What quotes in Macbeth reveal Lady Macbeth's ambition and desire to be queen?

What quotes in Macbeth reveal Lady Macbeth's ambition and desire to be queen?

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There are several quotes that reveal Lady Macbeth's ambition and her desire to be queen. One pertinent example is when Lady Macbeth calls her husband a coward and tries to persuade him to kill King Duncan. She says, "Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem, letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would," Like the poor cat i' th' adage?" (1.7.41-45).


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Lady Macbeth is a character with two sides. One side is the ruthlessly ambitious woman who wants her husband to wear the crown of Scotland, no matter what it takes. For this, she is willing to "unsex" herself, as she puts it and is practically willing to sell her soul to the devil to achieve her goals. Beneath this, however, is a gentler, more stereotypically womanly side to her personality: the one which can't murder Duncan because he reminds her of her own father (though she is capable of goading Macbeth into it) and the side that is so overwhelmed with guilt that she later sleepwalks constantly...

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