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The Flaws That Lead To The Downfall Of Othello And Macbeth In The Plays By William Shakespeare

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Compare the Ways that Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Flaws that lead to the Downfall of Othello and Macbeth
In the two plays both Macbeth and Othello have weaknesses that bring them astray this deteriorates their personality. Macbeth’s weakness is portrayed through his ambition, whereas Othello’s weakness is portrayed through his jealousy.
Macbeth from the very start is described as a “good guy”… and he is also represented as a brave, noble, good swordsman and a great leader, but this unravels when he begins to choose treachery and crime as an approach to gain power. “All ...view middle of the document...

This convinces him because wives would not normally call their husbands by their titles, in doing this Lady Macbeth is boosting Macbeth’s ego so he will do whatever she wants him to. Lady Macbeth restores Macbeth’s confidence in their plan to murder King Duncan by taking on most of the work: “Leave all the rest to me”. Although she could mean that she is scared of giving Macbeth to much of the work as he may ruin their chances of getting power. Lady Macbeth knows Macbeth is too good hearted to commit the murder. “Yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o’th’milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way”. This shows that she thinks Macbeth is too nice to murder King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is scared that Macbeth’s kind nature will jeopardise their chances of power. Macbeth’s ambition is also shown when he has his best friend Banquo killed because he is scared that Banquo’s sons were going to become kings which was the witches’ prediction: “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none”. These fears get to Macbeth so he sees that the only way to get rid of them is to kill Banquo and his son. This is a sign of Macbeth’s uncontrolled ambition; he is willing to kill his best friend for his ambitions to become true. Shakespeare shows that Macbeth doesn’t just want to be king as it isn’t enough because he has to make sure that the throne stays in his family.
Othello’s character during the play is first shown as a hero of war and a man of great pride and courage, but as the play continues, his character begins to deteriorate and become less noble. Chronologically through the play Othello’s character changes from a flawless military leader, to become a murderer. Othello represents how jealousy, particularly sexual jealousy, is one of the most corrupting and destructive of emotions. It is jealousy that prompts Iago to plot Othello’s downfall. Jealousy is the main tragic flaw that brings about Othello’s misfortune, suffering, and death. Iago is the originator of the chain of events that sparks jealousy in Othello, and eventually leads to the downfall of not only the main character, but also of most of the significant characters in the book. Iago complains of Othello’s pride and “bombast circumstance” and is angered by the appointment...

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