Who is more responsible for the murder of King Duncan? Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?

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The answer to this question is subjective. It is up to individual audience members to determine who is more to blame. The key to answering this question is defending your opinion. You might be able to get away with saying that they are both to blame in equal parts, but the question is phrased in a way that seems to indicate that you have to pick one or the other.

Lady Macbeth certainly does deserve some of the blame. She is just as guilty of having her extreme ambition push her to do amoral things. She is fully aware of what she could have and what she could do if she was the wife of a king, and so she pushes her husband into killing Duncan and comes up with a plan for the murder. Macbeth knows that he can commit regicide to become king, but he isn't sure how to get away with it. Lady Macbeth solves that problem. Even with a solid plan, Macbeth convinces himself not to go through with it. It isn't until Lady Macbeth berates him that he changes his mind and goes through with the assassination....

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