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Othello’s Dramatic Flaw in Shakespeare's Othello

- The play “Othello” by William Shakespeare was written in 1604 during the Elizabeth era. Othello is one of the most extraordinary characters in all of Shakespeare’s dramas. He enjoyed unheralded success in the combat zone, which gave him the reputation as one of Venice’s most competent generals. Even though he has great success in the battlefield, he has a dramatic flaw that causes a downfall in his life. The dramatic flaw that causes his downfall is jealousy. This was brought on by a simple persuasion of Iago, the evil character in the play....   [tags: othello]

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Othello is Solely Responsible for his Downfall in Shakespeare's Othello

- I believe Iago has nothing to do with Othello's downfall as Othello is an easily mislead man who is easily influenced. Not only did Iago not directly say Desdemona was having an affair, he neither didn’t give proof to confirm the rumours. By Othello believing the lies, it surfaces his inability to trust and have faith in his own wife. Othello is written by William Shakespeare and was set in Cyprus and Venice during the 16th century. It is about a well-respected military soldier who due to lies and deceits killed his wife for no reason and after turned the knife towards himself....   [tags: othello]

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The Handkerchief of Love and Deception in Othello

- Othello and Desdemona started their life together thinking it was to be forever. The handkerchief symbolizes the start of a new generation, a token of their union and ultimately determines their fate and the main characters lives being changed by the events. The films adaption, as in Shakespeare play, he makes the handkerchief significant to the plot. Othello’s mother gave him the handkerchief on her dying bed to give to the women he marries. “She, dying, gave it me, and bid me, when my fate would have me wive; to give her.” Desdemona and Othello confess their love for one another in hopes of a blissful life together....   [tags: Othello]

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The Power of Self-Destruction in Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello, the Moor of Venice published in 1622 by William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers known in English literature. Othello has been said to be of the most touching and intimate of Shakespeare tragedies. The source of Othello comes from Girald Cirthio’s Tall of the Moor, considering the modification of a few details, this was a manifestation of Shakespeare’s ability to take a reputable story and elevate it into poetic tragedy (Cahn 106). Othello is the story of love, deception, and power....   [tags: othello]

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The Evil Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago is a complex character that takes evil to a whole new level in the 1600’s and plays a key role in this tale. Iago’s main goal is to get Othello and Cassio out of the army, but in the end fails to ruin Cassio’s life, only Othello’s. He uses many characters to his advantage, realizing how trustworthy and oblivious these people are. Iago cannot be relied on and has many masks, behind which he hides. He has many disguises and secrets that he hides from everyone and his acting skills come in handy when he works to destroy the happiness that many people have in this story....   [tags: othello]

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Plot and Character Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello is one of Shakespeare's classics, this play has many oddities and puzzles. It roots into love, deception and jealousy. Also it clearly questions the debate of; can different cultures inter-wind without colliding. in addition, Othello has vivid racism, sexism, manipulation and savagery within civilisation. This play is set in Venice, Italy but due to circumstances all of the characters move to Cyprus. Othello is written between 1601-1604, the level of intensity and drama obviously indicated that he devoted a lot of time and effort into this play....   [tags: othello]

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Relationship Between Othello And Othello

- ... In order to carry out the plan, Iago needs to make sure that his friendship with Othello still seems close and trustworthy. In Act 1, Scene 1, when Iago and Roderigo go and tell Brabanzio of the recent marriage, Iago states that “Though I do hate him as I do hell pains, yet, for necessity of present life, I must show out a flag and sign of love” (1.1.150-152). In this excerpt Iago is stating that he does hate Othello, yet he has to make it look like he loves him and that their friendship is still close to make sure his plan of revenge towards Othello will work....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Iago]

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The Use of Dramatic, Situational, and Verbal Irony in Shakespeare's Othello

- In the play Othello, Shakespeare uses many literary devices to help the reader understand the theme of the story. One of those many literary devices used in the play, is the wide range of irony. Throughout the pages of the book the reader will see the use of dramatic, situational, and verbal irony. Shakespeare does not use irony in an understated way, it is very direct, and can be found on almost every page of the book. The use of irony creates suspense, and adds interest as to what will happen....   [tags: Othello]

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Othello And Othello By William Shakespeare

- Othello and Iago are diverse in their characters and in their colors. It could be said additionally, notwithstanding, that they are comparative because of their untrustworthiness. Iago is overcome with his longing for vengeance to such a degree that he places it vigorously. Othello 's adoration and possessiveness of Desdemona assume control him until he in the long run would rather murder her than permit any other person to have her. In this way, despite their differentiations, Iago and Othello both speak to the furthest point of the same thing - human emotion....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Brabantio]

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The Character Desdemona and the Role of Women Depicted in Shakespeare's Othello

- The society in which Othello takes place is a patriarchal one, where men had complete control over women. They were seen as possessions rather than being just as equally human and capable of duties performed by men. All women of the Elizabethan were to obey all men, fathers, brothers, husbands, etc. Which leads me to the most reliable and trustworthy character of Desdemona, whom goes through many trials just to satisfy her love. Shakespeare brings the thought of Desdemona into the play by Barbantio, her father, “It is too true an evil....   [tags: othello]

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The Tragedy of Othello

- William Shakespeare masterfully crafted Othello, the Moor of Venice as an Aristotelian tragedy play. The main protagonist of the play, Othello, is the perfect example of a tragic hero. Shakespeare was influenced by Aristotle’s concept of a tragic hero and used Aristotle’s principles to create Othello. William Shakespeare attempted to create an Aristotelian tragedy play with a tragic hero and succeeded in Othello, the Moor of Venice by weaving in pity and fear into each line and action. The power of pity and fear creates the upmost tragic situation and follows in accordance of Aristotle’s definition of tragedy....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello 's Downfall Of Othello

- Desdemona’s Downfall in Othello The Christian Bible tells us that “pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18 KJV). For Desdemona in William Shakespeare’s Othello, this is certainly true. Although Desdemona is innocent of the sins of which she is accused, she still bears responsibility for her own downfall. If not for Desdemona’s pride, she could have lived a long and happy life with Othello. From a psychological standpoint, Desdemona is ultimately responsible for her own demise because of her prideful nature....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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Exposing Racism in William Shakespeare’s Othello

- The infectious discrimination of Elizabethan racists is derived from fear unnatural a racist’s hate plagues a vulnerable community of black slaves, with religion and war corrupting diverse cultures in the attempts to purify the existence of sin. This enlightening argument of what inspires William Shakespeare’s to compose the play Othello contaminates romantic relationships, Before the integration of black-skinned people into Elizabethan culture, Christian ideology coalesce Satan’s appearance with babies born black, with such manifestations supported by centuries of anecdotal evidence....   [tags: Othello]

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Tough Love in William Shakespeare’s play, Othello

- In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, Desdemona asserts, “‘wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?’” (4.3.76). During a friendly banter, Desdemona asks Emilia this very question; would she cheat on her husband to help him become monarch and have power over all the world. She quietly replies that she would only in secret, but only for her husband’s own good. This question plays an essential role throughout Othello because Emilia is first accused of cheating on her husband. Additionally, she is obsequious towards Iago because of her female role and responsibility as a wife....   [tags: Othello]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... Roderigo’s obsessive love for Desdemona leads him to believe it’s not true. Roderigo became suspicious of what Iago was up to and was quickly drawn back to his obsession with Desdemona. Due to this circumstance, there are many occasions where Iago is able to successfully take advantage of him. Roderigo confronts Iago multiple times about his incidents, but Iago is able to cover his tracks. Roderigo was oblivious to how he was controlled by Iago, resulting in his death. Roderigo lost his money, remained obsessed with Desdemona, and believed a lie that made him hate Cassio....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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Othello And Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... (Shakespeare 5.2.3-6) Othello feels that it is his duty to kill Desdemona because it would be in everyone’s best interest. Deep down, he does not want to kill her at all because he still loves her, even though Iago has told him that she cheated on her. We also get a good sense of Othello’s hesitation and sorrow in Oliver Parker’s version of Othello. Macbeth on the other hand, had different motives for all of the destruction he had caused. Othello’s motives were because he believed that Desdemona had to be killed for the sake of everyone, but Macbeth’s motives were strictly for himself and his wife....   [tags: Macbeth, Three Witches, Othello, Throne of Blood]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- In many relationships, there is suspicion or distrust, but it rarely leads to such murder, hate, and suicide so contemptible as in William Shakespeare’s Othello. In the play, three innocent characters spiral downward to their deaths as the sinister Iago unravels his scheme for revenge. These three are Othello the Moor, Cassio, and Desdemona who is Othello’s faithful wife. Desdemona receives the sour end of the bargain as she has never done anything to upset Iago, but rather she is killed for loving Othello and for being a friend toward Cassio....   [tags: Othello, Love, Iago, Desdemona]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- In Shakespeare 's Othello, Iago persuades Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful by manipulating multiple characters in the play. Iago is a very crafty character who succeeds in using the power of language to carry out his plans without revealing his true intentions to other characters. In the play, Iago puts the seed of jealousy and suspicion in Othello’s mind by playing with everybody’s emotion. In the process, he ends up causing the death of all major characters, including the protagonist. Iago’s scheme starts off when Cassio was given a higher position as lieutenant....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Brabantio]

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Shakespeare's Use of Aristotle's Guidelines to Tragedy in Creating the Play Othello

- Throughout time, the tragedy has been seen as the most emotionally pleasing form of drama, because of its ability to bring the viewer into the drama and feel for the characters, especially the tragic hero. This analysis of tragedy was formed by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, and also noted in his Poetics (guidelines to drama). As a playwright, Shakespeare used Aristotle’s guidelines to tragedy when writing Othello. The play that was created revolved around the tragic hero, Othello, whose tragic flaw transformed him from a nobleman, into a destructive creature, which would inevitably bring him to his downfall....   [tags: othello]

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A Summary of Othello

- Written by William Shakespeare, “Othello” is a twisted tale of deceit and betrayal that turned a beautiful love into a murderous plot due to outside jealousy. The play begins in with Iago and Rodrigo arguing in Venice. Iago is a soldier who is under Othello’s command and Rodrigo has been paying him to spy on Othello because he wishes to be with Desdemona, Othello’s lover. Rodrigo believes that Iago is loyal to Othello and has not been keeping up his end of the bargain due to his lack of information ....   [tags: Othello Summary Essays]

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Racism in Othello

- Racism is just one of the many problems that we have here in the United States today. Racism isn’t as bad as it used to be but it’s still here. In Othello, written by the one and only William Shakespeare, racism is the main theme and focus. England became involved in the slave trade during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Slights 377). Racism started in the twentieth century after this was written but the way the Elizabethan era viewed black people was similar to how racism is today (Bartels 433)....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... In order for Iago to bring down Othello he also has to take down the man that was given the position that he wanted in the first place. Before Iago’s plan can work he needs to make Othello angry enough to fire Cassio from the army. Iago’s plan is successful and Cassio is fired from the army. Then, Iago says to Cassio, “Othello’s wife has a lot of influence now. He’s completely devoted to her. Go open your heart to her. Ask her to help you get back your position”(2.3). Iago tells Cassio this in order to make an illusion for Othello to make him believe that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Michael Cassio]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- Manipulation is viewed in a negative light in society, but if used correctly, such as advertisement, can be quite effective. Despite the fact that Iago is considered to be Othello’s right-hand man, he uses conniving and manipulation to get revenge, shaping every odd occurrence and event to his own cowardly schemes. Iago gets inside of Othello’s mind and uses his jealousy and persecution as the Moor against him. He controls Rodrigo and ultimately destroys his reputation as well as influences Cassio when he is depressed....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Michael Cassio, Emilia]

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Gender Roles and Racism in Othello

- Gender roles and racism play a big part in Shakespeare’s Othello. “Othello is unique among Shakespeare's great tragedies. Unlike Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, which are set against a backdrop of affairs of state and reverberate with suggestions of universal human concerns, Othello is set in a private world and focuses on the passions and personal lives of its major figures. Indeed, it has often been described as a "tragedy of character" (Locklear). Adding well-developed female characters to the play Othello creates a dimension of gender conflict and feminist views....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello, Race, and the Effect on Character

- With the influx of trade during the Elizabethan Era, English society encountered an increase of descriptions and encounters with people from remote countries, including Africa. With these happenstances, brought misunderstandings of people and cultures, therefore race and discriminations began to form. Shakespeare’s protagonist in Othello, a Moor, was affected by societal standards in his ability to develop as an individual because of physical characteristics and internal insecurities because of the conflict, which tears him between two cultures....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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A Closed Reading of Othello's Speech

- Othello is a man who is respected as a General in the Army. Brabanzio even considered him a friend. Thanks to Iago planting a seed in Brabanzio ear about his daughter, Desdemona, Brabanzio accused Othello of taking his daughter away from him by means of drugs or poision. Othello has fought on the battle-field and now finds himself on a very different kind of battle-field. He finds himself in a position of being forced to defend his honor, friendship and his love. There has been accusations made against Othello, so in a room filled with signors, masters, the Duke, and Brabanzio, Othello has a strategy of battlement in his own way....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Jealousy in Othello

- Shakespeare’s Othello is a play consistently based on jealously and the way it can destroy lives. One is quick to think this jealously is based on Othello’s lack of belief in Desdemona’s faithfulness to him or his suspensions over Desdemona’s affair with Cassio, Othello’s honorable lieutenant. Upon closer inspection of the jealously that exists throughout the play it becomes clear that his jealously is not the sole start and reason for all of the destruction that occurs. Iago, a good friend of Othello, is not who he appears to be....   [tags: Shakespeare, Othello]

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The Breakdown of Sympathy for Othello

- Some critics discuss the breakdown in sympathy for Othello during the 20th Century. Do you agree that this is the case and does it apply to Giovanni. As defined by Aristotle in his analysis of tragedy, an audience must experience a sense of catharsis to be affected by a tragedy, meaning it is key that sympathy is felt for the tragic hero or the tragedy will be ineffectual. What makes Othello a successful tragedy is the way that Shakespeare establishes pity for Othello throughtout the play, even in his lowest moments as a character, and it is the lack of this in Tis Pity She’s A Whore that means the audience loses any sense of pathos by the end of the play....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Clever and Devious Iago of Othello

- In Othello, Iago serves as a clever manipulator. He uses his skills on the stupid and naïve Roderigo to get revenge on Othello. Iago’s main reason for his hatred of Othello is because he is passed over for the lieutenant position given to Michael Cassio. Iago also seems to delight in the manipulation and destruction he is causes. One major way Iago uses his manipulation on Roderigo is by jealousy. At the start of the play, we hear a conversation between Roderigo and Iago. Roderigo is angry because he has been giving money to Iago to help him gain the love of Desdemona, but he learns of Desdemona’s marriage to Othello....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Jealousy and Race in Othello

- Othello is one of Shakespeare’s tragedies; originally written as a play and performed to an Elizabethan audience. Othello and many of Shakespeare’s other plays have been performed to various audiences since, and have been adapted into Opera, Ballet, Film and television productions. Othello has survived the centuries to this day and age; and continues to captivate and remain relevant to a modern audience; Othello certainly is a timeless classic work of art. “The object of tragic imitation is men in action.” As stated by Aristotle in his work, Poetics....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello is Not a Tragic Hero

- Othello has been described as one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays because the play focuses on its themes of good and evil, military, politics, love and marriage, religion, racial prejudice, gender conflict, and sexuality; but the controversy and debate surrounding Othello is “Why is Othello a qualification for a tragedy?” Most readers are aware of the many famous deaths or acts of death within the Shakespearean plays. And when the main characters die in Shakespeare’s plays, indeed, the readers would categorize the play as a tragedy....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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An Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello

- “Think on thy sins” (5.2.43) he says, “They are loves I bear to you” (5.2.44) I respond. “Ay, and for that thou diest” (5.2.45). There is no pleading with my lord, his once amorous filled eyes are now brimming with anger, and anguish. This whole conversation has turned my mind into mush. How can he think that I would ever love Cassio. Is it not plain that he, Othello, is my lord and the only object of my affection. Does it not matter. I think it doesn’t. Othello’s whole body is shaking (5.2.50) and his eyes are rolling (5.2.41), these signs do not bode well for my life....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Evil Iago of Othello

- Iago is the poisoner and his job is to ruin lives to get what he wants by using his ironic words to destroy his victims. His evil disguised plan works on foolish Othello and Cassio, who foolishly trust Iago. Iago uses both Cassio and Othello to his advantage, noticing how trustworthy they are of him. Both Cassio and Othello make the mistake of calling Iago, honest Iago (II. Iii. 355), and when he hears this he knows that he controls Cassio and Othello. Iago is smart. He is also underestimated and ruthless....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- Shakespeare’s “Othello,” one of his most well-known works, tells the story of a Venetian Moor named Othello and his tragic fall at the hands of a manipulating and deceptive Iago. The 1995 film adaptation of “Othello” by Oliver Parker attempts to capture the spirit of the play that Shakespeare envisioned. Though trying its best to stay as true to the original play as possible, it does at times depart from Shakespeare’s version. In Oliver Parker’s version of Othello, the film relies heavily on the setting, costumes and acting of the actors, portrays the characters differently than they are presented in the original work, and adds a variety of scenes while removing other aspects of the play....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Othello, Kenneth Branagh]

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Use of Imagery in Othello

- Before the ability to read words, pictures can be used to communicate to babies or even the illiterate. Pictures are universal. They will be seen as the same language no matter what part of the globe you are in. A good author can create pictures through his words. A great author can create the same imagery for centuries to come. The function of imagery in the mid-sixteenth century play Othello by William Shakespeare is to add characterization and eventually define meaning in the play. The antagonist Iago is defined through various images, some being the use of poison and sleeping aids, to show his true evil nature....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Character Analysis of Roderigo in Othello

- In Shakespeare’s play, Othello, several incidents occur that portray the purpose of Roderigo’s character. If one event is isolated from the rest, the thematic desire is lost. It is only when the events are looked at as a whole that the actual theme is obtained. Roderigo is a minor character who carries out a vital role in the play. Although Roderigo has very few lines, he plays a crucial role on a thematic level. The play begins with a conversation between Roderigo and Iago. The opening lines are significant in that they set the tone and initiate the plot....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Misunderstood Iago of Othello

- Shakespearian tales always leave us with a plethora to ponder about the Elizabethan age and Shakespeare himself. “Othello” is no break in this mold, leaving us to ponder the roll of Iago within the harsh tale of love and murder. Iago is the one to tell Othello of his wife’s betrayal with Cassio, hence making up a story that will work to his favor yet betray those around him. Iago betrays his wife, Emilia, but not only her as he drags Othello, Desdemona, and Cassio into the mix of lies and the hatred he is spreading to improve his rank with Othello....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- Cruel Iago Alfred Lord Tennyson once said, “A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies”, implying that when a lie has somewhat of a truth to it, it could be more damaging than a lie without truth to it. Lies are part of everyone 's human nature, some lies are not meant to hurt people but other lies do, even if they are only half lies. In William Shakespeare 's play “Othello”, the character Iago is no different than people to this day that have this human nature trait, but in his case he uses it to hurt people....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Othello]

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Iago the Machiavellian in Othello

- Throughout history, there have been many human beings whom have been seen as either a hero or a villain. In their childhood, these people must had obstacles that were in their way, causing each individual to either work harder or give up. People, however; must understand that each individual has a potential in achieving their goals, but if one is mistreated or deceived due to jealousy, resentment, hatred, or ambition, it can lead to many catastrophic events. People who have pride and arrogance do not want to have equals, rather they want to see their victims suffer....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Shakespeare 's Othello : The Downfall Of The Moor Othello

- William Shakespeare’s Othello follows the downfall of the Moor Othello and those associated with him. Othello’s ensign, Iago, causes the demise of Othello as payback for not being chosen as Othello’s lieutenant. Shakespeare makes Iago a puppeteer in a sense so that he may control those around him without getting caught, up until his own demise. Through the manipulation of the people around him, and Othello’s emotions and insecurities, Iago manages to completely destroy the lives of Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo, Emilia, and everyone affected by the innocent deaths....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, Iago, Envy]

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Emilia's Intelligence in Shakespeare's Othello

- In Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello, Emilia expresses her underrated intelligence to prove others' beliefs against her. Unlike the other women in the book, Emilia understands men and their thinking; therefore she shows no shame for standing up for what she believes in. Emilia unexpectedly ruins her husband's plan, which suddenly alters the outcome the story. Emilia without a doubt out smarts everyone, including her own brilliant husband, Iago, but little does he know that his loyal wife surprisingly ruins his plan....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Violence in Shakespeare's Othello

- Violence in Shakespeare's Othello In William Shakespeare's Othello violence can be found in several different ways. Violence can be expressed physically, mentally, and verbally. This tragic play shows how jealousy and envy can overpower a person's mind and lead them to wreak havoc on others. Not only does this story give many different examples of violence, it displays how mental violence can promote physical violence, and continues on in that cycle. Mental promotes physical which ultimately leads back to mental....   [tags: Othello Shakespeare]

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Analysis of Othello's Speech

- Othello is a man of romantic nature. He fell in love with the beautiful Desdemona. He was accused of stealing her away from her father. Othello was of a different race and did not fit in with her family. Othello makes a plea for Desdemona and tells his story which wooed her to begin with. Othello tells of the love that her father showed him since his boyish days. This was like a match made in heaven that overcame many obstacles which got in their way. Othello could not understand why he was good enough to work and fight alongside of her father, but was not good enough for his daughter....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Opposing Views On Othello 's Othello

- Opposing Views on Character Fault in Shakespeare’s Othello In Shakespeare’s Othello, the main characters suffer a tragic demise at the end. While it is clear that somebody is to blame for the unfortunate events, the main culprit behind the tragedy remains unclear. Three different authors, the humanists Baldassare Castiglione, Juan Luis Vives, and the Puritan preacher William Whately would all disagree on which character is to blame. While Castiglione would put Iago at fault for his misogynistic words and actions, Vives would say that Brabantio is the one to blame for his lack of control over his daughter Desdemona, and Whately would argue that Othello could have avoided this whole ordea...   [tags: Marriage, Othello, Juan Luis Vives, Iago]

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The Negative Impact of Gender Roles in Othello

- While there have been a great number of changes in the world since Shakespeare wrote Othello, there are a few truths about humanity and society that remain true. Othello is notorious for it’s examination of race, but is not given enough credit for its observations of gender. Iago embodies masculine gender roles in a severe and exaggerated way, allowing his desire for proving his masculinity to corrupt him morally. Iago then turns and uses his own fears of inadequacy against Othello as the root of his revenge and to improve his own self-image....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and Iago

- Othello and Iago The tragedy "Othello" by William Shakespeare is a story based upon the revenge of two characters, Othello and Iago. These two characters help to prove Murphey's Law which states that if something wrong can happen it will: for Othello it is the wrongful killing of his wife and friend, for Iago it is getting caught for his actions and finally being tortured. Many historians, actors, and readers would like to argue that Othello and Iago are very complex but at a closer look you will notice that their actions are purely based upon revenge for their iniquities....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello, the Moor of Venice: A Tragic Hero

- Miller’s Willy Loman exemplifies the core elements of a tragic hero who experiences a shift in understanding, fears that result in failing, and belief that any man, even a Lo-man, can experience that which is tragic. In Shakespeare's Othello the Moor of Venice, Othello is considered a tragic hero because he undergoes a Othello possesses both a noble birth and displays heroic qualities. One might argue, that he is a “Moor”, so this automatically places him on a lower level than most of society, and can’t classify as being born noble....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Desdemona in Othello

- Desdemona in Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello, the wife of the protagonist is Desdemona. She is a lovely, intelligent, wholesome and pious person. This essay will analyze her.   In Act 1 Scene1, Iago persuades the rejected suitor of Desdemona, Roderigo, to accompany him to the home of Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, in the middle of the night. Once there the two awaken him with loud shouts about his daughter’s elopement with Othello. In response to Iago’s vulgar descriptions of Desdemona’s involvement with the general, Brabantio arises from bed and, with Roderigo’s help, gathers a search party to go and find Desdemona and bring her home....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Black Heart in a White World: Othello

- In the play, Othello written by William Shakespeare in 1602, the protagonist Othello has three distinct personalities that abide through the conflicts in the play and define his personality more and more through each page turn. Throughout the play the reader witnesses many different personalities carried out by Othello, the most prominent being; doubtfulness, rationality, and his being a “jealous monster”. Even though on the surface, his personalities may seem very contradictive of one another, they are not....   [tags: othello, shakespeare, ]

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Othello And Desdemona

- Obsidian and Alabaster: Othello and Desdemona Othello and Desdemona’s marriage was doomed from the start. Even considering the racial nature of the marriage, his lack of a constant home, and the improper method of his courting, there is another reason why their marriage would never have worked. Othello’s label of Desdemona prevents him from considering her a person. He thinks of her instead as superior to himself in every way, to the point that she is a god. Her race, beauty, and status make her godly in his mind....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Othello and Desdemona]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- In the play “The Tragedy of Othello” by Willian Shakespeare, Othello Changes from an intelligent and confident person to a senseless and insecure person. This change in his personality occurs mainly because: Iago plans to ruin his relationship with Desdemona, he was an Outsider, he had bad judgement when it came to trusting people and failed to see reality, his negative thinking about himself and his relationship with Desdemona. Iago is a very strategic and clever person, and he despises Othello because Othello appointed Cassio as a lieutenant over Iago....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... Iago takes the audience’s silence as a cue to proceed in like manner, although the audience would much appreciate the chance to speak out against it, because they condemn Iago’s thoughtless actions and despise egging him on. However, since the audience has no option but to remain silent, Iago continues to use them for his relief, just like a sidekick. Furthermore, another example proving that his only source of comfort and motivation stems from the audience comes in a monologue about Cassio’s promotion: “Despise me / If I do not....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Othello]

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Racism and Cultural Differences Exposed in Othello

- Othello, from the onset, is shown to us a play of love and jealousy. There is however more to this play than just love and jealousy; there is underlying racism, hate, deception, pride, and even sexism between these pages. Othello is a transcendent play, one that will survive the perils of time simply because it is still relevant. Even today, over 400 years later, there are still issues of racism and sexism. Hate is as natural as love in humans and Othello gets right to the root of that. We witness this from the very first scene, “…you’ll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse/ you’ll have your nephews neigh to you” (I.i.112-14); to the very last, “Moor she was chaste....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Importance of Race in Othello

- Throughout time, writing has evolved such that gender, race and creed have taken on a more pivotal role in fiction. Some people argue that race in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Othello,” is hardly an issue. However, to many people, race is everything in “Othello. The challenges that Othello, the lead character, faces are directly attributed to his “Moor” complexion and if he were of a different nationality, the outcome of his situation would have been drastically different. These claims are supported by the articles of “Othello’s Alienation” by Edward Berry and “Race Mattered: Othello in Late Eighteenth-Century England” by Virginia Mason Vaughan that argue that race is a major element in “...   [tags: Discuss the importance of race in Othello]

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Othello By William Shakespeare : Blame For The Downfall Of Othello

- Iago has been to blame for the downfall of Othello because he is the one that created the jealousy within Othello. Iago started this because he was jealous of Othello because he was not made lieutenant, and Cassio was. Iago has been selfish and takes it upon himself to get revenge against Othello. Iago has been excellent at saying the what is needed to get to people, he misleads them to get a reaction he wants out of them. He is clever with his words to avoid confrontation that can easily happen....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, Iago, Michael Cassio]

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Othello Is Not The Deaths Or Betrayals?

- ... (Snow, 1980) Iago takes this opportunity to play to Othello’s anxious masculinity by making him think that he is to blame for Desdemona’s cheating. Iago says, “She did deceive her father, marrying you” (3.3.221) which implies that Desdemona is not to be trusted as she has already betrayed a man who held power over her. This causes Othello to fall deeper into his mistrust not only of himself for trusting her but in Desdemona herself. He had never looked at the betrayal she committed by marrying him and this creates a pattern in his mind of Desdemona betraying the men she “belongs” to....   [tags: Othello, Marriage, Man, Iago]

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Othello Journal Act IV

- Othello Journal Act IV In Act IV of Othello, by WIlliam Shakespeare, Iago continues his torture of Othello. Iago torments Othello until Othello pratically faints. He keeps pushing and pushing Othello saying that Cassio has layed with Desdemona. It is noticed by the reader that Othello has gone from his once artiqulate to an Iago-like crude speech. "Lie with her. lie on her. We say lie on her, when they belie her. Lie with her. that's fulsome. --Handkerchief--confessions--handkerchief!--To confess, and be hanged for his labour;--first, to be hanged, and then to confess.- -I tremble at it....   [tags: Othello ]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- ... “I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my husband; And so much duty as my mother showed to you, preferring you before her father, so much I challenge that I may profess due to the Moor my lord (Shakespeare 1,3,185-188).” Desdemona basically tells her father, in a respectful manner, that she will marry who she wants to and that he has no control over her life any more. This type of attitude and language was very unusual for this time period. Even in some societies in the twenty first century women are expected to obey fathers to a point that they no longer have much say of what happens in their life....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Woman, London]

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Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- ... Iago I find to be the root of all evil in the story of Othello because the jealously of others manipulates his actions for the worst. Iago then lays out how is going to gain everything he wants in his life by saying “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse. For I mine own gained knowledge should profane If I would time expend with such But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad that ’twixt my sheets ’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....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, Iago, Envy]

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Othello’s Desdemona: A Representation of Good

- In sixteenth century literature, women rarely were given substantial roles. Often women were depicted as having great folly or the source of the main character’s downfall. Even in the twenty-first century, many critics still believe that Shakespeare’s Desdemona in Othello has no other purpose than to be a puppet in Iago’s diabolical plan. However, to draw such a conclusion would be a mistake. Shakespeare used Desdemona to personify a Christ-like figure, a representation of good in the battle of good versus evil, and an independent warrior to prove that she is a round character in Othello....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello Desdemona By William Shakespeare

- In Shakespeare 's Othello, Desdemona is Othello’s loyal wife. Desdemona has a high status due to her father being a Venetian senator and she’s also married to the general Othello. No matter what Othello did to her, whether it was calling her vulgar names or hitting her, she never blamed her husband. No matter what her husband does she always forgive her husband. With the situation of Othello being blinded by jealousy and not treating his wife well, Desdemona should be pitied rather than be admired....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Marriage]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- ... The complicating effects of honor and jealousy are obvious in this love web. The Queen’s honor to the King can be seen through her adultery, and Huncamunca’s honor can be seen through her divided affection between her two admirers. As for jealousy, everyone in the play appears to be jealous of everyone else. All of the villains, which are said to be everyone excluding the hero and heroine, instigate the actions that turns into violence. (Mazzeno) In Shakespeare’s play Othello, it is clear that jealousy is the main idea that everyone takes part in....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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The Handkerchief Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- The Significant of the Handkerchief in Othello by William Shakespeare The handkerchief influences and affects multiple characters in the play. We see the cloth speaks to Othello and his affection for Desdemona being his first blessing he gives her, but in the play we see Othello is suspicions of Desdemona and her loyalty towards him. However the handkerchief is a link to Othello’s past; he got it from his mother when she was dying. Othello uses the handkerchief to show his love to Desdemona....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Marriage, Emilia]

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Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- ... His manner of speech could have been about a vase in a house . Throughout Othello womens are described, compared and seen as a thing of use, of possession even of seduction and allure but never with respect. Iago describes his wife Emilia as a seat, and seems to categorize women simply as housewives. For Brabantio who loved his daughter made no illusion about his ideas of women when he after accepting the relationship between his daughter Desdemona and Othello, as a goodwill says, ‘use Desdemona well’(1.3.288)....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Husband]

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The Valiant Moor Othello's Downfall

- The term of address 'valiant Moor' is used by the senator and conveys the idea that Othello is the protector and saviour of Venice. Othello is a black man of a very high status and can be see as valuable and indispensible to the state, as he is needed to fight in the war. The fronted conjunction 'But' shows that Othello unfortunately, has a fatal flaw of being very open with those he thinks he can trust on face value alone/ Othello's devotion and love to Desdemona in Act 1 could lead him to becoming jealous very easily of his wife....   [tags: Othello, shakespeare, character, ]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice was written by William Shakespeare, and it is only one of countless notable plays he wrote. A reoccurring theme in Othello is jealousy brought on usually by deception; throughout the play people often hide their true intentions and are not always what they appear to be like W.H Auden said “There 's always another story. There 's more than meets the eye.” The relationships Iago built on manipulation, lies, and false promises were a crucial part of the play; Iago was able to deceive other characters by twisting the situation so that characters like Roderigo, Cassio, and Othello misinterpreted what they saw....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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Symbols Of Shakespeare 's Othello

- Symbols are an important part of literature used to help enhance stories. A symbol can allow readers to understand a story on a deeper and more meaningful level. They can also provide an insight to characters depending on their relation the symbol itself. Shakespeare frequently uses symbols in his plays to symbolize an idea that is more abstract. For example, a handkerchief in Othello is a key symbol in the play. The importance of the small object becomes evident as the play progresses. Although many characters come in contact with the handkerchief throughout the play, it holds special importance to the characters Othello, Desdemona, and Iago....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Marriage, Love]

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The Significance of the Handkerchief in Othello

- How can one small piece of fabric manifest so much havoc. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, there is great significance of a powerful symbol that completely alters the fate of the story. “In the case of the handkerchief, it stands for several things, things that cannot be seen” (Hacht 663). This symbol, the handkerchief, is given to Desdemona by Othello, as a token of his love, and to their new beginnings as husband and wife. However, the meaning of the handkerchief is viewed differently in various characters perspectives....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello Essays]

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Othello: Iago is the Devil Incarnate

- In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, Iago the antagonist of the play is one of Shakespeare’s most multifaceted villains. Through deception Iago makes his fellow characters believes he is a true and honest man. All the while he is manipulating and deceiving every single one of them. Iago is not the typical villain one would now see in cinema. He has much more depth and complexity, and can be believed to be amoral; this is what gives his character such prowess. One of the most brilliantly crafted villains in history, Iago is an incredibly intelligent and creative man who shows throughout the play how apt he is at twisting the truth and turning the facts upside down, using strategies and t...   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello]

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Othello as a Tragic Hero

- Othello is a tragic hero because of his greatnesses and his weaknesses. He is a noble man who possesses all the qualities of a military leader, which he is. He has control over himself and shows courage as well as dignity. Just as Othello is a virtuous man there are some flaws within him, these flaws complete him ff as a tragic hero. Othello is often blinded by trust and can not see a person for who they really are. He trusts the people around him even when they mean to afflict harm upon him. Through this, it can be seen why Othello is one of the most tragic hero out of all the characters from Shakespeare’s many plays....   [tags: Othello, Tragic Heroes, Shakespeare, ]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' Othello '

- ... O is inaccurate to Othello by William Shakespeare, due to the fact there is no concrete evidence to Iago’s motives, unlike in the movie. However, in O Hugo has clear motives for manipulating Odin (Criniti 116). Hugo’s jealously steams from “an angry teenage cry for attention, especially for the attention of an emotionally distant father,” writes Criniti (Criniti 116). Hugo lacks definite motives within the play and for an accurate adaptation of the movie the viewer should conclude his motives themselves, without being guided on how to understand the characters....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello, Iago]

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Human Weakness in Macbeth and Othello

- Macbeth is one of the best known plays written by Shakespeare in the 17th century, Jacobean period. It was the period where the belief in supernatural was greatly held and king James I himself, the author of Divine rights of king adhered in witchcraft and openly practiced the idea of kings being God’s representatives on earth, so to even complain about them was a sin. The tragic hero, brave and valiant Macbeth had all the required characteristics of the ideal Scottish soldier; valorous and gallant but he is bound to have a tragic flaw which he is powerless over and the cause of his inevitable death, his ‘vaulting ambition’ and greed....   [tags: Compare Macbeth Othello]

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Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- Shakespeare has written some of the most outstanding pieces of literature through out history that have lasted through out the ages. But, critics often critique Shakespeare as being sexist towards women in his work. He often portrays them as weak minded, evil, or as sexual objects. Ophelia, Queen Gertrude, Lady Macbeth, and Juliet Capulet are just a few female heroines that are accused of being feeble or heinous. Shakespeares Othello represents Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca as weak characters that do not become triumphant by the end of the play....   [tags: Iago, Othello, William Shakespeare]

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Desdemona as a Tragic Victim in ‘Othello’

- In Shakespeare’s play “Othello” the main characters Othello and Desdemona suffer a tragic fate due to their actions and unforeseen circumstances. A majority of Desdemona’s suffering is down to Iago’s manipulation. However, it could also be argued that Iago is not completely to blame for the misfortune of Desdemona. We as the readers can see evidence of this at certain points in the play where Iago has planted the seeds of despair and Desdemona and Othello have fallen for his plans. In this essay, I will look at key moments in the play where Desdemona is presented as a tragic victim by the writer and justify why she is a tragic victim using quotes from the play....   [tags: Othello, characters, shakespeare, ]

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Othello As An Artist Of Evil

- ... He enjoys ruining people’s lives and he does it with a craftsmanship, appreciating the elegance or the cleverness of a particular step in his schemes as much as its final results. Iago’s opinion and treatment of women in the play also contributes to the audience’s perception of him as cruel and unpleasant. Iago treats his wife Emilia in a very derogatory way,”It is a common thing… To have a foolish wife” (Iago Act 3 Scene 3, Line 306 and 308). Even when she pleases him he calls her “A good wench” (Line 319)....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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Othello, The Moor Of Venice

- Over the years, literature has brought people memorable villains in plays, moving pictures, and various novels. One character deserves to be ranked high in the category of greatest villains, but it is not the reason one would think. Iago, one of the popular characters in The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, had the ability to manipulate the other characters so well that it awed the audience and in the end deceived them too. An article in by Haim Omer and Marcello Da Verona they asked the question, “How could Iago, on the strength of words, suggestions, and innuendoes – without the slightest shred of concrete evidence – convince and change Othello so thoroughly that, in the course of a...   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Brabantio]

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Analysis Of ' Othello And Pride And Prejudice ``

- Change is an inevitable factor of life that many individuals experience on a daily basis, leading either to extraordinary transformations or deteriorating aspects of an individual’s character. In literature, change is a key element to the understanding of a character’s construction both physical and psychological. Throughout Captain Corelli’s Mandellis, Othello and Pride and Prejudice, transformation of characters explicitly portrays both the uncertainty of one’s true self being, progression or regression due to turbulent relationships....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Character, Novel]

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Othello: Iago's Soliloquies and Intentions

- Iago’s Soliloquies and Intentions In every play there is at least one character that jumps of the page and begs for your attention. In The Tragedy of Othello by William Shakespeare this character is Iago. Iago is a devious man, liar, manipulator, and psychopath. It seems as though in the world of Shakespeare there is always consent power struggles throughout almost all his plays (list several examples) However, to me the most interesting of all of these, is in the play Othello. Where Iago seeks revenge on an unknowing Othello....   [tags: Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare]

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Antigone and Othello: Tragic Heroes

- Othello and Antigone are both tragic heroes. They do great deeds and have great power or strength. For example, Othello defeats Venice's enemies. Antigone makes sure that a Theban right is a Theban due. But fatal character flaws destroy the lives of the two heroes. Both of them suffer from pride and uncontrolled passion. Othello is so proud of his integrity and courage that he doesn't recognize his violent temper and his manipulability by Iago. Antigone is so proud of her commitment to the true, the right, the proper, and the correct that she doesn't respect differing, less passionate opinions....   [tags: Antigone, Othello, tragedy, Heroes,]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- Emilia breaks the mold of the entire structure of women in a society male dominated in Othello by her wisdom, conscious thought, tolerance, and above all her final actions. She’s not necessarily a feminist or activist she wisely decides her actions and carefully chooses her situation. In fact by extension all the women in Othello stand in contrast to their male counterparts “The women in Othello are not murderous, and they are not foolishly idealistic or foolishly cynical as the men are.” (Neely....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Gender, Woman]

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