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Ominous Evil in Othello - Ominous Evil in Othello       In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello the presence of ominous evil is present in the play from opening scene to closing scene. Let us discuss this concept of evil as manifested in the drama.   H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, addresses the character of the general’s ancient:   With such a man everything is food for his malice. There is no appeasing him. His ego feeds upon the misfortunes he contrives for others, and what he feeds on only makes him hungrier....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Free Essays - Evil and Good in Othello - Evil and Good in Othello Life in general is often used as a system of ways to define what kind of person you are by its end. Shakespeare takes that theory into test upon his characters in his work of the famous play Othello. Through the verbal twists and turns along with the addition of color symbolisms, the personalities of Othello, Iago, Desdemona are revealed to their fullest extents, along with their own balance of good and evil within. When this is realized by this famous Shakespearian work, the judgment of good and evil is carried out, and as a result of mass purging of emotions, neither prevails in the resolution....   [tags: Othello essays] 1089 words
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The Power of Evil in Shakespeare's Othello - Othello by William Shakespeare is a story about an African general in Cyprus that falls in love and marries a white senator’s daughter and then is manipulated by evil to kill her. Shakespeare is teaching that the nature of evil is to manipulate and destroy people’s lives. Shakespeare is saying that the power of evil is to manipulate people. Iago is talking to Othello about his wife. “look to your wife observe her well with Cassio wear your eye thus not jealous nor secure"(3.3.194) Iago is manipulating Othello by telling him that Desdemona has something to do with Cassio and to keep an eye on her but not to take action....   [tags: killing, manipultate, destroy]
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The Good and Evil in Literature and Poetry - The Good and Evil in Literature and Poetry Sir Philip Sidney, in his quote about poetry (literature) as it pertains to real life vice and virtue, is indeed correct that it can have a lasting effect on the way one acts, however, he is making a gross generalization when he states that a portrayal of pure virtue can divinely inspire, where as a portrayal of evil can herd the masses away from evil deeds. The true social value of poetry and literature is not in the portrayal of vice against virtue, but rather when the two meet inside a protagonist....   [tags: Othello] 732 words
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Othello was Insane - Othello was Insane Shakespeare's "Othello" is a prime example of a cleverly crafted tragedy. Othello himself has all the elements of a tragic hero: the personal grievance involving a friend and loved one, the tragic flaw (gullibility), the sacrifice of suicide. Othello's strong love for his wife and the love that Desdemona shows him by betraying her father shows the bond between the two of them. As a man Othello was honorable and noted with high regard around Venice, also a strong and great leader....   [tags: Othello essays] 526 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and the Heroine, Desdemona - Othello and the Heroine, Desdemona         In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello we see a very exceptional woman in the person of Desdemona, wife of the general. She, as Cassio says, is a “paragon” of virtues, unlike the other female characters in the drama.   H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, discusses Desdemona’s entry into the Moor’s life:   But Othello had not known Desdemona long; he had little knowledge of women in any case; his military life had left scant time for cultivating their society or studying them, before he met Desdemona; and there was a bitter modesty in the man, who thought it quite possible that, for...   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Pitiful Characters of Othello - The Pitiful Characters of Othello      In Othello, no "good" love exists between any of the characters. Shakespeare creates a cast of romantic and platonic couples whose affection is weak and unsustainable. Iago, not Othello, is master of this play; he establishes all the action. There is an underlying weakness and depravity in all the characters, or Iago would never have been able to ruin so many lives. But Iago is unswayed by the external; his black heart is his only guide.   When Iago tells Roderigo to awaken Brabantio and set the wheels of distrust in motion, he is loud and boisterous, even vulgar....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Jealousy, the Monster in Shakespeare's Othello - The Monster in Othello      This essay is about William Shakespeare's Othello.  It focuses on Iago's words to Othello, "O, beware, my lord, of Jealousy.  It is the green-eyed monster." in act 3, scene 3 and just how important this warning was not only for Othello, but also for Roderigo and for Iago.         Before considering the importance of Iago's words, it is important to define what jealousy means.  According to The New Lexicon Webster's Encylopedic Dictionary of the English Language, "jealousy is a state of fear, suspicion, revenge  or envy caused by a real or imagined threat or challenge to one's possessive instincts.  It may be provoked by rivalry, in sexual...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello: the Abnormalities in the Play - Othello: the Abnormalities in the Play         William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello boasts quite a little list of abnormalities in both occurrences and personal behavior.   In the volume Shakespeare and Tragedy John Bayley explains how the abnormality of the protagonist’s behavior brings on rejection by the critics:    In our own time more genteel, but also more intellectualized versions of Rymer’s disfavour have been voiced by T.S. Eliot and F.R. Leavis, who both consider and reject the personality that Othello presents to the outside world, pointing out that he is not so much deceived as a self-deceiver, a man presented by Shakespeare as constitutionally incapable of seeing...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello and Different Senses of Abnormal - Othello and Different Senses of Abnormal        As inconsequential as they may initially seem, the various types of abnormalities in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello do impact upon the audience. Let us explore this subject of the deviant in this play.   In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses the abnormal attitude and plans of the ancient as manifested in his verbal imagery:   If we take all the lines of one character out of context and consider them as a unit, we have always a useful body of information; but if, when we study Iago’s lines, we find that he consistently describes himself in images of hunting and trapping, we le...   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Abnormal and Unusual in Othello - The Abnormal and Unusual in Othello       In how many Shakespearean tragedies is there a noble hero will falls into an epileptic seizure – as we find in Othello. Let us consider some of the more abnormal occurrences in the drama.   In Act 4 the evil Iago works up Othello into a frenzy regarding the missing kerchief. The resultant illogical, senseless raving by the general is a prelude to an epileptic seizure or entranced state:   Lie with her. lie on her. – We say lie on her when they belie her....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello: The Destruction of Honor - Othello: The Destruction of Honor In The Tragedy of Othello, William Shakespeare tells the tale of the “noble Moor” whose honor and innocence bring about his downfall. Shakespeare writes of the power of jealousy, and the art of masterful deception and trickery. The story primarily takes place in Cyprus, during a war between the people of Venice and the invading Turks. In this play Shakespeare shows the feelings of Othello’s embittered right-hand man of, Iago, who feels he is passed over for a promotion and swears his revenge....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 972 words
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Copious Imagery within the Tragedy Othello - Copious Imagery within the Tragedy Othello        In the Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello there resides imagery of all types, sizes and shapes. Let us look at the playwright’s offering in this area.   In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses the significance of imagery within this play:   Reiterative language is particularly prone to acquire a continuity of its own and to become “an independent part of the plot” whose effect we can attempt to gauge....   [tags: Othello essays]
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William Shakespeare's Othello - The drama, Othello by W. Shakspeare, is a play that we can read with a great deal of understanding because we can relate it to our society today and to the people who surrounds us. We often witness acts of racism, gender bashing, evil people and suiciders because of poor self perception. In this play we see examples of everything. Throughout the play several different perceptions of people are shown . Most often the characters, specially Othello perceived Iago as "honest Iago" . I believe that we do not get a clear vision of how Iago views himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello] 1045 words
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The Issue of Money in The Tempest and Othello - The Issue of Money in The Tempest and Othello The central issue depicted in both plays The Tempest and Othello is about money. Money in substantial amounts can represent great power and strength over the ruling nation. It plays a major role in our everyday society and one that is fully illustrated in both of Shakespeare’s play. Both of the plays are related to his matter, in that the subplot characters attempt to achieve high respect and, therefore, gain power and strength by deception. A parallelism can be drawn between the characters of Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano from The Tempest to Othello with Iago, Othello involved....   [tags: William Shakespeare The Tempest Othello Essays]
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Iago’s Manipulation in Act One of Shakespeare's Othello - Iago’s Manipulation in Act One of Othello The events that occur in the first half of Act 1 are all in anticipation of the lead character Othello who we are not immediately introduced too. We learn Iago’s name in the second line of the play and Roderigo’s soon after, but Othello is not mentioned by his name once. Instead he is referred to as ‘he’, ‘him’ and is frequently described as ‘the moor’ (1.1.58) he is also described as having ‘thick lips’ (1.1.67) and later as being a ‘Barbary horse’ (1.1.111) is continuously described by his critics, mainly Iago, as a ‘moor’, demonstrating Iago’s frequently concerning nature of race and also portraying Othello as something of an alien....   [tags: Othello essays] 746 words
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Green Eyed Monster In William Shakespeare's Othello - Othello is a tragic play written by an English playwright, William Shakespeare, which contains several themes: love, racism, honesty, Christian values, and reputation, just to name a few. The play takes place in Venice, but soon moves to Cyprus, which the Christians had won from the Turks. By staring en media res in the beginning of the play, Shakespeare introduces that Iago is going to seek revenge on Othello. Iago then manipulates characters’ minds and feelings so he can achieve his goal, which he eventually fails....   [tags: Shakespeare Othello] 1364 words
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Shakespeare's Othello Essay - Honest Iago - Othello - Honest Iago The most interesting and round character in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is "honest" Iago. Through carefully though-out words and actions, Iago manipulates others to do things in which he benefits. Iago is the main driving force in "Othello," pushing several characters towards their tragic end. Iago is not a traditional villain for he plays a unique and complex role. Unlike most villains in tragic plays, evidence of Iago's deception is not clearly visible....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 698 words
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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 ] 268 words
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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] 811 words
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Free College Essays - Change of Characters in Shakespeare's Othello - Change of Characters in Othello Othello's character during the play is first shown as a hero of war and a man of great pride and courage. The other main characters in the play all form their own opinions of him and as the play continues, his character begins to deteriorate and become less noble. Chronologically through the play Othello's character changes from a flawless military leader, to become a murderer. Also as the play progresses, the other characters in the play change their opinions of Othello which causes the plot to happen the way it did....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 1063 words
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Free College Essays - Use of Imagery in Shakespeare's Othello - Use of Imagery in Othello   In William Shakespeare's Othello, the use of imagery and metaphors is significant in conveying meaning as it helps to establish the dramatic atmosphere of the play and reinforce the main themes. Through this, the audience is able to grasp a better understanding of the play. Throughout Othello, images relating to poison frequently occur. These references are predominantly made by Iago. This seems appropriate for Iago who exhibits the characteristics of poison; they being fatal and deadly....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 645 words
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Othello - After reading Othello by Shakespeare over about 3 times, I came to feel sorry for a man that I can easily say was gulled into tragedy by his own purity. I can see Othello as a man that could sit at the ‘Round Table” with King Arthur and rank among those wonderous knights of chivalry. At his end, he had nothing. The Duke calls Othello ‘Valiant Othello’ (1057) Othello also stands ready to face Brabantio, Iago tells him to run. Othello - ‘Not I; I must be found. My parts, my title and my perfect soul Shall manifest me rightly....   [tags: essays research papers] 432 words
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Othello - Othello In William Shaspeare play Othello, Iago make Othello believe that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. He does by taking advantage of any situation to make of Othello doubt. Iago make Othello thing a lot of crazy thing on his head, Othello got so jelous leading him to kill his own wife, Desdemona, satisfying iago obseccion for revenge. The Reason why Iago develop such as evil plan is because Iago suspect that Othello is having an affair with his wife Emilia. He cited when he said "And it is thought abroad that 'twist my sheets he's done my office." The irony behind this line is that he then says, "I know not if't be true, but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if f...   [tags: English Literature Essays] 789 words
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Othello - After reading Shakespeare’s play OTHELLO you have to ask yourself is Othello as much a victim as he is a murderer. An assumption may be that because Othello kills his wife after the devious behavior of Iago, then maybe Othello is a victim of Iago’s evil. Some may argue that the sin of Iago to plot the down fall of the moor, is worse because it becomes a calculating mind compared to Othello’s sin because he has become a pawn in Iago’s hands. However, it is noticed that Othello allows himself to be manipulated....   [tags: essays research papers] 983 words
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Othello - 'Othello is a study into the potency of evil' Discuss this view of the play, paying careful attention to Iago's motives and destructive achievements (you should concerntrate on Act III Scene III though you will have to relate it to other parts of the play). Potent in its literal sense means powerful. This essay therefore is based on a statement saying that the play is a study into the power of evil. Evil is conveyed in many different ways in Othello, but they all seem to radiate from Iago. Therefore it would only be appropriate if I did a study into the evil of Iago, and how it affects everything and everybody in the play....   [tags: essays research papers] 1785 words
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othello - Othello In this speech, Othello lets his mind take over all his self control. A usual cool tempered person Othello is inflicted with rage about the possibility of his wife sleeping with his lieutenant, Cassio. Iago has the ability to cloud the head of Othello with lies about the Desdemona and Cassio causing suffering and tragedy. A tragedy is a serious action or event that always turns out the worst way possible. Iago has setup Othello just enough for Othello to create his own disaster. The literary devises that William Shakespeare uses in this play help us understand the many themes and symbols in the play....   [tags: essays research papers] 589 words
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Othello - Emotional Destruction The tragedy Othello, was written in a time of great racial tensions in England. According to Eldred Jones, in 1600 just three years before Othello was written, Queen Elizabeth proclaimed an order for the transportation of all "negars and blackmoores" out of the country . It is in this manner that Shakespeare began the masterpiece of Othello, a drama about a noble black Arab general, Othello, who falls in love with and marries, Desdemona, a young white daughter of a senator....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Othello - The play Othello by William Shakespeare is based on an Italian story in Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi (Grolier). In Othello we encounter Iago, one of Shakespeare's most evil characters. Iago is an officer in Othello's army and is jealous of Cassio's promotion to Lieutenant. Through deception and appearance, we see unfolded many lies and clever schemes. The astonishing thing about Iago is that he seems to make up his malicious schemes as he goes along without any forethought. Noted writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes Iago's plan as "motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity" (Scott 413)....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1400 words
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Othello - Othello As Iago's role in the play begins to define itself, the plays main theme, which is jealousy, also begins to develop. Iago's role is unclear to the reader in the first scene. He appears to be an honest, trustworthy soldier who was angry because he was overlooked for a promotion. However, the reader later finds out that he is a "malignant and destructive plotter" and would do anything to destroy Othello and anyone close to him (Epstein 381). The fact that he is an evil character remains undetected by the rest of the characters in the play....   [tags: Papers] 650 words
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Othello - In the Elizabethan times, there was a common belief that all beings belonged to a structure called the "Great Chain of Beings". At the top of the chain was God, who was the absolute symbol of perfection, followed by angels which had reason, human beings, and then animals, that were full of passion. It was believed that the human being was a mixture of both the angel and the animal, thus there was conflict between these two halves of a human being. The angel was representative of all that was right and virtuous and in contrast, the animal was representative of all that was wrong and self-serving....   [tags: essays research papers] 1080 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and Desdemona - Othello and Desdemona In the play, The Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare really tests our conception as to what love is, and where it can or can't exist. Judging from the relationship between Desdemona and Othello, the play seems to say that marriage based on an innocent romantic love or profane love is bound to fail. Shakespeare is pessimistic about the existence and survival of a true type of love. There is a common thread of betrayal and deceit among his female characters, especially. Othello and Desdemona, as portrayed in the play, are the two greatest innocents there ever were....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 1464 words
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Free College Essays - When Honor is Gone in Shakespeare's Othello - Othello: When Honor is Gone, What is Left?  This is the question we ask ourselves while reading Shakespeare’s Othello.  Throughout the play Iago’s mission is revealed as trying to strip Othello of all honor, and reduce him to his bestial state.  Iago sees Othello as a beat from the beginning of the play and is determined to expose him to everyone. In order for the world to see what Iago already views Othello as, Iago intends to persuade Othello to violate his code of honor; the honor which is the only thing that separates the beasts from the men....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 481 words
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Reality vs. Illusion in Othello - Reality vs. Illusion in Othello               Reality and illusions are two words which may be confused among people reading or learning about this sort of topic.  Reality is what is real or true and should not be misinterpreted with illusion, which is fake or something a person believes is real.  Often people can put an illusion in some ones head and through words, can manipulate how they think, which affects the person's judgment on what is reality and what is an illusion.  Illusions can be mistaken as being reality and very often there is a person making another believe in the illusion through his/her actions and speech....   [tags: Othello essays] 415 words
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Othello – It Ranks High or Low? - Othello – It Ranks High or Low?        William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello has been given high marks by some critics and low marks by others. Let us elaborate on this problem in this essay.   In the volume Shakespeare and Tragedy John Bayley explains why the modern audience feels so exasperated when viewing this play:   But Othello is not freed by this sense of his own situation: he has been caught in it as if in a snare. And instead of being freed by the hero’s consciousness of things, and sharing it with him, we are forced to stand outside Othello’s delusion....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello’s Ranking Now and Then - Othello’s Ranking Now and Then         From Burbage’s day till the present, the Shakespearean drama Othello has ranked high on the charts. But how high. And when. And why.   Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello,  explains the popularity which this play had at the time of its creation:   Richard Burbage, the leading actor in Shakespeare’s company, played the part of the ‘grieved Moor’ and it was one of his greatest successes. We are told by Shakespeare’s neighbor, Leonard Digges, that audiences were bored with Jonson’s tragedies:   They prized more Honest Iago, or the jealous Moor....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago's Motivation in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago's Motivation in Othello      Iago is a "moral pyromaniac."  Harold C. Goddard writes that Iago consciously and unconsciously seeks to destroy the lives of others, especially others with high moral standards (Goddard 76).  However, Iago is more than just a "moral pyromaniac," he is a moral pyromaniac whose fire is fueled by pure hatred.  He is a hungry powermonger whose appetite for destruction can only be satisfied after he has chewed up and spat out the lives of others.  Iago lusts for power, but his sense of power is attained by manipulating and annihilating others in a cruel and unusual way.  Iago prepares and ignites his victims and then watches, with an e...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Shakespeare's Othello - Loving Desdemona - Loving Desdemona         William Shakespeare, in his tragic drama Othello, creates a most exquisite character in the person of Desdemona. Her many virtues clearly require that she be given detailed consideration by every Christian member of the audience.   David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies describes the depth of virtue within this tragic heroine:   We believe her [Desdemona] when she says that she does not even know what it means to be unfaithful; the word “whore” is not in her vocabulary....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello – where Imagery Abounds - Othello – where Imagery Abounds         The playwright William Shakespeare included plentiful imagery in the tragedy Othello. In this essay we shall analyze and comment on what is offered in the play.   H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, discusses the influence of the imagery of the play:   It has indeed been suggested that the logic of events in the play and of Othello’s relation to them implies Othello’s damnation, and that the implication is pressed home with particular power in the imagery....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Feminine Perspective within Othello - Feminine Perspective within Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello, the male characters far outnumber the female ones. This may tend to cause the feminine viewpoint to be shortchanged. Let’s not let that happen – by consideration of same in this essay.   In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses involvement in the play by Emilia, the wife of Iago:   Emilia’s picking up the handkerchief helps advance the action by contributing to Iago’s deception of Othello, but it is also relevant to her character and to Shakespeare’s conception of the modes of wifely devotion and marital relationship (not to mention its relation...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello: How does it Measure Up? - Othello: How does it Measure Up?         The inconsistent ranking by critics of the Bard of Avon’s tragic play Othello is the subject matter of this essay. Let’s study the possible causes of this problem.   The ranking of this famous play is not cut and dried, totally clarified and undebated. A. C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the equivocal ranking which some critics give this play:   Or is there a justification for the fact – a fact it certainly is – that some readers, while acknowledging, of course, the immense power of Othello, and even admitting that it is dramatically perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest triumph, still regard it with a...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Copious Imagery within the Tragedy Othello - Copious Imagery within the Tragedy Othello        In the Bard of Avon’s tragic drama Othello there resides imagery of all types, sizes and shapes. Let us look at the playwright’s offering in this area.   In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses the significance of imagery within this play:   Reiterative language is particularly prone to acquire a continuity of its own and to become “an independent part of the plot” whose effect we can attempt to gauge....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Pretending by Queen Elizabeth and Othello’s Iago - Pretending by Queen Elizabeth and Othello’s Iago In today's society, nothing is really what it seems.  Those great "free-bees" you win are never really free and no deal is really as good as it sounds.  Even people don't seem to be stable anymore because they are always changing to fit the current trend or to blend in with the newest "crowd".  They live their lives covered with a mask and they forget or don't want to be what is most important, themselves, and this is what is called pretending.  The idea of "pretending" is when someone "seems" or acts to be something they are not.  Although we see this happening a lot today, the act of pretending goes back much further.  The act of "pretend...   [tags: Othello essays] 1814 words
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Free Othello Essays: The Character of Emilia - The Character of Emilia in Othello   Emilia is one of the few straightforward people in the Shakespeare's Othello.  Emilia is taciturn.  When we first meet her in Cyprus, after his throwaway condescending remark about suffering her tongue, and Desdemona's rejoinder that "she has no speech", Iago has to admit that "she puts her tongue a little in her heart and chides with thinking". In the scene of light hearted banter that follows Emilia manages to utter two words.  She really only finds her voice when fired by indignation as when Iago confirms that Desdemona has been called a whore, and even then much of her utterances or short phrases.  Even when she really gets going, lambasting Othel...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 778 words
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