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In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting the theme of temptation and the tempter sinerror and downfall the consequences of sinerror presented in the narratives Dr Faustus and Othello In both narratives the protrayal of the tempter is not so much of an evil decietful villain but infact seems to be the representation or manifestation of the heroes supressed thoughts in Othellos case his insecurities In a sense the villians represent a bit of doppleganger versions of the tragic heroes The temptation is epitomized as willful self dellusion or self deception leading our heroes to self destruction Thanatos the death wish is given sublime as well as catastrophic insinuations The tempter simply seems to give voice or words to the thoughts or insecurities which are already present just beneath the suface in the heroes minds and hearts Both Mephistophilis and Iago seem to make manifest that which is already latent in Dr Faustus and Othello respectively There is no substantial deciet involved no glamour as such they both make their choices with their eyes open While both narratives successfully manage to portray social and cultural concepts to the audience Marlowes Dr Faustus has more of a liberal context even though it is male dominated that is our tragic hero is male and Shakespeares Othello is clearly evident of radicalism in his time of writing Both Dr Faustus and Othello follow generic conventions especially when it comes to depicting the moral of the story In this essay I will elaborate at length on two of the main threads similar in both narratives 1 the pride and self image that leads our heroes to surrender themselves to temptation and sin and 2 the consequences of the actions taken in particular the outcome of yielding to temptation and sin Dr Faustus has a long and complex textual history The text itself has survived in two forms referred to by scholars as the A-text and the B-text
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