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Three areas that differ between Shakespeares Othello and Thomas Harris The Silence of the Lambs When examining the play Othello by Shakespeare and the novel The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris we are looking at some of the most psychotic characters in all of literature These characters while similar do carry different traits and have different outcomes It is these differences in characters that we will examine in the following paper To begin with we must examine and label each character in the works for accurate comparrison In Othello the antagonist is clearly Iago which would make our protagonist Othello himself In The Silence of the Lambs it is not so clear We see most of the story through the eyes of FBI agent Clarice Starling who is our protagonist It is the antagonist that leads to some confusuion We see that Hannibal Lecter is clearly a bad man but he doesnt exactly work against Clarice he is more of a middle-man both helping our protagonist and being a violent killer Jame Gumb Buffalo Bill however is exactly what Clarice is not Jame Gumb is what Clarice is working against through the whole story making him our clear antagonist So with these associations made he can continue to disect our stories further Thompson 2 The first difference noted in the stories is the reasons the anagonist does his evil deeds In Othello Iago diceives because he is seeking revenge for being denied promotion but he also gains a slight bit of pleasure Jame Gumb on the other hand commits murder encouraged for his wish of feminimity with slight pleasure derived from his excitement as he gets closer to his goal His wish for feminimity is derived directly from his mother even though he never knew her and she abandoned him at a young age This complex is almost parallel that of the Oedipus complex pointed out by Freud However Jame did
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