What are some differences between Macbeth and Othello?

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The protagonists in Shakespeare's tragedies tend to be men in positions of some degree of power, who then fall from grace due to a flaw in themselves—the so-called fatal flaw, or hamartia. There are certainly similarities between Othello and Macbeth: both are soldiers, well-thought-of in their societies, who are encouraged by external forces to do terrible things. Their fatal flaws, however, are not the same. Where Macbeth is driven by a weakness for ambition and a desire for power, Othello's flaw is jealousy. Iago knows this and is able to manipulate him using it.

There are other differences, too. While Macbeth and Othello both become murderers, Othello murders only his wife. Macbeth, by contrast, begins with the murder of his king and then escalates to further killings. He is working at first on the orders of his wife—she is not his victim. Furthermore, we see a lot of the inner workings of Macbeth's mind as we watch his downfall progress. In Othello, it is not the inner workings of...

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