Compare Othello and Hamlet as tragic figures in William Shakespeares tragedies, "Hamlet" and "Othello".I'm having trouble with an essay. It's a comparative essay. I'm comparing the flaws in...

Compare Othello and Hamlet as tragic figures in William Shakespeares tragedies, "Hamlet" and "Othello".

I'm having trouble with an essay. It's a comparative essay. I'm comparing the flaws in Othello and Hamlet (the two main characters in "Othello" and "Hamlet". This essay is due Monday, and I would really appreciate it if I got some help and ideas on this topic.

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One of the major differences in the flaws of the two characters is that Hamlet is one who appears to be able to think clearly and see the problems around him and the falseness of Claudius, etc., but he lacks the ability to act on them.  He bemoans his inability to make a decision, to the point of even pointing out his inability to kill himself.

Othello, on the other hand, is duped severely by Iago and is completely unable to see the innocence of Desdemona or the scheming of Iago as he builds the illusion of Desdemona cheating on him.

They are similar in that Hamlet, considered a daring and dashing and intelligent figure is completely inept when it comes to action and Othello, whose warlike nature and prowess on the battlefield are no match for for the "intrigue" of life without warfare.  Both men are incapable of living up to their image.

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Hamlet and Macbeth are very much alike as tragic figures. A. C. Bradley summarizes the similarities of the two plays by saying they share “the fascination of the supernatural, the absence of the spectacle of extreme undeserved suffering, the absence of characters which horrify and repel and yet are destitute of grandeur.”

The two characters reach a state of depression that ushers them to a view life without any meaning. Based on this point, we understand their suicidal bent of mind. They lose interest in life and embrace death. Hamlet, however, is more speculative than Macbeth. He thinks too much on everything. Moreover, he is not a villain as Macbeth.

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