Asked • 07/03/19

Is Macbeth or Lady Macbeth the real villain in Shakespeare's play?

In Shakespeare's play *Macbeth*, it is Macbeth himself, the eponymous antihero, who meets the witches upon the heath and first conceives the idea to murder his king. It is he who kills Duncan, seizes the throne, has Macduff's family and his friend Banquo killed too, and holds onto power until he is finally killed by Macduff at the end of the play. But much of this is done only due to the urging of his wife, Lady Macbeth, who scorns his 'weakness' whenever he hesitates in performing foul deeds. For example: > MACBETH: We will proceed no further in this business: He hath honour'd me of late; and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon. > [...] > LADY MACBETH: When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man. > <sub>-- [Act I, Scene VII](http://shakespeare.mit.edu/macbeth/macbeth.1.7.html)</sub> **Is it Macbeth or Lady Macbeth who's the true villain of the play?** -

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Camilo P. answered • 07/05/19

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Heather W. answered • 07/03/19

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