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Character Analysis Of Shakespeare's Othello

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Of all of Shakespeare villains and heroes none compare to that of the play Othello, with all the mistrust and false identities that each character presents. In the play Othello we are introduced to a myriad of characters that are all unique in their own way. Of all the characters we see in the play the reader is only introduced to a handful of character’s whose motivation become clear. While Iago’s actions are motivated from revenge, the actions themselves can be forgiven as he acts in what he believes is correct, while Othello and Desdemona who are motivated by justice and forgiveness act only on emotion regardless if they feel it to be correct. As the reader of Othello the first character that is introduced it the “Honest Iago”, a man who most would describe as a villain by most do to his Machiavellian personality but is instead a man who when is given an opportunity would exploit anything to get what he wants (Shakespeare, Othello, 2.3.189). At the first soliloquy the reader is shown that Iago who feels cheated …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Compares shakespeare villains and heroes to othello, with all the mistrust and false identities that each character presents. the reader is only introduced to a handful of characters whose motivation becomes clear.
  • Analyzes how othello introduces the character of "honest iago", a man who would exploit anything to get what he wants.
  • Analyzes how othello, the tragic protagonist of the play, falls from glory due to the lies of a trusted advisor.
  • Analyzes how desdemona is seen by most as an angel, a "white ewe" but in reality she is more like an overly naive white lemming, who trusts anyone regardless of how they act.
  • Explains that while iago can be seen as the villain due to his attempted usurping and manipulation, he is no more evil than othello. the reader is sown the extremes that some people are willing to take to get what they want.

While Desdemona’s intentions are from a good place as she wishes to forgive all who she feels that deserves it, she is a horrible judge of character and trusts anyone regardless of how they act “Well praised! How if she be black and witty” (Othello 2.1.131). Even when Desdemona’s life is put in danger and she has the opportunity to do something about it Desdemona still stays and allows Othello to attack her and blames herself for Othello’s anger “So would not I. My love doth so approve him, that even his stubbornness, his cheques, his frowns Prithee, unpin me, have grace and favor in them.”(Othello 5.2.). Therefore due to Desdemona’s over naiveté and fantastical views her actions are both foolish and unfailable and therefore cannot be understood by the

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