Shakespearian Language In Othello

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Analysis of Othello Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello was written in 1603. The play is a mixture of violence and passion, with moments of reflection on the characters inside thoughts and feelings. Shakespearian language is very common and widely used in this play. Othello features both a mixture of poetry and prose. This work revolves around several characters: the noble Othello, a Moore who is also the general of the Venetian Army; Desdemona, Othello’s beloved wife; Cassio, his lieutenant; and lastly Iago, Othello’s trusted ensign who turns out to not be so trustworthy; and Iago’s wife Emilia. Othello is a play rich in metaphor, and other various forms of wordplay, symbolism, irony, and several recurrent themes. The biggest theme in …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how shakespeare's the tragedy of othello is a mixture of violence and passion, with moments of reflection on the characters inside thoughts and feelings.
  • Analyzes how othello's jealousy takes many forms, from suspicion of an affair to competition for a job.
  • Analyzes how iago's plan to make othello think michael cassio has been having an affair with desdemona works.
  • Analyzes how dramatic irony plays a big role in othello. the reader knows that desdemona is innocent from the time that iago devises his plan.
  • Analyzes how the handkerchief was othello's first gift to desdemona, and how iago convinced his wife to steal it.
  • Analyzes how the tragedy of othello is a story about the dangers of jealousy and the toll it can take on the people who are consumed by it.

Iago had a planned conversation with Cassio in which Othello overhears. In reality, Iago was talking to Cassio about his relationship with Bianca. However, Iago says her name quietly so Othello thinks they are talking about Desdemona. He also has Othello’s handkerchief, which is enough for Othello to believe what Iago has told him to be true. Othello believes Iago, and quickly becomes extremely jealous. Iago then tells Othello, “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on” (3.3. 165-67). This seems pretty ironic considering the jealousy that Iago holds. He’s warning Othello not be jealous, saying jealousy destroys whoever is taken over by it. Indeed Othello is taken over by jealousy. He becomes so enraged and hurt by Desdemona he throws reason out the window and will believe nothing but what he has heard from Iago. Othello orders Iago to kill Cassio, and Othello will kill Desdemona. After he kills Desdemona and seen that he has killed her unjustly, he comes back to his senses. He speaks calmly, and rationally, condemning himself for what he has done. Othello will execute himself and take his own life. This tragedy really shows how jealousy can take a toll on peoples lives and destroy the lives around …show more content…

Dramatic irony can really get the audiences attention and make the play more interesting; because the audience knows something the characters do not. The dramatic irony is quite obvious in this play. The main piece of dramatic irony is the fact that the reader knows that Desdemona is innocent, from the time that Iago devises his plan. Also, until the end, Othello thought Iago was his trusted ensign. In reality, the audience knows that Iago is actually a terrible person. Othello is unaware of any of this. “Iago most honest” says Othello in Act 2 Scene 3, believing that he can trust his friend Iago of the things he is telling him (2.3.6). Othello is completely unaware of the evil plans Iago has and this is ironic because Iago is simply the furthest thing from “most honest”. There are also a few more bits of dramatic irony that show up as the characters are thinking aloud to the audience; this allows the audience to know what is happening when most of the characters do not. These instances of dramatic irony really keep the reader invested in the play and it helps make it more

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