Human Weakness in Macbeth and Othello

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Macbeth is one of the best known plays written by Shakespeare in the 17th century, Jacobean period. It was the period where the belief in supernatural was greatly held and king James I himself, the author of Divine rights of king adhered in witchcraft and openly practiced the idea of kings being God’s representatives on earth, so to even complain about them was a sin. The tragic hero, brave and valiant Macbeth had all the required characteristics of the ideal Scottish soldier; valorous and gallant but he is bound to have a tragic flaw which he is powerless over and the cause of his inevitable death, his ‘vaulting ambition’ and greed. We then have our other tragedy Othello, which is unique in the literature of time because he was the first…show more content…
In Macbeth, Duncan and the soldiers call him ‘valiant’ and ‘brave’ , Othello is also referred to as ‘valiant’ and ‘brave’ by the duke and Montana. Moreover, as we see Macbeth leading the big battle, Othello is reserved by the leaders of Venice who depend on him to fight the biggest battle. He is ‘employed’ to do so which means he is chosen and his skills and qualities are valued therefore the verb ‘employed’ is used to convey his importance in the society to the audience. Initially, Shakespeare presents the protagonists as impeccable heroes and suggests to the audience nothing can go wrong in the play. In comparison, Shakespeare uses a significant quote which foreshadows Othello’s tragic fall later in the play. When Barbantio warns Othello ‘she has deceived her father and may thee’ it shows the audience how hurt he is by her deception and warns Othello that if Desdemona can betray her father, whom she has known all her life she can easily betray Othello, This strong point foreshadows Othello’s murderous suspicion. Shakespeare also used the character of Iago to not only show how trusting Othello is but also how poor of a judgement he makes. The repetition of ‘honest Iago’ by Othello warns the audience how Othello’s poor judgements will lead him to his downfall as they first see Iago slandering against Othello, so they are warned he is duplicitous beforehand. Another way Shakespeare presents Othello’s tragic fall
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