THE THREE WITCHES: These three mischievous witches are the ones accountable for using charms and spells to show Macbeth prophecies of his future. They trick him into beleiving he is immortal which sends him on his murderous path throughout the play. Later they reveal the prophecy that would bring him to his downfall. They are servants of Hecate (the goddess of witchcraft, who helps the three witches achieve their plan). The witches predictions would eventually be a factor in leading Macbeth to murder Duncan, to order the deaths of Banquo and his son, and to believe in his own immortality, when really it was all false sense of security.