Even though in these two stories tackle different things the main character is obsessed over, the main idea of harming other peoples lives because of their strange obsession remains the same. Clearly, obsession can really make one think so irrationally that they forget the basic principles of humanity and they end up doing ridiculous things without usually realizing until after they have taken the wrong action. The lead character in “The Tell-Tale Heart”, had gone so crazy because of his obsession over his eyes, that he decided to take the old man’s life in a very cruel way. The old man had never harmed, insulted, or wronged him in any way, and rather they both cared about each other but “it wasn’t the man who vexed me [him], but the evil eye” . Gradually, he made up his mind to take the life of the old
There were many reasons for the tragedy in the shakespearean play Othello. But the biggest reason was the brilliant, cunning, sneaky, manipulative mastermind Iago. Because he had all of these qualities and his relentlessness to fulfill his goal to destroy othello he is the only person at fault. Iago is the only person at fault for what had happened to othello, desdemona, emilia, and roderigo (also cassio but he ended up getting a better life after all of this was done). The reason iago did what he did was because othello promised him a job as lieutenant in the venetian army and then went back on his promise to hire Cassio as lieutenant who not only was not a soldier he also was not from venice he was from florence and that made iago mad, and
Iago’s jealousy caused him to unquestionably ruin the relationship between Desdemona and Othello without the slightest sense of any shame or regret. Iago’s plan of revenge worked out perfectly, “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father, and may thee” (1.3.333-334). Iago’s manipulation led Othello into believing that Desdemona was truly unfaithful towards him. He manipulated him with his words and used his insecurities to create doubt within his mind.
Everyday people use manipulation to get what they want, which is ultimately power. Manipulation is destructive because people gain power by deceiving people or tricking them into seeing a certain point of view. The ones who want power don’t care about others and only want to achieve what’s best for themselves. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago's various plans for manipulation and hunger for power wreaks destruction on the lives of the people he knows best. Iago convinces everybody to refer to him as “honest Iago” so that he can gain their trust while sneaking behind their backs.
When Iago informs certain characters that he knows have fallen into his trap, the characters will not doubt what he has to say. While Iago fills the characters’ minds with lies, the characters will act according to the lies thinking he is honest. Although his lies are sometimes subtle it affects the Othello is one of the victims who believed Iago. You can already tell that Othello has been fooled when he calls him “a man [of] honesty and trust”. The audience already knows that Iago is a liar and loathes Othello, so the audience can tell when Iago is being two-faced and that Othello truly believes in him.
Macbeth’s personality is developed by Shakespeare to be a deceitful character following his abhorrent deeds of murder. One of the ways in which Shakespeare demonstrated this was through the implementation of dialogue from another character. For example, in order to hide their true, evil motives to murder King Duncan, Lady Macbeth advises her husband to “look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t.” This purpose of using dialogue from another character bespeaks to the audience the idea that deceit is the hallmark of evil- appearances cannot always be trusted as they disguise the truth from those around them, showing that Macbeth has developed to be deceitful. After Macbeth committed regicide, through the use of dialogue, he lies,
“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” The hatred that he harbors towards Fortunato is discreetly told to just the audience. Fortunato remains in the dark of ill will to come. Insult pushed Montresor over the edge and described early his intentions of murder. It was the only way to resolve it. Montresor is the perfect villain as Fortunato trusts him and allows him to guide him through the catacombs.
His concerns stem from jealousy and thoughts of his wrong deeds being exposed, which in turn motivate him to act against his closest friend. He becomes more violent and less conflicted in regards to the measures he wants to take to rule. Macbeth extends his ambition and
Continually keeping things from the audience, Shakespeare does an excellent job of keeping his readers hooked; keeping focus on the fact that Othello actually believes this guy. Iago and Othello have a special relationship in the play and his head games with the audience continue with him changing his stories about his hatred for Othello when, “IAGO But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor, / And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets / He has done my office. I know not if 't be true, / But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, / Will do as if for surety.
Shakespeare uses this passage to reveal to us how Othello truly deals with problems and how he thinks. He shows us that Othello is far too naive and trusts what he is told. Othello also makes mistakes when he is confronted with moments of extreme distress and in this situation he has chosen both murder and suicide. Shakespeare also uses his monologue to develop and strengthen the idea that language can kill just as Iago has used it to kill Desdemona.