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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 - ... While continuing to remain calm, Othello is using yet another tactic of truth to remind Brabanzio that his loyalty is pure. The signors and masters are also hearing the story for the first time and are surprised of what they are hearing. Othello is trying to tell them his story in the same manner in which he had told Desdemona and to her father, Brabanzio. If the story was good enough to win Brabanzio’s affection of friendship then why isn’t it good enough for the love of his daughter. Brabanzio’s problem with Othello isn’t his past, but what nationality he is....   [tags: Othello]
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Analysis of Othello's Speech - ... He is trying to convince her that he deserves a love like hers. By telling the same story to her father, he hopes to convince her father that same indulgence should be deserving in his eyes as well. Othello goes on to say in lines 135- 141, 1.3: Of being taken by the insolent foe And sold to slavery, of my redemption thence, And portance in my traveller’s history, Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle, Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touch heaven, It was my occasion to speak....   [tags: Othello]
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The Handkerchief of Love and Deception in Othello - ... “How now. What do you hear alone?” Iago asks Emilia why are you here. “Do not you childe; I have a thing for you” you noble person, I have something for you. Emilia asked Iago what he is willing to do for the handkerchief that happens to be in her possession. Iago wants to know what she is talking about, Emilia replied the one gift that Othello has giving to his precious Desdemona. (3.3.290-308). Iago searches for the truth from Emilia and confides to Iago that Desdemona left the handkerchief by accident, which at this time I took the handkerchief....   [tags: Othello] 1031 words
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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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Othello - Othello Along the crowded streets of Philadelphia the cars rush by and people are always in a hurry, but the poverty of the people that live in the neighborhoods can never be hidden. The name, the City of Brotherly Love, is almost ironic as crime and hate fill the streets of the city. There is a division between the people that can not be hidden, but only exaggerated by people’s interactions. This is the setting in which the Shakespearian play “Othello” will be interpreted. This modernization of this classic tragedy will be more appealing to the youth of today, who will be able to relate more to the characters and the setting of the play....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Plays Essays]
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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 - ... Feeling a royal disgust toward the possibility of half-charred grandchildren, Brabantio disowns Desdemona and refuses acknowledgement of her pollution. Her immorality leads him to suspect the Moor "abused her with drugs and minerals,” and seduced her “against the rules of nature” (1.2.76, 3.103). Iago insinuates Desdemona’s corruption to “be bold with [Othello], not to affect proposèd matches of her own clime, complexion, degree” (3.3.235). These contradictions of intimate endeavours relate to the Elizabethan acceptance of God’s imaginary relationship with Satan, or the matrimony of good and evil....   [tags: Othello]
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Tough Love in William Shakespeare’s play, Othello - ... Just as he showed her little respect, she also thought the marriage was less than ideal and brought insufficient satisfaction to both of them. Additionally, Emilia’s adverse view on marriage and her husband matches Iago’s unfavorable view on women and marriage being less than enjoyable. Demonstrating her disregard for marriage, Emilia declares, “‘they are all but stomachs, and we all but food; they eat us hungerly, and when they are full, they belch us’” (3.4.104-60. By saying this, she is showing knowledge and experience with the relations of men and women and the cruel manner they treat each other....   [tags: Othello]
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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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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 - ... Although this makes his lines harder to read, they show us what he is constantly thinking of. Instead of clear and concise lines, they are a torrent of his true feelings. Therefore when he describes Desdemona as “Alabaster”, we can be sure it is his inner picture of her. Alabaster’s beauty gives you an idea about his feelings of bodily inferiority to her. Alabaster is a naturally beautiful stone, used by ancient Egyptians and Chinese to make statues and vases. This word choice gives the reader a sense of his feelings of inadequacy to Desdemona....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Othello and Desdemona] 986 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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General Othello in Othello - 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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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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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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Emilia's Intelligence in Shakespeare's Othello - ... As a result of her action, Iago kills Emilia because she confesses that she took Desdemona's handkerchief. A noted Shakespearean critic says, "Emilia's heroic victory over Iago is one Shakespeare's grandest ironies, and appropriately constitutes the play's most surprising dramatic moment." Emilia wants everyone to know the truth, therefore she stands up for what she believes in. In addition, Emilia proves her underrated intelligence by standing up for what she believes is right. Desdemona, Othello's wife, and Emilia's relationship grows because of her great loyalty towards her....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Othello: Racism - Othello: Racism        Just how serious is the problem of racial prejudice in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. Is it pervasive or incidental. This essay intends to answer questions on this subject. Blanche Coles in Shakespeare’s Four Giants maintains that the racial discrimination in the play may be overstated by critics: In the first scene, Roderigo has referred to Othello as “thick lips.” No other character in the play attributes any such negroid features to Othello, and it should be remembered that Roderigo has a half-insane prejudice against and hatred for Othello....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello: the General - Othello: the General     The character of the Moor in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello is noble to the point of heroism, but unfortunately also gullible and susceptible to the sinister, destructive genius of his ancient Iago. The most radical change during the course of the drama is undergone by the protagonist, the Moor. Robert Di Yanni in “Character Revealed Through Dialogue” states that the deteriorated transformation which Othello undergoes is noticeable in his speech: Othello’s language, like Iago’s, reveals his character and his decline from a courageous and confident leader to a jealous lover distracted to madness by Iago’s insinuations about his wife’s infidelity....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello the Outsider - Othello the Outsider       Shakespeare's tragic hero, Othello, was a man whose gifts far outnumbered his weaknesses. On the battlefield, he was accomplished; in his profession, he was highly ranked; and, in his life, he was blissfully married. Despite these great advantages, however, Othello's destiny was ruin. Everything he had so carefully made for himself would be destroyed by one flaw: his fear of remaining an outsider. He feared this fate, yet he harped on it continuously, tearing himself between his identity as a foreigner and his desire to live as a normal citizen....   [tags: Othello essays] 1248 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 unbearable pity for him and his victims, and by terror at what human nature is capable of and what pitfalls await us in life....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Irregularities in Othello - Irregularities in Othello         The Shakespearean tragedy Othello contains various irregularities of time and occurrence which cause the audience to scratch their head in wonder and doubt. Let us analyze some of these shortcomings in this essay.   In the Introduction to The Riverside Shakespeare Frank Kermode explains one of the difficulties in Othello:   Othello murders his wife on the second night in Cyprus. The difficulty, of which Shakespeare was clearly aware, arises from the fact that this leaves no time for her to have had “stol’n hours of lust,” certainly not to have enjoyed them repeatedly, as Iago alleges....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Rating Othello - Rating Othello         Is this Shakespearean tragedy Othello at the top of the rating chart, or is it just near the top. And why. This essay intends to examine various aspects of this subject, along with critical opinion.   This play ranks near the top. The Bard’s presentation of emotions, character, of good and evil actions that are down-to-earth – these are sometimes seen as the main reasons for the high ranking of Othello. Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar in “The Engaging Qualities of Othello” maintain that the popularity of this play has been consistent for about 400 years because   it treats emotions that are universal and persistent in human nature....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Sexism in Othello - Othello: the Unquestionable Sexism        Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello features sexism as regular fare – initially from Brabantio and Iago, and finally from Othello. Let us in this essay explore the occurrences and severity of sexism in the drama.   In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne implicates Iago in sexism. He is one who is almost incapable of any other perspective on women than a sexist one:   Iago’s worry that he cannot do what Desdemona asks implies that his dispraise of women was candid and easily produced, while the praise requires labour and inspiration from a source beyond himself....   [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, ] 748 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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Othello: Themes - Othello: Themes        How many themes course through the Shakespearean tragedy Othello. Let us in this essay analyze the variety and depth of the themes in this play.   Lily B. Campbell in Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes indicates that hate is the theme on which this play opens:   It is then on a theme of hate that the play opens. It is a hate of inveterate anger. It is a hate that is bound up with envy. Othello has preferred to be his lieutenant a military theorist, one Michael Cassio, over the experienced soldier Iago, to whom has fallen instead the post of “his Moorship’s ancient”....   [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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Imagery in Othello - Imagery in Othello       The vast array of natural imagery in Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello dazzles the audience’s minds. Let us survey in this essay the varieties of imagery referred to by the playwright.   The vulgar imagery of Othello’s ancient dominates the opening of the play. Francis Ferguson in “Two Worldviews Echo Each Other” describes the types of imagery used by the antagonist when he “slips his mask aside” while awakening Brabantio:   Iago is letting loose the wicked passion inside him, as he does from time to time throughout the play, when he slips his mask aside....   [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 all his greatness and his romantic past, a young girl like Desdemona might hold him but a passing fancy....   [tags: Othello essays]
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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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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 only by reducing Othello and others to his own miserable condition....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello: the Abnormal - Othello: the Abnormal Five Works Cited William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello presents to the audience a very abnormal character in the person of Iago. Also can one classify the epileptic seizure of Othello as normal. Let us in this essay consider the abnormal in the play. The abnormal behavior of the ancient is partly rooted in his misogynism. In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne implicates Iago in sexism. He is one who is almost incapable of any other perspective on women than a sexist one: Iago’s worry that he cannot do what Desdemona asks implies that his dispraise of women was candid and easily produced, while the praise requires labour and inspiration from a source beyond himself....   [tags: Othello essays] 1805 words
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Othello and Heroism - Othello and Heroism         In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello the audience finds heroism exhibited not only by the hero, the Moor, but also by other characters in the drama.   A.     C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, defines a woman character, Desdemona, as a hero in the play from the very outset:   There is perhaps a certain excuse for our failure to rise to Shakespeare’s meaning, and to realize how extraordinary and splendid a thing it was in a gentle Venetian girl to love Othello, and to assail fortune with such a ‘downright violence and storm’ as is expected only in a hero....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Love in Othello - Love in Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello, love comes in many colors. Consider Othello’s love of Iago; the ancient’s so-called love for Emilia; Desdemona’s spotless love for the general; Bianca’s love for Michael Cassio; Brabantio’s love for his daughter. This essay will explore the various types of love as portrayed in this tragedy.   Initially the play presents a very distorted type of love. Act 1 Scene 1 shows Roderigo, generous in his gifts to the ancient, questioning Iago’s love for the former, whose concern has been the wooing of Desdemona....   [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 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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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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Othello: Iago is the Devil Incarnate - ... “There are a kind of men so loose of soul That in their sleeps will mutter their affairs. One kind of this is Cassio. In sleep I heard him say, ‘Sweet Desdemona, Let us be wary, let us hide our loves.” [Act III, Scene III] This scene is an excellent example of how Iago lies to Othello, and begins the excessive paranoia Othello starts to experience for the remainder of the play. Iago is constantly building on Othello’s paranoid state of mind and in one case does this by asking his wife, Emilia, who is also Desdemona’s close friend, to ensure the Cassio and Desdemona speak....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello] 884 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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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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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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Love in Othello - Love in Othello However strong the emotional attitude of prejudices may be in Othello, Love is the most powerful emotion and ironically the emotion that leads to the most vulnerability. Loves of all kinds are tested in the tragedy and ultimately all fail to rectify the horrible situation. Marital love for Othello and Desdemona serve as both a heaven and a hell on earth. As Othello portrays by saying, If I were now to die 'Twere now to be most happy; for I fear My soul hath her content so absolute That not another comfort like unto Succeeds in unknown fate....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 730 words
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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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Othello's Flaw in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Othello - Othello's Flaw in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Othello In Shakespeare?s play Othello, Othello himself is the tragic hero. He is an individual of high stature who is destroyed by his surroundings, his own actions, and his fate. His destruction is essentially precipitated by his own actions, as well as by the actions of the characters surrounding him. The tragedy of Othello is not a fault of a single person, but is rather the consequence of a wide range of feelings, judgments, misjudgments, and attempts for personal justification revealed by the characters....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Othello]
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The Racism in Othello - The Racism in Othello         Throughout the duration of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, there is a steady stream of racism. It is originating from not one, but rather several characters in the play. In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his dislike, rather hatred, for the general Othello for his having chosen Michael Cassio for the lieutenancy, he contrives a plan to partially avenge himself (“I follow him to serve my turn upon him”), with Roderigo’s assistance, by alerting Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, to the fact of his daughter’s elopement with Othello....   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]
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Macbeth and Othello - Macbeth and Othello “Upon my head they plac’d a fruitless crown And put a barren sceptre in my gripe, Thence to be wrench’d with an unlineal hand, No son of mine succeeding” (Macbeth, III.i.62) “Renew I could not like the moon” (Timon of Athens, IV.iii.68) What distinguishes Macbeth and Othello from other tragedies is the fact that their protagonists are neither fathers nor sons, mothers nor daughters. We know nothing of Macbeth or Othello’s parents, and neither of them has children....   [tags: Shakespeare macbeth Othello Essays] 2878 words
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Comparing and Contrasting Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's Othello - The tragedies of Antigone and Othello were written with great depth and are structured in such a way that both characters are victims, in spite of their crimes. Antigone and Othello are tragedy plays created by using many techniques to create the feelings of fear and pity. There are differences and similarities in characters, action, and themes between Antigone and Othello. First, the major characters in both of the plays are suffering through great pain and end up with death. The drama Antigone which is written by Sophocles, tells the story of Antigone....   [tags: othello, antigone]
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Love and Othello - Love and Othello     Othello is, in one sense of the word, by far the most romantic figure among Shakespeare's heroes; and he is so partly from the strange life of war and adventure which he has lived from childhood. He does not belong to our world, and he seems to enter it we know not whence -- almost as if from wonderland. There is something mysterious in his descent from men of royal siege; in his wanderings in vast deserts and among marvellous peoples; in his tales of magic handkerchiefs and prophetic Sibyls; in the sudden vague glimpses we get of numberless battles and sieges in which he has played the hero and has borne a charmed life; even in chance references to his baptism, his being sold to slavery, his sojourn in Aleppo....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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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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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 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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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 the most significant racism is Othello's own, racism that Iago brings to the surface by playing upon Othello's racial insecurities.  Finally, it is racism that serves as Iago's primary cause in his destruction of Othello.  Brabantio is very selective about suitors for Desdemona, as is evident from his vocal condemnation of Roderigo.  After learning it is Roderigo lurking about his window, Brabantio tells him, "The worser welcome....   [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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Redemption in Death in Othello - Redemption in Death in Othello      The brilliance of a tragedy lies in its ability to maintain its moral and the values it explores even in the tragic ending or in the downfall of its heroes. William Shakespeare does just this Othello, so quintessentially that the deaths in the end do not only refrain from undermining or canceling out the virtues of the play, but they actually restore them to the deceased, who have died because they have lost them.  In this play, love, loyalty, and honesty are of foremost importance in the human condition, and when those are questioned or lost, chaos ensues.  The tragedy lies in the fact that the truth is revealed only too late, and because of this only death can restore those values.  The loss or misunderstanding of the major virtues in Othello lead to the tragic ending, but because Desdemona retains these virtues into her death, she allows them to be restored, and when the truth comes out, Othello dies to reclaim his honor and complete this restoration....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Unscrupulous Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - The Unscrupulous Iago of 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 purse; For I mine own gained knowledge should profane If I would time expend with such a snipe".  We learn that Iago has a secret hatred for both Othello and Cassio.  Iago says he hates Othello because he has denied Iago a promotion and for Cassio because he now occupies Iago's desired position of lieutenant.  His motive is to seek revenge upon both these characters.  Rodrigo has a shared hatred for Othello for his own and when he suggests he would not serve him, Iago reveilles his scheming plan for Othello by saying to him "O, sir, content you.  I will follow him to serve my turn upon him."  By saying this Iago shows that he plans to cleverly trick Othello of being loyal to him and then eventually use him for his own ends.  In his first attempt to bring down Othello, he and Rodrigo tell Brabantio that Othello has kidnapped his daughter Desdemona.  This is a dishonorable act as this is definitely a lie and told to Desdemona's father only to anger him towards Othello.  Brabantio is also a senator and has the power to dismiss Othello from his duty....   [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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Iago Of Othello - Iago of "Othello" What makes a good villain. What qualities make one villain stand out from another. Is it their demeanor, ruthlessness, or the methods that they employ to accomplish their tasks. In any case, a great villain must leave the reader with a respect for their methods and a question about their motives. In Shakespeare's Othello, there is one character in Iago that fulfills all of these qualifications. Iago is a wonderful villain because he gains other's trust, relentlessly takes advantage of his peers' flaws, and unapologetically causes the deaths of his counterparts in order to achieve his goals....   [tags: Character Analysis Othello Iago Shakespeare] 701 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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Human Frailty in Othello - Human Frailty in Othello     Tragedy is an intrinsically human concept; tragic heroes are damned by what they themselves do. Othello is not so much felled by the actions of Iago, but by a quality all people possess-- human frailty. Accordingly, Othello is not a victim of consequences, but an active participant in his downfall. He is not merely a vehicle for the machinations of Iago; he had free agency. Othello's deficiencies are: an insecure grasp of Venetian social values; lack of critical intelligence, self-knowledge, and faith in his wife; and finally, insecurity-- these are the qualities that lead to his own downfall....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Oedipus And Othello - Oedipus and Othello      When comparing and contrasting the character's Oedipus and Othello by means of the different theatrical practices, one must take in account that there have been many interpretations, and productions of each of their respected plays. The differing presentations of each may lead someone to think differently about the play than another would. In comparing and contrasting the dramatic representation of the protagonists Oedipus and Othello, theatrical presentation, costume design, and character will lead the reader, and viewer, to have a greater insight into the theatrical practices of their times and their approaches to the issue of verisimilitude....   [tags: Compare Contrast Oediput Othello Essays] 1011 words
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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 love, by competition or by desires for the qualities or possessions of another."         Roderigo is foolish and even at times unusually feeble-minded.  This explained partially by Roderigo's jealousy:  he is infatuated with Desdemona and has been for some time.  He is willing to do anything to win her love.  He is jealous that Desdemona loves Othello and not him.  In accordance with the definition of jealousy, Roderigo desires the possessions of another.  It is this jealousy which moves him to do many evil things in the play.  He pays Iago large amounts of money to conjure up a scheme to acquire Desdemona.  He gives in to Iago at the beginning of the play.  In effect he has become the villian's disciple.  By doing this, he himself has adopted the green-eyed monster image....   [tags: Othello essays]
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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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Honest Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - Honest Iago of Othello     To most of the world William Shakespeare is recognized as the greatest dramatist in history.  His plays have been performed for centuries through various interpretations.  Shakespeare's vast knowledge, and writing style made his works interesting for both the intellectual, and the illiterate.  One of these styles is the use of motifs, which is seen extensively in Othello.  An important example that runs throughout Othello, is Iago's honesty.  This motif gave existence to Shakespeare's perfect villain....   [tags: Othello essays] 795 words
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Clash of Virtues in Othello - Clash of Virtues in Othello       Perhaps it is just human nature, but people have a way of going to absolute extremes. Whether exhibiting severity in the way one loves, or the way one is loyal, or the way one strives for ambitions, people, in general, have a tendency to take their emotions or actions "all the way." It's an exhibition of passion. Being an expert on the human condition, no one knows or can illustrate this better than Shakespeare. Particularly in his tragedies, Shakespeare very precisely defines aspects of the human condition....   [tags: Othello essays]
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