You don't need to make a comparison, but pick which view you agree with, Knight or Shakespeare's, or make it into 2 separate sentences. Are you trying to argue Claudius's motivations or to explain that Hamlet was the true villain? Make sure following paragraphs support that.) Knight argued that Hamlet, and not Claudius, is the villain due to his irrational ways because Claudius had no choice but to commit the murder or to protect his throne from Hamlet. However, Claudius had a chance to make a choice, but since his desires for power and treasures were so overwhelming, he chose the murderous path.
He plays on Laertes’ hunger for revenge on his father’s killer and uses Laertes’ feelings to achieve his goal. By this we see Claudius accomplish objectives by controlling people around him. Besides manipulation, Claudius achieves much by sinful acts. During the course of the play, Claudius breaks two of the Ten Commandments. The first is “you shall not kill” and this is broken by his crime of killing his brother.
THE DOWNFALL OF OTHELLO AS CAUSED BY IAGO Iago is one of Shakespeare s most intriguing and credible villains. Iago can be perceived as either evil or brilliant in his plans to be deemed lieutenant. As the villain in Othello , Iago has two main actions: to plot and to deceive. Iago is mad that Cassio was chosen to be lieutenant instead of himself. From this anger comes the main conflict of the play.
Laertes has no time for thoughts or moral reflection; he is hard set on revenge. Ophelia’s insanity is a poignant element in the play and it contrasts strongly with Hamlet’s antic disposition. In scene VII we see Claudius at his most calculating and manipulative. Claudius will use Laertes’ rage to dispose of Hamlet. Claudius and Laertes come up with three plans to ensure Hamlet’s death.
Persuasion is a powerful and threatening tool used against those who are too weak. It can be used to manipulate others, and sway ones decision between right and wrong. Persuasion is an invisible danger in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Although Macbeth falls victim to persuasion and its powers many times in the play, he is also very adroit, using it to his own benefit. In this particular scene, Macbeth attempts to persuade the two murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance.
In his soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 2 Line 380 he’s especially brutal towards Desdemona in his plans showing no shame what so ever. Othello exhibits a part of humans that is able to be tempted and deceived. While a good man at the start, Shakespeare uses this as a template to bring out the green-eyed monster of jealousy in Othello, as an attempt to highlight that quality in each of us. The dream speech in Act 3 Scene 3 Line 466 is where we see Iago makes this happen. As Iago ends Act 1 with his soliloquy, we become sure that dishonesty is one of his most revered qualities.
Iago is furious at Othello for appointing Cassio to the position of personal lieutenant instead of Iago himself. He devises a plan to make Othello believe that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Iago wants to completely destroy all that Othello holds dear. In some ways Iago’s plan works, but not in the way he expects. He manages to make Othello believe in Desdemona’s infidelity which ultimately causes Othello to kill her.
Secondly, this scene presents the plays main conflict. The conflict will be a person vs. person conflict that includes Hamlet and Claudius. Hamlet is seeking revenge for his father’s murder, while Claudius does his best to hide what he has done and to get rid of
Revenge is often seen as a person’s way to “get even” after he or she has suffered, in attempt to harm the wrongdoer in retaliation. The only purpose of revenge is to gain satisfaction in seeing the wrongdoer suffer. Through ethical, religious and legal perspectives, revenge is not ever justified. The act upon taking revenge is unethical. For instance in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the feud between the Montagues and Capulets caused pain and suffering towards the innocent characters such as Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and Tybalt.
In Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago who is possessed by jealousy and evil necessity of destruction, including his own, has two main objectives: to plot and to deceive. He hates Othello because he believes the Moor made love to his wife and also he is jealous that Cassio was chosen to be Lieutenant instead of himself. Iago is everything about evil. He manipulates to get whatever he wants. In addition, he also claims for being honesty, even though he acts against this reputation.