In Act 1 Scene 3 of Macbeth the real action of the play begins. In the first scene we meet the witches and in the second we are introduced to Macbeth. It is only in the third scene the two parties meet and the story develops. The witches inform Macbeth of the three prophecies: that he will become thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. They also predict that Banquo “shall get kings” but he will not become king himself meaning his sons will become kings. Macbeth and Banquo don’t believe the witches and think they are tripping on some “insane root”. The witches’ predictions awaken the ambition in Macbeth which drives him to insane measure throughout the rest of the play until his death.