Shakespeare bases most of act I on the prophecies of the three witches that open the play. The first words that Macbeth speaks, "so foul and fair a day i have not seen" mimics the witches opening line, "Fair is foul and foul is fair." Already, by Macbeth's first line, the reader can tell that what the witches say will be echoed by Macbeth. The witches' dark and mysterious aura foreshadows the rest of the play. When the Witches tell Macbeth that he will be Thane of Cawdor and King, Macbeth doesn't know whether to believe them. However, when he shortly after learns that he has become Thane of Cawdor, which the witches had said, he realizes that he also will be King. Macbeth believes it is his destiny to be King, and Act 1 after the prophesy unravels with Macbeth's internal conflict with his desire to be King. Shakespeare brings up the question of Macbeth's destiny with the witches, and shapes the act around it, using the witches to foreshadow the evil that is to come.