Shakespeare's Despicable Characters Term Paper by Nicky

A portrayal of three of Shakespeare's darkest characters.
# 144913 | 1,105 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 17, 2010 in Shakespeare (Hamlet) , Shakespeare (Othello) , Shakespeare (MacBeth)

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This paper discusses three of Shakespeare's most undesirable characters from three different plays and illustrates how delicate the human psyche is in that they become consumed with ambition in one way or another. The characters are Iago, from ''Othello'', Macbeth, from ''Macbeth'', and Claudius from ''Hamlet'', and the paper also provides a brief overview of each play.

From the Paper:

''William Shakespeare is notorious for creating despicable characters that remain popular because they reveal the frailty of human nature. Three characters that exemplify how truly frail mankind is are Iago, from Othello, Macbeth, from Macbeth, and Claudius from Hamlet. These characters represent how easily man can fall prey to his own ambition and eventually ruin his life. Iago is affected by ambition because he does not get what he thinks he deserves. The play is about how he will stop at nothing to destroy everything that is near and dear to Othello. Macbeth is affected by ambition in that he becomes thirsty for the crown. Claudius is affected by ambition because he wants to keep what is his. He has successfully managed to become king but interprets Hamlet as a threat that must be removed. Each of these characters illustrates how delicate the human psyche is in that they become consumed with ambition in one way or another. Whether it is a lack of success that leads to revenge or the desire for success unlimited, they demonstrate how man can become a slave to his emotions, even until death. While some men are born evil, others become that way through a series of events that shape their character.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. New York: Washington Square Press. 1992.
  • Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. O'Connor, John, ed. London: New Longman Shakespeare. 1999.
  • Shakespeare, William. Othello. Kenneth Muir, ed. New York: Penguin Books. 1968.

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