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Othello is a famous literal work of Shakespeare. In most of his literal writings, he addresses the ideas and concepts of human behavior, varying from love, to hate, to revenge and many other aspects (Domı´nguez-Rue´and Mrotzekb, p. 671). In Othello, he presents yet another masterpiece which talks about the tragedy of the noble hero who is brought down and destroyed by a human flaw which is jealousy. Othello is a domestic tragedy and encompasses different timeless themes that include; love, revenge, hate, jealousy and trust (Feather, p. 244). This essay concentrates on the theme of revenge and how the different characters exhibit revenge in their actions. Iago is the major character that this essay will focus on in talking about revenge.
I. traits and motivations
Iago is a character that Shakespeare chooses to depict in different forms; he represents every bad human flaw that one can have in society. He is a perfect example of what man should not be and what he should strive to avoid. A bad friend, back stabber, a liar and a schemer is what Iago is. All these character traits are used to bring out the malicious nature of Iago, and to create a vivid picture of people in society that may pose as friends but in real sense hate the fact that one is happy or prosperous. At a glance, Iago appears to be normal and not that evil at all, but with a deeper delve into the plot the reader is confronted with shocking character traits that Iago depicts. When he says that he is not who he is, he explains better to the reader to expect totally opposite traits from him. (Shakespeare, and Alexander, Act 1, scene 1, line 64). One may think that he is an honest person but as it turns out, Iago feels that Cassio is ignorant and not well suited to be g...

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...of the wrongs they commit to them end up having far much worse outcomes even for the avenger. This is clearly brought out in Othello through Iago and what he faces after his revengeful acts against Othello. Othello, who is a noble hero, is also brought down as a result of revenge. The revengeful nature has to be conquered and tamed if man is to proceed in life, acts of forgiveness and love must instead replace the urge to avenge a misdeed.

Works Cited

Domı´nguez-Rue´, E and Mrotzekb, M. Shakespearean tragedies dynamics: identifying a generic structure in Shakespeare’s four major tragedies. International Journal of General Systems. (2012). 671
Feather, J. O blood, blood, blood": Violence and Identity in Shakespeare's Othello . (n.d.). 244
Shakespeare, William, and Alexander Dyce. Othello the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare. Vol. 31. B. Tauchnitz, (1868).
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