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How is Lady Macbeth cruel to Macbeth?

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Lady Macbeth is cruel to Macbeth because she wants him to be cruel, and to abandon both his fears and his sense of morality in order to kill King Duncan and seize the throne of Scotland that she sees as his destiny. Upon receiving word of Macbeth's encounter with the witches, Lady Macbeth says he is too full of the "milk of human kindness" to murder the king. She resolves to be full of "direst cruelty" in her efforts to push Macbeth...

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