Compare and contrast Iago and othello. Although both of these men are murderers Othello is typically considered by critics to be a tragic figure, while Iago is simply labeled as the villain. What is the differences between the action of these two men? Why is one often forgiven by critics and readers for his mistake in killing Desdemona, yet the often is seen as inherently evil for his actions in terms of the deaths of multiple characters? What makes the evil that these two men do different?