What Is The Similarities Between Macbeth And Othello

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Evil, in its broadest definition, is the profoundly immoral and wicked. It plays an intrinsic part in both plays ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Othello’, and many of the characters uses its power to further their own ends. In ‘Macbeth’, there is a veneer of evil that rebounds on everything; expressly concerning the intricate hero, Lady Macbeth and the Three Witches. In ‘Othello’, the wily Iago depicts the cunning nature of evil, while the hero himself is pulled by its powerful strings. Evil is ultimately what leads both heroes, Macbeth and Othello, to their downfall – dragging down other innocent characters with them.
The pervasive nature of evil is a powerful force in Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest tragedy, ‘Macbeth’, and is established as promptly as the curtains of the play are opened. It is often described as a visual play, shrouded in darkness, epitomizing evil in its most primeval form. The supernatural is an evil Shakespeare uses to outline the strong belief of the paranormal in the Jacobean era. While Macbeth accepts the supernatural unquestioningly, “Ere to black Hecate’s summons […] there shall be done a dreadful deed of note”; Banquo is skeptical and more aligned with the view of modern audiences, “That look not like the
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Throughout the play, the audiences are at a loss when it comes to his motive to create discord in others’ lives. Samuel Johnson states Iago is “silent in resentment, subtle in design, and studious at once of his interest and vengeance” – he is clinical, the evil manipulation of other’s lives is “diverting”. Othello himself too is an ambiguity; his marriage to Desdemona is “unnatural”. In the Renaissance, the color black was despised – as it symbolized promiscuity and an animalistic nature. Therefore, to Shakespearean audience, Othello would have all the outward appearance of the “blacker devil”; and his marriage to Desdemona would excite an ambiguous attitude from the
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