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A comparative essay on Othello and Macbeth

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Introduction

""Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural." (William Thackeray). Human nature is both kind and gentle, but it also has a darker, unjust and cruel side to it. William Shakespeare uses his plays of Othello and Macbeth to show the kindness, loyalty but also deception and cruelty of human nature. Othello is written by William Shakespeare and is set in Cypress. Othello is about a Moor, Othello, who marries a royal Venetian girl, Desdemona, and the uncontrollable love that he has for her. Macbeth is a play about the Scottish Thane Macbeth who kills his king in order to become king himself, yet after he commits the murder he continues to kill people in order to stay on his beloved throne. Shakespeare portrays the uncontrollable desire that people have through characters' desires to achieve a higher goal in life, as well as character's desire to please their partners and the way Shakespeare portrays emotion though his characters. In Macbeth and Othello, both Macbeth and Iago have a desire to reach a higher goal in life. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth persuades him to kill King Duncan against his will, but he listens to her and murders the king. Lady Macbeth knows that killing the king will be hard and she calls upon "spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty."(Act1, scene 5). Lady Macbeth gives up her sex and calls upon spirits to fill her with cruelty just so that she will be capable of killing King Duncan and please her husband. Emilia desperately wants to please Iago, who undervalues her and suspects her of having shared a bed with Othello. Iago is almost too busy with his plans of revenge that he has not time for Emilia. Emilia however finds the handkerchief that Desdemona has dropped and she knows that Iago realty wants this handkerchief, Emilia steals the handkerchief from her friend and employer in order to please Iago. The only difference between Emilia and Lady Macbeth is that Lady Macbeth wants to become as cruel and strong as she can to help her husband and she also knows ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare portrays the uncontrollable desire that people have through his characters' desires to achieve a higher goal in life, as well as his character's desire to please their partners and the way Shakespeare portrays emotion though his characters. In Macbeth and Othello, both Macbeth and Iago have a desire to reach a higher goal in life which Leeds them to killing every person that gets in the way of that desire. Emilia and Lady Macbeth both have the desire to please their husbands. Emilia and Lady Macbeth both reside to something that is regarded wrong in there societies in order to please their husbands. Shakespeare also almost perfectly illustrates the emotions that drive his characters by showing Iago's hatred and desire for revenge as well as the mad beast that Macbeth becomes because of guilt and him trying to secure his throne. The feelings that Shakespeare shows through his characters as well as the desires that drive them almost perfectly illustrates human nature. ( need to find a different opening statement because the one that I have does not fit the essay) ...read more.

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