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. Without Lady Macbeth he is lifeless and life "signifies nothing", this whole fire of wrath, envy and ambition" was conducted by her and now that she is gone it starts to burn out into nothing. Macbeth feels so abandoned so empty that it is in the monster of envy and ambition that is controlling his sadistic body to do what it does.

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We must remember that Macbeth never actually wanted this, he was just good in battle, he loved the king as he was essentially one of his good friends. Macbeth never wanted his title...She did. But now Lady Macbeth is gone. At this point Shakespeare uses clothes to symbolise his incapability of dealing with this new role without his wife. "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 ...

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