Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello The most fascinating and curious character in the tragic play "Othello", by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. In the play his nature is conveyed to the audience in many ways. Iago's character is determined by his relationship with the other characters in the play. His betrayal of those who love him that occurs throughout the text is a prime example of this, and is emphasised further by dramatic irony. Iago, as the height of evil and villainy, has the typical immorality and cunning about him.
He uses his aid of human nature to help with his evil schemes and plots throughout the play. Because he identified Othello’s weaknesses and was able to use verbal persuasion to not only gain Othello’s trust, but to also use that as a benefit to what he wanted to accomplish. It is great importan... ... middle of paper ... ...illed his needs on aiding with Othello’s insecurities, and eventually was the cause of downfall in character, Othello. Iago character in William Shakespeare’s Othello is truly the definition of the nature of evil. He portrays such a strong character describing this nature of deceit throughout the play taking full capability of characters; Desdemona, Othello, Cassio, and Rodrigo.
Existentialist philosopher Friedrich Nietzche states, “There is always some madness in love. But there is also some reason in madness.” This statement can be proven by looking at the characters in the play Hamlet. Both Ophelia and Hamlet show madness over the love they have for each other, and Hamlet uses the appearance of madness to hide is plot for revenge. Hamlet’s sanity is also questioned by the audience to figure out if he is truly crazy. These examples from the play Hamlet help prove the concept of madness in Nietzche’s statement.
William Shakespeare's Macbeth as Hero or Villain Macbeth is a complicated character whose human nature means that he possesses both good and evil traits. Macbeth's courage, conscience and his tentative approach of moral wrongdoing are as extensive as his evil ambition, cunning and cruelty. While his good qualities bring him to the status he enjoys at the beginning of the play his 'vaulting ambition' (I.vii) exemplifies his less desirable characteristics. Macbeth cannot be discussed as either purely heroic or villainous; the complexity of his character is illustrated by his violent inner conflict which arises from the opposing traits he possesses and is fuelled by his imagination. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is introduced to the audience through the words of other characters.
Shakespeare uses this scene to demonstrate to the audience that Macbeth’s conscious act of knowing that his desires are immoral and still acting upon them proves him quite the villain. This symbolism brings the audience to savor the play’s hidden meanings and also allows for leeway in the interpretation of the plot. Macbeth’s inability to balance the forces of good and evil cause him to reach an insecure state of mind, causing him to make many malicious decisions. “But let the fame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,
The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare uses the genre of tragedy through the inclusion of distinctive elements of tragic circumstance, social pressures and flaws within the individual’s character. Shakespeare manipulates these features of a tragedy to evoke audience interest leaving responders with insightful thoughts about human nature such as the dangers of vaulting ambition, the fragility of human morality and the temptation of deviation from the natural order. Early in the play, Shakespeare portrays different representations of Macbeth’s ambitious nature and personality to responders through the use of effective dramatic techniques. We initially hear that Macbeth fought “Like valour’s minion” reinforcing his bravery in the war against the threat to Duncan’s regime. The simile equates him to a God like force, consolidating his reputation and accomplishment as a noble thane.
Using Macbeth Shakespeare exposes the flaws of Man and in doing so he explores the very essence of human nature in audiences of all time. In Macbeth, Shakespeare provides valuable insights exploring how Man’s inherent greed and passions can corrupt his actions and sensible thoughts. The mythological allusion of Macbeth “upon this bank [of the river Styx] and shoal of time…the life to come” reflects his desire to fulfil his greed yet a logical reluctance to kill King Duncan. Similarly in Act 1 scene 5 Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy “what thou art promis’d; yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o’th’milk of human kindness” establishes Macbeth’s kindness as the confinement of his ambition. This confinement is broken by the simile “which thou esteem’st the ornament of life…like the poor cat I’th’adage” persuading Macbeth to follow his murderous ambition.
Throughout the play, Macbeth experienced a huge decent into evil and violent action that lead him to his death. With his thirst for power and constant paranoia, he killed his way to seize the crown. By killing Duncan at the beginning of the play, Macbeth soon realizes that nothing can be undone and his blood stained hands can never be cleaned. “A little water clears us of this deed” (2.3 70) said by Lady Macbeth after Duncan’s murder. But what they don’t know is that this is the start of the bloody massacre that will change who they are and how they think forever.
This converts into the “madness” that is ever-present alongside its buddy guilt. Shakespeare doesn’t just want the character to feel bad; He wants the audience to know it too. This is what creates the intricate visions, delusionary speaking, and general lunacy shown by many characters within his works. We will begin the analysis on the presence of guilt and madness with Hamlet. What better character to start an analysis on hamlet with than the man (or teen) himself.
Hamlet was so obsessed with revenge and this destroyed his logic affecting his thought process thus making him mad. His father was murdered and this drove him into madness because he was thirsting for revenge by killing his step father and his madness convinced him that it was right to kill his step father. In the beginning of the play it is very evident that Hamlet feigns his insanity. His father’s ghost appeared to him telling him that he was murdered by his brother and it became very clear that he was planning his next move to take revenge and so he pretended that it was madness. Hamlet followed what the ghost told him about his... ... middle of paper ... ...is compelling.