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Iago and Macbeth Comparison and Contrast Tragic heroes are identified in many of Shakespeares plays In The Tragedy of Macbeth and The Tragedy of Othello The Moor of Venice a character is developed as the tragic hero In Shakespearean literature the tragic hero must possess a tragic flaw Iago from Othello is driven by greed and jealousy to his destruction at the end if the play Macbeth from Macbeth is driven by two outside forces the three weird sisters and his wife Both are also foolish and fall into a state of general disregard for the law While the two characters are very different their tragic flaws link them both to evil Macbeth is a man not without ambition1518 He desires to be king in due time if that is the way that fate should happen to play however his wife Lady Macbeth believes that it would be best for him to be king at all expenses At the beginning of the play Macbeth encounters three witches that hail him as the Thane of Glamis his current position Thane of Cawdor the position he is appointed to by the king and King hereafter 1354 These witches give him the prophecy of becoming the Thane of Cawdor before King Duncan honors Macbeth Because the prophecy was true it sparked him to wonder about being king Lady Macbeth and the three witches lead Macbeth into his evil ways Lady Macbeth fills Macbeths mind with being King She even wants to help in the plot to kill the King The witches are important to Macbeth because he turns to them when he is in doubt Iago is different in the way he approaches what he wants Cassio is appointed to be lieutenant to Othello but Iago sees this as blasphemy Cassio is younger and without the experience of Iago Iago has ambition and his own will to carry through with his plot His jealousy is the only
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