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What are some differences between Macbeth and Othello?

There are many differences between the characters Macbeth and Othello. Macbeth's fatal flaw is "vaulting ambition," while Othello's is jealousy. Macbeth's schemes lead to his downfall. Iago manipulates Othello and causes his demise. The men also have different relationships with their wives. Othello is smitten with Desdemona, but eventually murders her because he believes she has an affair. Macbeth is easily manipulated by Lady Macbeth, and she dies when she realizes Macbeth cares more about the throne than her.

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Macbeth is an accomplished Scottish soldier and thane who rises to the position of king after receiving prophecies from the Three Witches and assassinating Duncan. Unlike Othello, Macbeth is not an outsider in European society and does not seem to be insecure about his appearance or age. After Macbeth assassinates King Duncan, he is determined to cement his legacy and develops into a bloodthirsty tyrant. Macbeth's tragic flaw is his "vaulting ambition," which motivates him to commit regicide. Macbeth experiences a myriad of hallucinations at various points in the play, and eventually develops into a careless, brash ruler. He is overconfident in his ability to defeat his rivals. At the end of the play, Macbeth is killed by Macduff during his final battle.

In contrast, Othello is a Moor, and is an accomplished Venetian general. Othello does not interact with any witches or receive any prophecies. Instead, he is manipulated by Iago. Iago is Othello's primary antagonist , who convinces him that...

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