Essay Comparing Macbeth And Othello

analytical Essay
1308 words
1308 words

Macbeth and Othello are both stories of desire. Macbeth is the story of a man who desires to be king and Othello is the story of one who desires to seek revenge on a man whom he suspects to have slept with his wife. In both plays the desire of a single character leads to death and destruction, which are two common themes often associated with tragedies. Two emotions that cause damage are desire and, in the case of Othello, lust. These emotions lead to irrational and selfish power, which in turn causes Macbeth and Iago to make unjustified and irrational actions. While being similar in respect to their ability to perform evil through their means of influence and power, Macbeth’s unjustified actions actually cause more damage than Iago’s. Macbeth …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how iago gains power through influence in a similar fashion to macbeth. he earns the trust of cassio, othello, roderigo, and just about everyone else.
  • Analyzes how macbeth and iago both cause deaths and murder people themselves, but they do more than that.
  • Analyzes how iago and macbeth's actions are fueled by emotions rather than reason, which makes them irresponsible and irrational.
  • Compares iago and macbeth's emotions of greed, desire, and anger, which lead to poorly made decisions, death and destructions. they also share power and influence.
  • Explains that macbeth and othello are both stories of desire and lust, which leads to irrational and selfish power.

Both Iago and Macbeth do what they do because of certain emotions. Iago feels anger against Othello for giving Cassio a position that Iago wanted and he feels jealousy towards Cassio for having that position and he is also jealous of Othello for having supposedly slept with his wife. Macbeth is pushed by greed and desire for kingship. Although Macbeth’s main emotions are less elaborate than Iago’s, they still push him to make illogical decision. Because both Iago and Macbeth were fueled by emotions rather than reason, they both are equally irresponsible and irrational. The main difference in this respect between Iago and Macbeth is that Macbeth, unlike Iago, does not push himself to do what he does. It is actually Lady Macbeth who makes him murder King Duncan. Macbeth knows more than anyone else why he should not murder Duncan, yet he does it anyway because Lady Macbeth feels that he is “too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness” (I.5.17) she has to man up and make Macbeth do what is necessary. It is for this reason that Macbeth is less justified in his actions than Iago. While Iago does what Iago wants, Macbeth performs selfishly at the bidding of his wife rather than at his own

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