The Moor Of Venice By William Shakespeare

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Throughout Othello the Moor of Venice we experience a rather uplifting story that seems to somehow come crashing down on not only the characters in the story but the reader also. Author William Shakespeare does a tremendous job at connecting us with the characters in the play. Othello, the protagonist in the play, falls slowly into the pit of destruction where jealousy takes control. He along with many other characters in the play are manipulated by Iago and slowly taken down from a peaceful, love filled, and triumphant place in their lives to one that is dark and revengeful. Many are led to their deaths because of the terrible deeds done by Iago, some of which include Othello himself who commits suicide only after murdering his new wife over nothing but the mindset of jealousy and hate. Shakespeare explores a vast amount of literary content here some of which delve into Jealousy. Jealousy alongside intense deceitful manipulation can introduce a person to another sinister side of themselves they never knew to existed. Iago 's ultimate goal in the play is not yet clearly laid out; there is much to interpret from what he says and does to others. Iago 's approach to life may seem true and honest; he even is called many times "honest Iago" by a number of characters, but he hides from the real world under a mask. He creates a mask from reality by lying and deceiving almost everyone he comes into contact with. At the same time he makes it look as though they are getting a better end of the deal by using the positive side of what he says to make them want to achieve the task. In turn, they are met with an outcome that they least expected because of how Iago turns the situation on them for the worst. He is very clever with words no mat... ... middle of paper ... take care of things for him in order to make his plan run more smoothly in taking Cassio 's place and ultimately taking down Othello in the process. Roderigo is tricked into thinking he will be able to sleep with Othello 's wife if he completes tasks assigned to him by Iago. Of course it never happens and of course he is deceived in the most brutal way by dying from Iagos own sword. Othello and Iago are good friends all the way to the end as it seems for Othello, and just about anyone else who sees the two interact. The bitter end to the play tells a whole lot about what Iago wanted and about what he got in return for his actions. Iago does indeed get what he wants out of the people he has manipulated, killed, hurt, or decieved though his longing for a strong and prestigious reputation has ended along with his life when he is found out about all his wrong doing.
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