Corruption in Macbeth and Othello
July 6, 2015
Carol Hemmye

Corruption in Macbeth and Othello

Shakespeare’s plays Macbeth and Othello share a number of matching qualities. Many scenes show the same ambitions, loyalty, disloyalty, corruption, hatred, and murder. With that being said, both of these plays also have numerous differences as well. They are two completely different plays in the same aspect. “Shakespeare had an extraordinary gift as a writer and that was to never hold people at arm’s length. He never says, “Look at this person. He is so disgraceful. Or isn’t he ridiculous?” Shakespeare always says, “It is me, it is you, it is us.” He always does that and that is his great gift (Sher, 2011).” We, as his audience, should be ever so thankful because he is too kind to us. Just as he has given his audience Macbeth and Othello to ponder on many unanswered questions that happen throughout these two plays. Between the two magnificent pieces of work there is much corruption happening all around the characters. There are puppeteers amongst them doing little work to get what they want.
Macbeth is Shakespeare’s darkest play, the corruption in this play leads to Macbeth murdering the King, murdering many others, being inspired to do so by evil witches and wife, lots of manipulation, followed by a numb and empty Macbeth in the end. He starts out quite a nice man; he appears to be a good, noble, ferocious soldier for his King Duncan and his country. He is courageous, gallant, and he is very prosperous in battle. All the while, the King views him as a trustworthy subject in the beginning. Until one day Macbeth and his best friend Banquo are approached by three women, three sister witches to be exact, talking of how Macbeth will rein in King and all will “Hail Macbeth.” Before this scene in the play, it shows these sisters conjuring up something, almost as to be singing a spell about Macbeth. After they tell Macbeth and Banquo this entire philosophical,...