Why do we feel both sympathy and repulsion for Lady Macbeth?

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Ah, great question. Thinking about this lets us dig into the heart of the play.

We feel both emotions for Lady Macbeth because of the different strains the situation puts on her, and because of the way the different sides of her character come into play.

On the one hand, she is loyal to her husband, and wants him to be king. What...

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