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Deception is a form of communication that people utilize includingpoliticians rulers soldiers and even those a person trusts WilliamShakespeare exemplifies that it is nearly impossible to get the fullstory from someone When deception occurs in Othello the Moor of Veniceand The Tragedy of Macbeth it weaves throughout the lives of thecharacters Iago and Macbeth are the ultimate manipulator The two holdcommon characteristics at their center Shakespeare draws on this tobring about the comparison of the two plays Iago and Macbeth have thetrust of their superiors who are often the focus of the manipulationThe superiors in the play are often clueless and unable to look past apersons exterior and see their inner motives However the two playsdiffer because of the planning ability of Iago who foresees possibleconflicts before he puts his plans into action while Macbeths planshappen quickly and without much planning Iagos ability to plan allowshim to keep his true motives hidden longer The common motive betweenthe plays is the desire for power Both believe that they haveentitlement to more power and use the same means to gain this powerIago and Macbeth are successful in their pursuits for power howeverneither keep their power for very long This need for power blinds bothcharacters from the potentially similar consequences of their actionsWhile it seems that the plays are essentially the same they also differgreatly Macbeth and Iago both want power however the type of powerthey wish to obtain is different Iago is the better manipulator incomparison to Macbeth They also use different forms of deceptionMacbeth uses deception that is more direct while Iagos deception ismainly indirect Iago deceives one character to deceive another andMacbeth deceives just one character at a time Iagos deception isolatesitself to one or a few characters while Macbeth deceives andmanipulates numerous characters Finally the consequences for the twodiffer slightly One pays the ultimate price for his deception while theother pays a price but still has his life Deception defines not onlyhis plays
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