Similarities Between Othello And Macbeth

analytical Essay
1593 words
1593 words

Othello and Macbeth In the play Othello and the play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the main characters in both plays as warriors. Both characters in each of their plays, had constant outside voices seeping into their minds which ultimately contributed to the fate of both Othello and Macbeth. The witches in the play Macbeth had more of an effect of Macbeth’s actions then Iago had on Othello’s actions in the play Othello. Each character had a lot of pressure on them throughout the play however the witches influence on Macbeth resulted in more destruction than Iago’s influence on Othello. In Othello, the main character Othello is newly married to his innocent wife Desdemona. They are a perfect couple, until Othello’s “friend” Iago, starts to …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how iago convinces othello that desdemona has cheated on him, but he is still questioning his decision. he doesn't know if his actions are just, and is not motivated to kill
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth is manipulating her husband to make him a man instead of coward. othello and desdemona's relationship was different.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare uses outside voices in both the plays othello and macbeth, in similar and different ways.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare uses the main characters in othello and macbeth as warriors. both characters had constant outside voices seeping into their minds, which ultimately contributed to the fate of both characters.
  • Analyzes how othello feels that it is his duty to kill desdemona because it would be in everyone’s best interest. macbeth had different motives for all of the destruction he had caused.
  • Analyzes how the witches confuse macbeth and banquo, whereas iago is strait forward with his tactics of convincing othello of desdemona’s actions.

Othello’s motives were because he believed that Desdemona had to be killed for the sake of everyone, but Macbeth’s motives were strictly for himself and his wife. The witches in Macbeth do a good job of keeping Macbeth thinking. Unlike Iago the witches keep everything they say open ended up for interpretation. Often times, they may say something to Macbeth which is true, however Macbeth sees it in a distorted way. In the third scene of act one the witches are talking to Macbeth and Banquo. “All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (Shakespeare 1.3.48). This catches Macbeth and Banquo off guard and they immediately begin to ask the witches questions. Banquo asks why they talk so highly of Macbeth and not himself. The witches give the confusing answer …show more content…

In the Throne of Blood, which is a Japanese film adaptation of Macbeth, we see the interaction between the witch and Macbeth. In this adaptation, instead of three witches there is just one witch. The witch is very calm and still in this scene and is constantly spinning a wheel while it talks. Just like the play write, Macbeth is very confused and eager to get his questions answered. Before the witch can answer his questions about his future the witch has disappeared into thin air. Unlike Othello, Macbeth instantly is convinced of his future and soon thereafter, with more convincing from his wife, he feels it necessary to kill both Duncan and

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