Textual Analysis6 April 2015To Be Evil or Nahh?You can murder a multitude of people on your way to the store; but you did not set out tomurder them when you first left. Does that make you less evil? One would not excuse the actionsof another just because the intent was not there; evil is evil. Evil can be interpreted and expressedin many different was and committing evil actions does not make one evil in themselves.Shakespeare has explored the idea of evil in many plays and characters that we have seen anddiscussed. The understanding of the term from Shakespeare context and personal interpretation isthat evil is anything, be it thoughts or actions, with ill-intent to cause mental or physical harm toothers for personal gain, amusement, or simply because they can. Evil can come in many forms;such as that of animals, actions, thoughts, and people. While many people have differentopinions on what is evil or not, they cannot dismiss wrongful or unlawful actions taken againstothers as anything other than bad; and just because a person does or thinks something evil, itdoes not limit them to the category of evil as a whole. One must be consistent in their evilnessfor it to be a personality trait.Two characters who are typically believed to be not evil are Hamlet, prince of Denmark,and Othello, the moor of Venice. While it would appear to many that they are both tragic heroes,that is not the case in this paper. Hamlet is more ambiguous when it comes to labelling him asevil or not due to his current and deteriorating mental state; while Othello is very reasonably seenas not evil although he committed an extremely evil act. The difference between the evil actionsdone by Hamlet and Othello are the intent behind them and the factors leading up to the events.