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Discuss the Fatal Flaws in the Characters of Othello and Macbeth.

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´╗┐Othello and Macbeth are both represented with a number of flaws, which inspire their inevitable downfalls, which were created by Shakespeare to highlight the many flaws of simple human nature. In Othello Iago nearly achieves his goals because of his unmatched ability to persuade and fabricate the truth, which leads to the death of sweet Desdemona and eventually Othello. ?Brave Macbeth? and ?Valiant Othello? are both noticeable heroes at the start of the play complying with the classical definitions of a tragic hero as presented by Aristotle who where the hero should be readily evident at the start of the play but the fact that Shakespeare creates these two overwhelmingly perfect characters demonstrates how far they?ve fallen Unlike Othello, Macbeth actually loves his wife (she?s not a trophy) so much that he would do anything for her, Shakespeare even goes as far to present his love life without her ?like a shadow?, shadows are lifeless, dark and masters of disguise they make people feel hugely uneasy and this is exactly how Macbeth feels. ...read more.


"Now he does feel his little hang loose about him, like a giant's robe upon a dwarfish thief" It seems years that the audience has craved Macbeth's death but finally it is brought to light that he never wanted this and that it was all these external factors that pushed him into the person he is today. This creates so much sympathy for him as we remember that he was never a born killer. These are the things that set Macbeth and Othello apart, Othello lives in his little utopia where he is this unbeaten superman and there are no lies or dishonesty. Where as Macbeth is far more down to Earth and even though his crimes are far worse not only is he wrapt in a cauldron of guilt but it is never purely down to his own faults. ...read more.


A slave, and it is because of that Othello is so insecure he will always be trying to prove himself, not only to his immediate associates but to society as a whole as they believe he will never be worth such a status. Desdemona is more than Othello?s love, Shakespeare in fact presents her as his validation because without her his status, this superman that he perceives himself to be is non-existent. Just the fact that this ?moor? is practicing with a beautiful Elizabethan woman raises suspicions, Othello does not wholly believe that he won over Desdemona with wondrous storytelling as he says ?happily for I am black?, ?I do not have the soft parts of conversation that clamberers have?... As convincing as his long and lengthy speech was his insecurities at this point are so far overstretched he is in fact trying to convince himself of feelings he does not really feel. ...read more.

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