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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] 1629 words
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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]
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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] 1031 words
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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]
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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] 619 words
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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] 755 words
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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] 611 words
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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] 815 words
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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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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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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] 1584 words
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Racism in Othello - ... When Iago and Roderigo talked about Othello, they called him an “Old black ram,” and made a sex reference with Othello and Desdemona by saying that they were “making the beast with two backs.” “The Moor” is a reference to his black skin color, features, and represents the people from North Africa (Bartels 434). Most of the characters, including Desdemona called Othello a Moor. Othello’s blackness, his marriage with Desdemona, and the murder of her are all three important structural elements of Othello and are all related (Little 306)....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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Gender Roles and Racism in Othello - ... “The relationship between Iago and Emilia is a great example of power in gender roles. Iago, the masculine being in the relationship had the power to describe, define and ultimately destroy Emilia; the feminine persona. The definition of women as subservient to men is exemplified in their behavior toward each other. Emilia, hardened to cynicism about male - female relationships by years of marriage, has the view that women are 'food' for men who are 'all stomachs' and 'belch' women when full (3.4.98)....   [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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The Breakdown of Sympathy for Othello - ... Leavis argues that Iago’s resentful description of Othello being ‘stuffed with epithets of war’ is true, as when he talks to the Venecian Senate about his relationship with Desdemona he refers frequently to ‘feats of broil and battle’, giving the impression that he has little else to talk about other than his ventures as a soldier, which may cause some to lose sympathy for him. Perhaps Othello continues to mention his experience ‘on the tented field’ because it reminds others of his achievements; he feels it is his only worthy acheivement, making others view him with respect as a member of the Venetian society....   [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] 1064 words
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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’s death is not of his own choice and being tricked was not a choice Othello addressed. “ Then you must speak Of one that loved not wisely but too well; of one not easily jealous but, being wrought, Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand, Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes” (5.2.333-338). Aristotle’s defined the concept of tragedy as: An imitation of noble and complete action, having the proper magnitude; it employs language that has been artistically enhanced by each of the kinds of linguistic adornment, applied separately in various parts of the play; it is presented in dramatic, not narrative forms, and achieves,...   [tags: Othello Essays]
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Use of Imagery in Othello - ... “If thou be’est a devil, I cannot kill thee.” Othello is strongly characterized by imagery as well throughout the entirety of the play. Shakespeare also uses imagery to force the audience to believe this so called animalistic habits Othello has based off his culture and his background. As shown in, “Your daughter will be covered with a Barbary horse, you will have your nephews neigh, you will have coursers for cousins and gennets for Germans” (I i 8-12) Which is basically calling Othello a horse and you can only imagine how that would go over in todays culture....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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The Misunderstood Iago of Othello - ... (1.1.8-33) As Iago talks to Roderigo at this point he is explaining his motive for what he does next and how he reacts to the news of Cassio becoming lieutenant to Othello instead of him as a well tried and well proven man. This is the exact point when, as many would say, Iago turns evil. This is also seen as a slightly psychopathic move on Iago’s part. Addressing the psychopathic nature of Iago West puts it as this, “Iago is impulsive, but he sees nothing basically wrong with his own behavior, no matter how erratic or antisocial; therefore, he doesn’t bother to find or invent excuses unless prodded” (West 30)....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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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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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] 1336 words
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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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Othello, the Moor of Venice: A Tragic Hero - ... The peripety arrives and Othello exclaims: "Why did I marry. This honest creature doubtless Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds" (3.3.243-4). Othello has said this because had just married the beautiful Desdemona, whom he seemed unlikely to marry because he is a Moor, nevertheless he has been very lucky. This all changed because of Iago’s persistent accusation of Desdemona’s chastity being tarnished by Cassio. In Othello, Othello not only admits that his poor judgment led to his killing Desdemona but also finally recognizes Iago's true intentions thus following anagnorisis....   [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] 811 words
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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, ] 748 words
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Racism and Cultural Differences Exposed in Othello - ... For Desdemona to love Othello she must give up her innocence. For a “pure” and “virtuous” woman to love a man such as Othello she must be a “sinner” and a “whore.” This “realization” of his daughter’s lack of purity causes Brabantio to die due to pure grief as Gratiano explains to us: Poor Desdemon. I am glad thy father’s dead. Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief Shore his old thread in twain… Yea, curse his better angel from his side, And fall to reprobance. (V.ii. 211-13, 215-16) Roderigo also shows racism throughout the play although it is due more to a combination of Iago’s manipulations and his love of Desdemona than his natural feelings....   [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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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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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] 986 words
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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] 908 words
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Othello’s Desdemona: A Representation of Good - ... Iago is irrefutably the symbol of evil throughout the play; his maliciousness does not have any rational explanation. He divulges in his “demi-devil” role by masking himself as a friend to his victims and diminishing the character of two noble men. The only clear motive Iago has is the sense of being under esteemed in the service of Othello, much like Satan’s feelings along side of God. In the same respect, Iago is the serpent that whispers to Othello the temptation of choosing evil over good....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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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, ] 584 words
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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] 884 words
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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, ] 726 words
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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, ] 731 words
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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] 1024 words
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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,] 971 words
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General Othello in Othello -       William Shakespeare gave us a most moving drama in Othello. In this play we witness the demise of a “paragon” of a wife and a “valiant Moor”, Othello. Let us consider the Moor in detail, with professional critical input, in this essay. From the text of the play a number of clues can be gleaned which round out the description of the general. In William Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Paul A. Jorgensen describes the general in Othello: Though scarcely the “barbarian” (1.3.353) he is called, the Moor is emphatically black, probably rough, even fearsome, in appearance, and a foreign mercenary from Mauritania in refined Venice....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello, Cassio, and Iago - Seeing is Believing Proof is something that all human beings seek. Without proving something in order for it to be valid we would have nothing to tell us when something is false. Everyday people use proof as a part of reason; it has been used to turn a hypothesis into a theory, a rumor into fact, without proof we would have nothing. There are many different ways to prove something, some more affective than others; having a person simply tell you something is true or false does not always do the job, but in simplistic matters it may be all they have to work with....   [tags: Othello, Cassio, Iago] 1891 words
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Free Othello Essay: The Disintegration of Othello - The Disintegration of Othello Shakespeare's Othello is a play with unique characters. One such character is the one for which Shakespeare names his play. In the play, Othello disintegrates from a confident leader to a homicidal murderer. Linguistic changes throughout the play attest to this theory. In the opening scenes, Shakespeare portrays Othello as a noble character. When Brabantio seeks vengeance (for "stealing" his daughter) on Othello, Othello expresses his actions will "tongue out his [Brabantio's] complaints" (1.2.21)....   [tags: Othello essays] 592 words
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Othello's Tragic Flaws - Shakespeare has been known to create terrific tales of love and tragedy. Even James Van Der Beek, a well known actor from Dawson's Creek, once commented that, “like all great romantics, Shakespeare realized love was a lot more likely to end with a bunch of dead Danish people than with a kiss”("Americans on the Bard"). This emphasizes how easily people can relate Shakespeare to tragic love. Although he did write many poems and plays with happy endings, his tragedies stand out the most. In these tragedies, people are often led through use of misconception, trickery, or both....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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Themes in Shakespeare's Othello - Othello was written by Jacobean playwright William Shakespeare in 1603. It proved a huge success when first performed in 1604, in front of a huge audience. The story is one of Shakespeare’s great tragedy themed plays. Othello is the black protagonist and highly esteemed Venetian general. Iago is the ambitious but scheming villain of the play. When Othello promotes a man called Michael Cassio over Iago, he is furious and launches a malicious campaign against Othello. Meanwhile, Othello has married a white woman, Desdemona, without her father knowing....   [tags: Othello, Shakespeare, themes,] 1165 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Desdemona, the Heroine in Othello - Desdemona, the Heroine in Othello         In William Shakespeare’s Othello Michael Cassio’s praises of the richly blessed Desdemona, as he awaits her arrival on Cyprus, are well deserved. This essay will amply support this statement.   Blanche Coles in Shakespeare’s Four Giants interprets the protagonist’s very meaningful four-word greeting to Desdemona which he utters upon disembarking in Cyprus:   Othello’s four words, “O, my soul’s joy,” tell us that this beautiful Venetian girl has brought great joy, felicity, bliss to the very depths of his soul....   [tags: Othello essays]
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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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Tragic Flaws of Othello and Oedipus Rex - The future is decided and determined for us by our actions and choices. Humans get to determine which path they desire to proceed along, even if it may seem like the wrong choice. The flaws that each human possesses also contribute to shaping our destinies. Just like in the tragic dramas, the hero of the play exhibits flaws that influence their demise and defeat. A tragic drama is defined as a drama where the hero, or the main character, is brought to devastation or to endure pain and distress. It is usually an outcome from one’s tragic flaw or weakness....   [tags: Othello, Oedipus Rex]
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Analysis of Jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello - Analysis of Jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello Jealousy is described as someone who is feeling or showing envy of someone because of their achievements and advantages. Jealousy plays a major role in Shakespeare’s play Othello. There are many instances throughout the play that show jealousy between the characters. Throughout the play, jealousy is used for destructive purposes only. I believe that Iago longed to get revenge on Othello for previous issues. This only results in a long line of accusations and disputes between the characters in Othello....   [tags: Analysis, Shakespeare, Othello] 501 words
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The Role of the Female Characters in Shakespeare’s Othello - In Shakespeare’s Othello, we the audience are introduced to several characters throughout the course of the play, three of which are female. These characters are Desdemona, wife to Othello, Emilia, wife to Iago and Bianca, Casio’s lover. Shakespeare has chosen to present the reader with only three female characters for specific reasons, as we are able to compare and contrast and see the differences in females in a male dominated society. It also helps us the audience to see how different woman, in different social classes would behave in 16th century Venetian time....   [tags: Shakespeare, Othello] 1612 words
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Analysis of Othello's Iago, The Perfect Villain - How does one create the perfect villain for a story. What qualities are needed in such a character. A good place to start when constructing a villain is to look at William Shakespeare’s villain in Othello, a man called Iago. Iago is wonderfully devious. Throughout the play, he not only poisons Othello’s vision of Desdemona, he does this with no one, excepting Roderigo, the wiser. There are several reasons that make Iago such a terrifying villain. Shakespeare gave certain qualities to his creation that made Iago more than just a evil character....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello]
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The Pride of Othello - The Pride of Othello In Shakespeare's Othello, Othello's pride prevents him from finding the truth, eventually leading to his demise. Initially, Othello and Desdemona are deeply in love, despite her father's disapproval of their marriage. However, when Othello promotes Cassio instead of Iago to Lieutenant, Iago has his revenge by convincing Othello that Desdemona cheats on him with Cassio, destroying the marriage between Othello and Desdemona. Othello grows to meet his downfall when his trusted friend Iago causes him to think that his wife Desdemona is unfaithful....   [tags: Othello essays] 921 words
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The Trials of Othello - The Trials of Othello In Shakespeare's Othello there are three main trials that build the plot of the play. In each of these "trials", Iago though not always the judge tries to be the puppet master. He does this by focusing on each characters fatal flaw. In the play the three main trails go as follows. First there is Othello's trial were he is being judged by the Duke and Brabantio regarding what happened with himself and Desdemona. The second and main trial is that of Othello judging Cassio, though it is not much of a trial per say because Othello is merely listening to what Iago has to say and does not even confront Cassio....   [tags: Othello essays] 929 words
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The Moor in Othello - The Moor in Othello        Who can resist empathizing with the unfortunate protagonist in William Shakespeare’s Othello. He is so noble, and yet so victimized by the cunning Iago.   Is it his “gullibility” which leads to his downfall. Morton W. Bloomfield and Robert C. Elliott  in Great Plays: Sophocles to Brecht posit the “lack of insight” of the hero as the cause of his tragic fall:   Othello’s lack of insight, cunningly played upon by Iago, leads to his downfall. And as the full enormity of his deed dawns upon him in the great scene of tragic self-revelation at the end, the audience may perhaps experience catharsis, that purgation of the soul brought about by an almost unbearabl...   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Motives of a Dishonest Man: Iago in Othello - One of the most outrageous literary vilians of all time is William Shakespeare’s Iago. Iago has been described with many words; villian, antagonist, cruel, selfish, malignant, chaotic, etc. What motivation could one have that would posses them to act in ways to be labeled as such. Are there even any motives present, or is it just the nature of the character that gives Iago his naturaly naughty personality. Many people see the main motive of Iago’s chaotic nature as the simple fact that he can do it, so he does....   [tags: Othello, characters, shakespeare, ] 1917 words
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The Imagery of Othello - The Imagery of Othello Talks         In the tragedy Othello the Bard of Avon uses imagery to talk between the lines, to set moods, to create a more dramatic impact on the mind of the audience, and for other reasons. Let’s consider imagery in this essay.   A surprising, zoo-like variety of animal injury occur throughout the play. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello,  explains the conversion of Othello through his increased use of animal imagery:   Those who have written on the imagery of the play have shown how the hold Iago has over Othello is illustrated by the language Shakespeare puts into their mouths....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Reputation of Othello - The Reputation of Othello         Where in the rankings does this Shakespearean tragedy stand. This essay will explore the answer to this question by considering professional literary commentary.   Francis Ferguson in “Two Worldviews Echo Each Other” ranks the play Othello quite high among the Bard’s tragedies:   Othello, written in 1604, is one of the masterpieces of Shakespeare’s “tragic period.” In splendor of language, and in the sheer power of the story, it belongs with the greatest....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Lieutenant in Othello - The Lieutenant in Othello        Iago, in the Bard’s tragedy Othello, detests in an irrational way the very person of Cassio. Does Michael Cassio deserve the governorship of the island of Cyprus. What is his relationship with Bianca. Let’s look at these and other questions relating to the lieutenant in this essay.   David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies concludes that it is the “daily beauty” in the life of the lieutenant which underlies the destructive behavior of the antagonist:   The “daily beauty” in Cassio’s life makes Iago feel “ugly” by comparison (5.1.19-20), engendering in Iago a profound sense of lack of worth from which he can temporarily find relief onl...   [tags: Othello essays]
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A Play of Love Turned Bad: Shakespeare's Othello - Shakespeare’s famous play Othello is a play of love that has turned bad by the unfounded jealousy of the protagonist character Othello. Arguably the contribution of Othello’s susceptibility to manipulation, his weaknesses and the manipulation of other characters tactics such as Iago each contribute to the downfall of Othello. However, to the extent of which each is more significant varies and this is what will be analysed in this essay. Like many of Shakespeare’s tragic plays each has to have a tragic hero....   [tags: love, othello, shakespeare, ]
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Pure and Foolish Love in Othello - Pure and Foolish Love in Othello     Othello, the central character of William Shakespeare's play is an excellent leader but a poor reasoner and foolish lover. The tragedy of `Othello' is largely due to Othello's personality and life experience. Othello believes himself to be loved and respected by everyone around him as most people refer to him as the "noble General Othello". Othello, after realizing his tragic mistake of murdering his innocent wife, Desdemona, claims he "loved not wisely, but too well", this is an honest reflection of himself as his love was true and pure but also foolish....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Character of Othello - The Character of Othello        Shakespeare's Othello is not simply a play which embodies the conflict between insider and outsider. The paradigm of otherness presented in this play is more complicated than the conclusion, "Othello is different; therefore, he is bad." Othello's character is to be revered. He is a champion among warriors; an advisor among councilmen; a Moor among Venetians. Yes, Othello is a Moor, but within the initial configuration of the play, this fact is almost irrelevant....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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The Impotent Othello - The Impotent Othello Othello is one of the most extraordinary characters in all of Shakespeare's dramas. He enjoyed unheralded success on the battlefield, which gave him the reputation as one of Venice's most able generals. The Moor's military proficiency placed him in a class by himself in the same way his ethnicity distinguished him from his Venetian counterparts. These are two intrinsic and highly identifiable characteristics of Othello. But a much lesser discussed idiosyncrasy of the Moor was his sexual disorder - impotency....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Infidelity in Othello - Infidelity in Othello      Two important scenes in Othello are the "Temptation scene" (3.3) and the "Willow scene" (4.3). Although the topic of discussion in both scenes is infidelity, the two scenes contrast more than they compare.   First, the setting is different in the two scenes. Most of the Temptation scene takes place outdoors, in a garden. The atmosphere is open but the conversation stifling. In this scene, Iago tricks Othello into believing Desdemona is cheating on him with Michael Cassio....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Role of Reputation in Shakespeare's Othello - The Role of Reputation in Shakespeare's Othello Reputation plays a big role in the play Othello written by Shakespeare. Iago uses his reputation as an honest man to deceive Othello and everyone else. Othello's reputation also plays a big role throughout the play. Cassio's changing reputation has a big part in the outcome of the play as well. Iago's reputation played a key role in the play. Everyone thought of Iago as an honest man. "O, that's an honest fellow", "You advise me well... goodnight honest Iago." Iago convinces everyone that he is noble and honest man and he uses this to his advantage....   [tags: Othello essays] 646 words
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Epithets in Othello - Epithets in Othello An epithet is an adjective or adjective phrase that characterizes a person or thing. Epithets can often consist of abusive or contemptuous words such as those directed by the professionally offended Iago in Shakespeare's Othello. Iago refers to Othello with damning epithets to suggest the Moor as a lust driven animal that is violating the innocent Desdemona. For instance, he calls Othello, "an old black ram" who is "tupping" Brabantio's "white ewe"(Act I, Scene I: 90-91)....   [tags: Othello essays] 362 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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The Issue of Race in Othello - The Issue of Race in Othello   In his production of Othello for BBC television (1981), Jonathan Miller asserted that Othello's race does not greatly impact his downfall in the play.  He maintains that while Shakespeare touches upon the issue of race, the cause of Othello's demise lies elsewhere.1  However, the implications of race in the play directly lead to its tragic ending; it is this issue that impels the characters to set the tragedy in motion.  Brabantio would never revolt against the union of Othello and Desdemona if it were not for Othello's blackness.  Roderigo could never be motivated to pursue Desdemona were it not for his belief that their relationship is unnatural.  By far t...   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Personality of Othello - The Personality of Othello     Othello’s speech to Brabantio and the Duke in Act 1, Scene 3 is of major importance in describing Othello’s personality. This long speech, found in lines 149 to 196, shows Othello for the first time as a person with depth and less as a soldier. This speech is important to the book as a whole because it is a testimony to the strength of the love between Othello and Desdemona, which will later play a major role in the plot. It is also one of the first times that we see Othello trying to influence his audience with his words....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Hearing is Believing in Shakespeare's Othello - The quote appearing inI.iii.146-151 is part of Othello's explanation to the Senators of Venice for his success in winning Desdemona. Othello relates to them Desdemona's behavior during their courtship, where, like most of the characters in the play, she accepts and acts upon second-hand knowledge gained through listening, without the backup of evidence. The tragic action in Othello unfolds based on Iago's exploitation of this over-reliance on hearing. He seems to be the only one who perceives that people often interpret words based on what they want to hear, or through their underlying fears....   [tags: Othello Essays] 744 words
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The Nature of Evil in William Shakespeare’'s Othello - William Shakespeare’s Othello uses different and unique techniques in his language to express the nature of evil throughout the play. Verbal twists and the characters most importantly stress the act of evil. Iago, most of all is portrayed as the “villain” or “protagonist in the play. Shakespeare uses this character to set the basis of evil. Each plot point is spiraled further into tragedy due to the nature of Iago and his manipulative language towards the other main characters. Corruption overcomes the Venetian society as Iago uses his crafty skills of deceit....   [tags: William Shakespeare’, Othello,] 1646 words
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The Unscrupulous Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - In William Shakespeare's play, Othello, there is an example of evil personified. He is the character of Iago, and he wreaks havoc and destruction on all those under his influence. As the play develops, we see unfolded a plethora of lies, deceptions and clever schemes. Iago seizes every opportunity to advance his malicious plan to his advantage. Greed and jealousy play a major role as a motive for his various schemes. Iago first reveals his cunning and unscrupulous behavior in his encounter with Rodrigo.  Iago easily controls Rodrigo and he is very aware of his power over him.  He plans to use his influence over him for his own good.  He shows this by saying "Thus do I ever make my fool my p...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Love and Death in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Othello - Romeo and Juliet’s and Othello’s plots are both tragedy. These plays are focused on the destruction of the main relationships within of the plays. In Othello, the main relationship in the play is around Othello and his bride Desdemona. Othello, because of his jealous rage, murders wife who he later finds to be innocent. Romeo and Juliet, which is named for the featured couple, kill themselves in order to be together in an afterlife. They take their own lives because the world around them will not allow them to be together....   [tags: Romeo, Juliet, Othello]
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The True Beast in Othello - The True Beast in Othello       "What is left when honor is lost?" This maxim from first century BC plays a pivotal role in Shakespeare’s play Othello. The question serves as a basis for the struggle between Othello and Iago. Both men are engaged in a battle over Othello’s honor. Iago is intent on destroying Othello’s sense of honor and reducing him to a bestial state. Iago views Othello as a beast masquerading in warrior’s dress. He wants to return Othello to what he believes to be his natural bestial state, and he realizes that to achieve this goal he must dupe Othello into violating his code of honor....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Justice and Injustice in Othello - Justice and Injustice in Othello        In the Tragedy of Othello, by William Shakespeare, a great injustice is done to the main character, Othello the Moor. Othello is manipulated by the villain Iago to satiate Iago’s need for control and his desire for revenge. Othello the General has promoted another, Cassio, to hold the position that Iago feels he deserves. For the injustice that Iago feels has been committed against him, he brings about the destruction of Othello and his wife, Desdemona, using Cassio as his tool for doing so....   [tags: Othello essays]
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