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Shakespeares protagonists Othello and Hamlet are for the most part completely unalike in the ways that they handle the many emotions thrown at them in their respective plays Othello is the victim of a twisted villain Hamlet bears a distinct solitude and has a tendency to procrastinate Othello is a story centered on the manipulations of an insecure newlywed while Hamlet is centered on an idealistic avenger of justice Hamlet is smarter and with maybe the exception of his confidante Horatio is surrounded by a massive array of idiots Othello on the other hand is the only idiot in the end Despite the difference there are a few notable similarities in the ways that Hamlet and Othello deal with emotionFor the most part Hamlet and Othello seem to handle anger similarly One thing that they are both guilty of when angry is the mistreatment of women This act was shunned in the settings of both plays When Hamlets father has just died and his brother has taken the throne and married his wife Hamlet is disgusted In a private meeting with Gertrude his mother he expresses his strong disapproval He begins you have my father much offendedIII iv 11 and continues to berate her you are the queen your husbands brothers wifeIII iv 16 When she asks what makes Hamlet so rude against her he tells her that what shes done takes off the rose from the fair forehead of an innocent love and sets a blister thereIII iv 43-44 He then lambasts her for sleeping in the rank sweat of and enseamed bed stewed in corruption honeying and making love over the nasty sty-III iv 93-94 She cuts him off here because she is so offended O speak to me no moreIII iv 95 she says He continues to insult her telling her confess yourself to heaven repent whats past and do not spread the compost on the weeds to make them rankerIII iv
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