In Macbeth, how do the prophecies of the witches affect each character and how does each interpret the individual prophecy?

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After the battle in which Macbeth defeats the traitorous Macdonwald, he and Banquo happen upon the three "weird [meaning "Destiny-serving"] sisters who make the predictions that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and "King thereafter!" and Banquo, who will not be king himself, will beget sons who will themselves be kings--"Lesser than Macbeth, and greater"(1.3.65). After hearing these predictions, Macbeth demands,

Say from whence
You owe this strange intelligence, or why
Upon this blasted heath you stop our way
With such prophetic greeting. Speak, I charge you. (1.76-79)
Then, when Angus and Ross arrive, Banquo and Macbeth are rather shaken that the prophesy of Macbeth's being named Thane of Cawdor has, indeed, come true.
Banquo. [Aside] What, can the devil speak true?...(1.3.108)
Macbeth. [Aside to Banquo] Do you not hope your children
                shall be kings,
                When those that gave the Thane of Cawdor to me

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