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The plays Othello and Hamlet written by William Shakespeare have many similarities and differences Two main characters Iago of Othello and Hamlet of Hamlet can be compared and contrasted through characterization Characterization is the represent ion of characteristics or motives of a character Both characters have different character traits which make them truly different from one another but their ending resolutions are remarkably the same In Othello Iago is a very manipulative and cunning character Iagos entire scheme begins when Cassio is given the position that Iago wanted Iago then comes up with numerous ideas and plots to steal the position he feels he most deserves Iago decei s steals and kills to gain that position Iago lies to his loved ones including his wife and friends Iago tricks Othello into beleiving that his own wife Desdemona is having an affair without any concrete proof Othello is so caught up in Iagos l s that he refuses to believe Desdemona when she denies the whole thing Iago also manages to steal from his own friend Roderigo without feeling guilty He uses the money that Roderigo gives him to try and win over Desdemona When Roderigo discovers th Iago has been using his money he screams at Iago and threatens to kill him However Iago being very manipulative tells makes up a plot that involves Roderigo to capture the heart of Desdemona Roderigo believes Iago and forgets about Iago stealing his oney Iagos plan is for Roderigo to kill Cassio At the ending of the play Iagos plot is given away to Othello by his own wife Emilia Iago realizes that his plot has been revealed and sees his wife as an obstacle and an annoying person who has let t his secret so he kills her Iagos merciless taking of Emilia his wife and Roderigo his friend lives is another one of Iagos characteristic of a an immoral human being whos
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