In the play, Macbeth, what does lady Macbeth think of her husband?

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Lady Macbeth thinks differently of her husband at different times in the play, depending on the situation. In Act 1, scene 5, after she has received his letter, she expresses pride at his achieving the title Thane of Cawdor. However, she feels that her husband is too gentle and kind to drive his ambition further, for the witches had also told him that he would be 'king hereafter.' Lady Macbeth thinks that her husband does not have the ruthlessness required in achieving such a lofty goal, for, surely, he can only become king if he should do so by foul means. She states:

...yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great;
Art not without ambition, but without
The illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly,
That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false,
And yet wouldst wrongly win:

She knows that Macbeth is ambitious, but she also recognizes that he does not have the malevolence required to achieve what he wants. She wishes...

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