Macbeth and Othello

“Therefore it is meet that noble minds keep ever with their likes; for who so firm that cannot be seduced?” This quote from Julius Caesar carries two meanings. One: how people can be deceived and Two: how people people can be metamorphosed. In Othello we see the Moor manipulated into believing untruths. In Macbeth we see the title character descend from a noble and valiant warrior to an evil and reckless tyrant. If Othello would have been privy to Iago’s nature, he would of avoided tragedy, but he kept with an ignoble mind, unbeknownst to him until it was too late. He thought Iago was a good man, as he on multiple occasions terms him honest Iago. He is aware of the importance of only keeping noble people around him, as he ostracizes Cassio when he shows dishonorableness. Knowing to only keep around the noble ones doesn’t help much if you assume nobleness in everyone like Othello, “that thinks men honest that but seem to be so.” Macbeth’s character is corrupted as opposed to Othello, where it is his marriage. By being conjoined with the evil Lady Macbeth, he is persuaded into regicide which catapults him deeper and deeper into tyranny as his paranoia of being overtopped runs rampant.


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