Macbeth and OthelloI really need to know the differences between Macbeth and Othello

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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One key difference is that Macbeth is the more obviously evil figure.  He makes a bad choice early in the play and then keeps "doubling down" on that choice throughout the work. In contrast, Othello makes a crucial mistake late in the play, and for all kinds of reasons his evil does not affect nearly as many people as Macbeth's does. Othello is far more a victim than Macbeth is.

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One difference is in what it is that leads to their downfall.  Macbeth is driven to his downfall by his excessive ambition -- he wants so badly to be king.  By contrast, Othello's downfall is caused by his jealousy -- he is very jealous with regard to his wife.

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