reward of defeated the enemies. Macbeth was surprise, not only because he has been promoted, and also because the witches" prediction has come true. He started to think are the witches telling the truth. He started to think would he become king. Even Banquo has given him an advice, but he hasn't listened it. He started to think how he could be the king. Therefore, he constantly thought to murder the king. However, he also thought it was a terrible idea. He said he can't image why he would think about this horrible idea, but he couldn't escape from this dreadful imagining.