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Othello’s Dramatic Flaw in Shakespeare's Othello

- The play “Othello” by William Shakespeare was written in 1604 during the Elizabeth era. Othello is one of the most extraordinary characters in all of Shakespeare’s dramas. He enjoyed unheralded success in the combat zone, which gave him the reputation as one of Venice’s most competent generals. Even though he has great success in the battlefield, he has a dramatic flaw that causes a downfall in his life. The dramatic flaw that causes his downfall is jealousy. This was brought on by a simple persuasion of Iago, the evil character in the play....   [tags: othello]

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Othello is Solely Responsible for his Downfall in Shakespeare's Othello

- I believe Iago has nothing to do with Othello's downfall as Othello is an easily mislead man who is easily influenced. Not only did Iago not directly say Desdemona was having an affair, he neither didn’t give proof to confirm the rumours. By Othello believing the lies, it surfaces his inability to trust and have faith in his own wife. Othello is written by William Shakespeare and was set in Cyprus and Venice during the 16th century. It is about a well-respected military soldier who due to lies and deceits killed his wife for no reason and after turned the knife towards himself....   [tags: othello]

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The Handkerchief of Love and Deception in Othello

- Othello and Desdemona started their life together thinking it was to be forever. The handkerchief symbolizes the start of a new generation, a token of their union and ultimately determines their fate and the main characters lives being changed by the events. The films adaption, as in Shakespeare play, he makes the handkerchief significant to the plot. Othello’s mother gave him the handkerchief on her dying bed to give to the women he marries. “She, dying, gave it me, and bid me, when my fate would have me wive; to give her.” Desdemona and Othello confess their love for one another in hopes of a blissful life together....   [tags: Othello]

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The Power of Self-Destruction in Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello, the Moor of Venice published in 1622 by William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers known in English literature. Othello has been said to be of the most touching and intimate of Shakespeare tragedies. The source of Othello comes from Girald Cirthio’s Tall of the Moor, considering the modification of a few details, this was a manifestation of Shakespeare’s ability to take a reputable story and elevate it into poetic tragedy (Cahn 106). Othello is the story of love, deception, and power....   [tags: othello]

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The Evil Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago is a complex character that takes evil to a whole new level in the 1600’s and plays a key role in this tale. Iago’s main goal is to get Othello and Cassio out of the army, but in the end fails to ruin Cassio’s life, only Othello’s. He uses many characters to his advantage, realizing how trustworthy and oblivious these people are. Iago cannot be relied on and has many masks, behind which he hides. He has many disguises and secrets that he hides from everyone and his acting skills come in handy when he works to destroy the happiness that many people have in this story....   [tags: othello]

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Plot and Character Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello is one of Shakespeare's classics, this play has many oddities and puzzles. It roots into love, deception and jealousy. Also it clearly questions the debate of; can different cultures inter-wind without colliding. in addition, Othello has vivid racism, sexism, manipulation and savagery within civilisation. This play is set in Venice, Italy but due to circumstances all of the characters move to Cyprus. Othello is written between 1601-1604, the level of intensity and drama obviously indicated that he devoted a lot of time and effort into this play....   [tags: othello]

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The Use of Dramatic, Situational, and Verbal Irony in Shakespeare's Othello

- In the play Othello, Shakespeare uses many literary devices to help the reader understand the theme of the story. One of those many literary devices used in the play, is the wide range of irony. Throughout the pages of the book the reader will see the use of dramatic, situational, and verbal irony. Shakespeare does not use irony in an understated way, it is very direct, and can be found on almost every page of the book. The use of irony creates suspense, and adds interest as to what will happen....   [tags: Othello]

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The Character Desdemona and the Role of Women Depicted in Shakespeare's Othello

- The society in which Othello takes place is a patriarchal one, where men had complete control over women. They were seen as possessions rather than being just as equally human and capable of duties performed by men. All women of the Elizabethan were to obey all men, fathers, brothers, husbands, etc. Which leads me to the most reliable and trustworthy character of Desdemona, whom goes through many trials just to satisfy her love. Shakespeare brings the thought of Desdemona into the play by Barbantio, her father, “It is too true an evil....   [tags: othello]

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Exposing Racism in William Shakespeare’s Othello

- The infectious discrimination of Elizabethan racists is derived from fear unnatural a racist’s hate plagues a vulnerable community of black slaves, with religion and war corrupting diverse cultures in the attempts to purify the existence of sin. This enlightening argument of what inspires William Shakespeare’s to compose the play Othello contaminates romantic relationships, Before the integration of black-skinned people into Elizabethan culture, Christian ideology coalesce Satan’s appearance with babies born black, with such manifestations supported by centuries of anecdotal evidence....   [tags: Othello]

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Tough Love in William Shakespeare’s play, Othello

- In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, Desdemona asserts, “‘wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?’” (4.3.76). During a friendly banter, Desdemona asks Emilia this very question; would she cheat on her husband to help him become monarch and have power over all the world. She quietly replies that she would only in secret, but only for her husband’s own good. This question plays an essential role throughout Othello because Emilia is first accused of cheating on her husband. Additionally, she is obsequious towards Iago because of her female role and responsibility as a wife....   [tags: Othello]

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Othello And Othello By William Shakespeare

- ... He finishes up this discourse by saying " Hell and night/ Must bring this monstrous birth to the world 's light," contrasting Othello and Desdemona 's marriage with a "monster’s death," while likening himself and his misleadings to Satan. Iago ceaselessly makes remarks about how damnation is better than paradise. In a later talk close to the end of Act II, Iago keeps on relating the general population he is controlling to protests, this time additionally contrasting the whole situation with an amusement in which he plays the scalawag and Othello is a prize to be won....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Brabantio]

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The Tragedy of Othello

- William Shakespeare masterfully crafted Othello, the Moor of Venice as an Aristotelian tragedy play. The main protagonist of the play, Othello, is the perfect example of a tragic hero. Shakespeare was influenced by Aristotle’s concept of a tragic hero and used Aristotle’s principles to create Othello. William Shakespeare attempted to create an Aristotelian tragedy play with a tragic hero and succeeded in Othello, the Moor of Venice by weaving in pity and fear into each line and action. The power of pity and fear creates the upmost tragic situation and follows in accordance of Aristotle’s definition of tragedy....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Shakespeare's Use of Aristotle's Guidelines to Tragedy in Creating the Play Othello

- Throughout time, the tragedy has been seen as the most emotionally pleasing form of drama, because of its ability to bring the viewer into the drama and feel for the characters, especially the tragic hero. This analysis of tragedy was formed by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, and also noted in his Poetics (guidelines to drama). As a playwright, Shakespeare used Aristotle’s guidelines to tragedy when writing Othello. The play that was created revolved around the tragic hero, Othello, whose tragic flaw transformed him from a nobleman, into a destructive creature, which would inevitably bring him to his downfall....   [tags: othello]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... Here we see Othello enjoying time with his wife, he trusts her fully and counts every moment he spends with her a blessing. Othello and Desdemona are trusting and hopeful for their future together, not knowing the tests that come their way. Desdemona continues to be loyal to Othello, encouraging him and helping him feel better when he is distressed. For example, when Othello had to demote his lieutenant, Cassio, Desdemona encourages him to accept Cassio back and reiterates how she cares for Othello saying, Why, this is not a boon;/ 'Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves,/ Or feed on nourishing dishes, or keep you warm,/ Or sue to you to do a peculiar profit/ To your own person:...   [tags: Othello, Love, Iago, Desdemona]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... Though that his joy be joy Yet throw such changes of vexation on’t, As it may lose some color”(1.1). Iago’s real intentions are not meant to help Roderigo get Desdemona’s hand, but to have Desdemona’s father go after Othello. This action would cause Othello into deep distress. Second, Iago brought Cassio into his schemes to make Othello even more suspicious. He creates a false accusation that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. The involvement of Cassio would make Othello to strike out in rage....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Brabantio]

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A Summary of Othello

- Written by William Shakespeare, “Othello” is a twisted tale of deceit and betrayal that turned a beautiful love into a murderous plot due to outside jealousy. The play begins in with Iago and Rodrigo arguing in Venice. Iago is a soldier who is under Othello’s command and Rodrigo has been paying him to spy on Othello because he wishes to be with Desdemona, Othello’s lover. Rodrigo believes that Iago is loyal to Othello and has not been keeping up his end of the bargain due to his lack of information ....   [tags: Othello Summary Essays]

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Racism in Othello

- Racism is just one of the many problems that we have here in the United States today. Racism isn’t as bad as it used to be but it’s still here. In Othello, written by the one and only William Shakespeare, racism is the main theme and focus. England became involved in the slave trade during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Slights 377). Racism started in the twentieth century after this was written but the way the Elizabethan era viewed black people was similar to how racism is today (Bartels 433)....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Gender Roles and Racism in Othello

- Gender roles and racism play a big part in Shakespeare’s Othello. “Othello is unique among Shakespeare's great tragedies. Unlike Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, which are set against a backdrop of affairs of state and reverberate with suggestions of universal human concerns, Othello is set in a private world and focuses on the passions and personal lives of its major figures. Indeed, it has often been described as a "tragedy of character" (Locklear). Adding well-developed female characters to the play Othello creates a dimension of gender conflict and feminist views....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello, Race, and the Effect on Character

- With the influx of trade during the Elizabethan Era, English society encountered an increase of descriptions and encounters with people from remote countries, including Africa. With these happenstances, brought misunderstandings of people and cultures, therefore race and discriminations began to form. Shakespeare’s protagonist in Othello, a Moor, was affected by societal standards in his ability to develop as an individual because of physical characteristics and internal insecurities because of the conflict, which tears him between two cultures....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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A Closed Reading of Othello's Speech

- Othello is a man who is respected as a General in the Army. Brabanzio even considered him a friend. Thanks to Iago planting a seed in Brabanzio ear about his daughter, Desdemona, Brabanzio accused Othello of taking his daughter away from him by means of drugs or poision. Othello has fought on the battle-field and now finds himself on a very different kind of battle-field. He finds himself in a position of being forced to defend his honor, friendship and his love. There has been accusations made against Othello, so in a room filled with signors, masters, the Duke, and Brabanzio, Othello has a strategy of battlement in his own way....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Breakdown of Sympathy for Othello

- Some critics discuss the breakdown in sympathy for Othello during the 20th Century. Do you agree that this is the case and does it apply to Giovanni. As defined by Aristotle in his analysis of tragedy, an audience must experience a sense of catharsis to be affected by a tragedy, meaning it is key that sympathy is felt for the tragic hero or the tragedy will be ineffectual. What makes Othello a successful tragedy is the way that Shakespeare establishes pity for Othello throughtout the play, even in his lowest moments as a character, and it is the lack of this in Tis Pity She’s A Whore that means the audience loses any sense of pathos by the end of the play....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Jealousy in Othello

- Shakespeare’s Othello is a play consistently based on jealously and the way it can destroy lives. One is quick to think this jealously is based on Othello’s lack of belief in Desdemona’s faithfulness to him or his suspensions over Desdemona’s affair with Cassio, Othello’s honorable lieutenant. Upon closer inspection of the jealously that exists throughout the play it becomes clear that his jealously is not the sole start and reason for all of the destruction that occurs. Iago, a good friend of Othello, is not who he appears to be....   [tags: Shakespeare, Othello]

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The Clever and Devious Iago of Othello

- In Othello, Iago serves as a clever manipulator. He uses his skills on the stupid and naïve Roderigo to get revenge on Othello. Iago’s main reason for his hatred of Othello is because he is passed over for the lieutenant position given to Michael Cassio. Iago also seems to delight in the manipulation and destruction he is causes. One major way Iago uses his manipulation on Roderigo is by jealousy. At the start of the play, we hear a conversation between Roderigo and Iago. Roderigo is angry because he has been giving money to Iago to help him gain the love of Desdemona, but he learns of Desdemona’s marriage to Othello....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Jealousy and Race in Othello

- Othello is one of Shakespeare’s tragedies; originally written as a play and performed to an Elizabethan audience. Othello and many of Shakespeare’s other plays have been performed to various audiences since, and have been adapted into Opera, Ballet, Film and television productions. Othello has survived the centuries to this day and age; and continues to captivate and remain relevant to a modern audience; Othello certainly is a timeless classic work of art. “The object of tragic imitation is men in action.” As stated by Aristotle in his work, Poetics....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello is Not a Tragic Hero

- Othello has been described as one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays because the play focuses on its themes of good and evil, military, politics, love and marriage, religion, racial prejudice, gender conflict, and sexuality; but the controversy and debate surrounding Othello is “Why is Othello a qualification for a tragedy?” Most readers are aware of the many famous deaths or acts of death within the Shakespearean plays. And when the main characters die in Shakespeare’s plays, indeed, the readers would categorize the play as a tragedy....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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An Analysis of Shakespeare's Othello

- “Think on thy sins” (5.2.43) he says, “They are loves I bear to you” (5.2.44) I respond. “Ay, and for that thou diest” (5.2.45). There is no pleading with my lord, his once amorous filled eyes are now brimming with anger, and anguish. This whole conversation has turned my mind into mush. How can he think that I would ever love Cassio. Is it not plain that he, Othello, is my lord and the only object of my affection. Does it not matter. I think it doesn’t. Othello’s whole body is shaking (5.2.50) and his eyes are rolling (5.2.41), these signs do not bode well for my life....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Evil Iago of Othello

- Iago is the poisoner and his job is to ruin lives to get what he wants by using his ironic words to destroy his victims. His evil disguised plan works on foolish Othello and Cassio, who foolishly trust Iago. Iago uses both Cassio and Othello to his advantage, noticing how trustworthy they are of him. Both Cassio and Othello make the mistake of calling Iago, honest Iago (II. Iii. 355), and when he hears this he knows that he controls Cassio and Othello. Iago is smart. He is also underestimated and ruthless....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- Shakespeare’s “Othello,” one of his most well-known works, tells the story of a Venetian Moor named Othello and his tragic fall at the hands of a manipulating and deceptive Iago. The 1995 film adaptation of “Othello” by Oliver Parker attempts to capture the spirit of the play that Shakespeare envisioned. Though trying its best to stay as true to the original play as possible, it does at times depart from Shakespeare’s version. In Oliver Parker’s version of Othello, the film relies heavily on the setting, costumes and acting of the actors, portrays the characters differently than they are presented in the original work, and adds a variety of scenes while removing other aspects of the play....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Othello, Kenneth Branagh]

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Character Analysis of Roderigo in Othello

- In Shakespeare’s play, Othello, several incidents occur that portray the purpose of Roderigo’s character. If one event is isolated from the rest, the thematic desire is lost. It is only when the events are looked at as a whole that the actual theme is obtained. Roderigo is a minor character who carries out a vital role in the play. Although Roderigo has very few lines, he plays a crucial role on a thematic level. The play begins with a conversation between Roderigo and Iago. The opening lines are significant in that they set the tone and initiate the plot....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Use of Imagery in Othello

- Before the ability to read words, pictures can be used to communicate to babies or even the illiterate. Pictures are universal. They will be seen as the same language no matter what part of the globe you are in. A good author can create pictures through his words. A great author can create the same imagery for centuries to come. The function of imagery in the mid-sixteenth century play Othello by William Shakespeare is to add characterization and eventually define meaning in the play. The antagonist Iago is defined through various images, some being the use of poison and sleeping aids, to show his true evil nature....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Misunderstood Iago of Othello

- Shakespearian tales always leave us with a plethora to ponder about the Elizabethan age and Shakespeare himself. “Othello” is no break in this mold, leaving us to ponder the roll of Iago within the harsh tale of love and murder. Iago is the one to tell Othello of his wife’s betrayal with Cassio, hence making up a story that will work to his favor yet betray those around him. Iago betrays his wife, Emilia, but not only her as he drags Othello, Desdemona, and Cassio into the mix of lies and the hatred he is spreading to improve his rank with Othello....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- ... Roderigo says, “I have no great devotion to the deed; / And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons. / ‘Tis but a man gone. / Forth, my sword. He dies” (5.1. 8-10). As we can see Roderigo falls for Iago’s deceit and attempts killing Cassio. Iago viciously states, “I have rubbed this young quat almost to the sense, / and he grows angry. / May unfold me to him; there stand I in much peril. / No, he must die. Be’t so. I hear him coming” (5.1. 11-22). This shows us that Iago has taken advantage of gullible Roderigo, and Iago is ready to get cut Roderigo out of the plan, Iago has used Roderigo all up and he has decided Roderigo has nothing left to offer, so he is ready to off him....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Othello]

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Iago the Machiavellian in Othello

- Throughout history, there have been many human beings whom have been seen as either a hero or a villain. In their childhood, these people must had obstacles that were in their way, causing each individual to either work harder or give up. People, however; must understand that each individual has a potential in achieving their goals, but if one is mistreated or deceived due to jealousy, resentment, hatred, or ambition, it can lead to many catastrophic events. People who have pride and arrogance do not want to have equals, rather they want to see their victims suffer....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Shakespeare 's Othello : The Downfall Of The Moor Othello

- ... / It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on…he o’er / Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet (strongly) loves!” (III.iii.195-200), to fuel his jealousy. In an article Barry Lenson and Kenneth Ruge wrote about Othello, they said, “When the green-eyed monster gets out of control, it becomes a destructive syndrome--obsessive jealousy—that authors term the Othello response.” (The Othello Response). As Othello believes more and more that his wife and his lieutenant are having an affair, he truly becomes the green-eyed monster himself....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, Iago, Envy]

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Emilia's Intelligence in Shakespeare's Othello

- In Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello, Emilia expresses her underrated intelligence to prove others' beliefs against her. Unlike the other women in the book, Emilia understands men and their thinking; therefore she shows no shame for standing up for what she believes in. Emilia unexpectedly ruins her husband's plan, which suddenly alters the outcome the story. Emilia without a doubt out smarts everyone, including her own brilliant husband, Iago, but little does he know that his loyal wife surprisingly ruins his plan....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Violence in Shakespeare's Othello

- Violence in Shakespeare's Othello In William Shakespeare's Othello violence can be found in several different ways. Violence can be expressed physically, mentally, and verbally. This tragic play shows how jealousy and envy can overpower a person's mind and lead them to wreak havoc on others. Not only does this story give many different examples of violence, it displays how mental violence can promote physical violence, and continues on in that cycle. Mental promotes physical which ultimately leads back to mental....   [tags: Othello Shakespeare]

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Analysis of Othello's Speech

- Othello is a man of romantic nature. He fell in love with the beautiful Desdemona. He was accused of stealing her away from her father. Othello was of a different race and did not fit in with her family. Othello makes a plea for Desdemona and tells his story which wooed her to begin with. Othello tells of the love that her father showed him since his boyish days. This was like a match made in heaven that overcame many obstacles which got in their way. Othello could not understand why he was good enough to work and fight alongside of her father, but was not good enough for his daughter....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Negative Impact of Gender Roles in Othello

- While there have been a great number of changes in the world since Shakespeare wrote Othello, there are a few truths about humanity and society that remain true. Othello is notorious for it’s examination of race, but is not given enough credit for its observations of gender. Iago embodies masculine gender roles in a severe and exaggerated way, allowing his desire for proving his masculinity to corrupt him morally. Iago then turns and uses his own fears of inadequacy against Othello as the root of his revenge and to improve his own self-image....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and Iago

- Othello and Iago The tragedy "Othello" by William Shakespeare is a story based upon the revenge of two characters, Othello and Iago. These two characters help to prove Murphey's Law which states that if something wrong can happen it will: for Othello it is the wrongful killing of his wife and friend, for Iago it is getting caught for his actions and finally being tortured. Many historians, actors, and readers would like to argue that Othello and Iago are very complex but at a closer look you will notice that their actions are purely based upon revenge for their iniquities....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello, the Moor of Venice: A Tragic Hero

- Miller’s Willy Loman exemplifies the core elements of a tragic hero who experiences a shift in understanding, fears that result in failing, and belief that any man, even a Lo-man, can experience that which is tragic. In Shakespeare's Othello the Moor of Venice, Othello is considered a tragic hero because he undergoes a Othello possesses both a noble birth and displays heroic qualities. One might argue, that he is a “Moor”, so this automatically places him on a lower level than most of society, and can’t classify as being born noble....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Black Heart in a White World: Othello

- In the play, Othello written by William Shakespeare in 1602, the protagonist Othello has three distinct personalities that abide through the conflicts in the play and define his personality more and more through each page turn. Throughout the play the reader witnesses many different personalities carried out by Othello, the most prominent being; doubtfulness, rationality, and his being a “jealous monster”. Even though on the surface, his personalities may seem very contradictive of one another, they are not....   [tags: othello, shakespeare, ]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Desdemona in Othello

- Desdemona in Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello, the wife of the protagonist is Desdemona. She is a lovely, intelligent, wholesome and pious person. This essay will analyze her.   In Act 1 Scene1, Iago persuades the rejected suitor of Desdemona, Roderigo, to accompany him to the home of Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, in the middle of the night. Once there the two awaken him with loud shouts about his daughter’s elopement with Othello. In response to Iago’s vulgar descriptions of Desdemona’s involvement with the general, Brabantio arises from bed and, with Roderigo’s help, gathers a search party to go and find Desdemona and bring her home....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Racism and Cultural Differences Exposed in Othello

- Othello, from the onset, is shown to us a play of love and jealousy. There is however more to this play than just love and jealousy; there is underlying racism, hate, deception, pride, and even sexism between these pages. Othello is a transcendent play, one that will survive the perils of time simply because it is still relevant. Even today, over 400 years later, there are still issues of racism and sexism. Hate is as natural as love in humans and Othello gets right to the root of that. We witness this from the very first scene, “…you’ll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse/ you’ll have your nephews neigh to you” (I.i.112-14); to the very last, “Moor she was chaste....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- ... When Othello sees that he Cassio is warring the handkerchief on his hand he goes ballistic and goes to confront Desdemona and ultimately killing her and himself at the end. Othello was an outsider and he gets treated like one too. He was different because he was a moor, which is a word for an African Muslim man. Othello’s alienation can be seen throughout the play when analyzing how other characters react to Othello and how they treat him. In “Othello’s Alienation” by Edward Berry, Berry says Perhaps the most pervasive sign of Othello 's alienation is to be found in the use or, more precisely, the avoidance of Othello 's name....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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Othello And Desdemona

- Obsidian and Alabaster: Othello and Desdemona Othello and Desdemona’s marriage was doomed from the start. Even considering the racial nature of the marriage, his lack of a constant home, and the improper method of his courting, there is another reason why their marriage would never have worked. Othello’s label of Desdemona prevents him from considering her a person. He thinks of her instead as superior to himself in every way, to the point that she is a god. Her race, beauty, and status make her godly in his mind....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Othello and Desdemona]

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Othello Journal Act IV

- Othello Journal Act IV In Act IV of Othello, by WIlliam Shakespeare, Iago continues his torture of Othello. Iago torments Othello until Othello pratically faints. He keeps pushing and pushing Othello saying that Cassio has layed with Desdemona. It is noticed by the reader that Othello has gone from his once artiqulate to an Iago-like crude speech. "Lie with her. lie on her. We say lie on her, when they belie her. Lie with her. that's fulsome. --Handkerchief--confessions--handkerchief!--To confess, and be hanged for his labour;--first, to be hanged, and then to confess.- -I tremble at it....   [tags: Othello ]

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The Importance of Race in Othello

- Throughout time, writing has evolved such that gender, race and creed have taken on a more pivotal role in fiction. Some people argue that race in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Othello,” is hardly an issue. However, to many people, race is everything in “Othello. The challenges that Othello, the lead character, faces are directly attributed to his “Moor” complexion and if he were of a different nationality, the outcome of his situation would have been drastically different. These claims are supported by the articles of “Othello’s Alienation” by Edward Berry and “Race Mattered: Othello in Late Eighteenth-Century England” by Virginia Mason Vaughan that argue that race is a major element in “...   [tags: Discuss the importance of race in Othello]

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Othello’s Desdemona: A Representation of Good

- In sixteenth century literature, women rarely were given substantial roles. Often women were depicted as having great folly or the source of the main character’s downfall. Even in the twenty-first century, many critics still believe that Shakespeare’s Desdemona in Othello has no other purpose than to be a puppet in Iago’s diabolical plan. However, to draw such a conclusion would be a mistake. Shakespeare used Desdemona to personify a Christ-like figure, a representation of good in the battle of good versus evil, and an independent warrior to prove that she is a round character in Othello....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello Desdemona By William Shakespeare

- ... Later, Iago used the handkerchief by placing it in Cassio’s room to frame him, reinforcing the lie that he was having an affair with Desdemona. When Bianca, a prostitute that holds affection towards Cassio, finds the handkerchief she accuses him of seeing another woman. While she threw the handkerchief in Cassio’s face, Othello caught the scene and believed his wife was really cheating on him. This only dragged Desdemona into unnecessary conflict that Iago put her in. With this in his mind, Othello demanded Desdemona to tell him where the handkerchief went....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Marriage]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice was written by William Shakespeare, and it is only one of countless notable plays he wrote. A reoccurring theme in Othello is jealousy brought on usually by deception; throughout the play people often hide their true intentions and are not always what they appear to be like W.H Auden said “There 's always another story. There 's more than meets the eye.” The relationships Iago built on manipulation, lies, and false promises were a crucial part of the play; Iago was able to deceive other characters by twisting the situation so that characters like Roderigo, Cassio, and Othello misinterpreted what they saw....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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The Valiant Moor Othello's Downfall

- The term of address 'valiant Moor' is used by the senator and conveys the idea that Othello is the protector and saviour of Venice. Othello is a black man of a very high status and can be see as valuable and indispensible to the state, as he is needed to fight in the war. The fronted conjunction 'But' shows that Othello unfortunately, has a fatal flaw of being very open with those he thinks he can trust on face value alone/ Othello's devotion and love to Desdemona in Act 1 could lead him to becoming jealous very easily of his wife....   [tags: Othello, shakespeare, character, ]

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The Significance of the Handkerchief in Othello

- How can one small piece of fabric manifest so much havoc. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, there is great significance of a powerful symbol that completely alters the fate of the story. “In the case of the handkerchief, it stands for several things, things that cannot be seen” (Hacht 663). This symbol, the handkerchief, is given to Desdemona by Othello, as a token of his love, and to their new beginnings as husband and wife. However, the meaning of the handkerchief is viewed differently in various characters perspectives....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello Essays]

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Othello: Iago is the Devil Incarnate

- In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, Iago the antagonist of the play is one of Shakespeare’s most multifaceted villains. Through deception Iago makes his fellow characters believes he is a true and honest man. All the while he is manipulating and deceiving every single one of them. Iago is not the typical villain one would now see in cinema. He has much more depth and complexity, and can be believed to be amoral; this is what gives his character such prowess. One of the most brilliantly crafted villains in history, Iago is an incredibly intelligent and creative man who shows throughout the play how apt he is at twisting the truth and turning the facts upside down, using strategies and t...   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello]

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Othello as a Tragic Hero

- Othello is a tragic hero because of his greatnesses and his weaknesses. He is a noble man who possesses all the qualities of a military leader, which he is. He has control over himself and shows courage as well as dignity. Just as Othello is a virtuous man there are some flaws within him, these flaws complete him ff as a tragic hero. Othello is often blinded by trust and can not see a person for who they really are. He trusts the people around him even when they mean to afflict harm upon him. Through this, it can be seen why Othello is one of the most tragic hero out of all the characters from Shakespeare’s many plays....   [tags: Othello, Tragic Heroes, Shakespeare, ]

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Human Weakness in Macbeth and Othello

- Macbeth is one of the best known plays written by Shakespeare in the 17th century, Jacobean period. It was the period where the belief in supernatural was greatly held and king James I himself, the author of Divine rights of king adhered in witchcraft and openly practiced the idea of kings being God’s representatives on earth, so to even complain about them was a sin. The tragic hero, brave and valiant Macbeth had all the required characteristics of the ideal Scottish soldier; valorous and gallant but he is bound to have a tragic flaw which he is powerless over and the cause of his inevitable death, his ‘vaulting ambition’ and greed....   [tags: Compare Macbeth Othello]

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Desdemona as a Tragic Victim in ‘Othello’

- In Shakespeare’s play “Othello” the main characters Othello and Desdemona suffer a tragic fate due to their actions and unforeseen circumstances. A majority of Desdemona’s suffering is down to Iago’s manipulation. However, it could also be argued that Iago is not completely to blame for the misfortune of Desdemona. We as the readers can see evidence of this at certain points in the play where Iago has planted the seeds of despair and Desdemona and Othello have fallen for his plans. In this essay, I will look at key moments in the play where Desdemona is presented as a tragic victim by the writer and justify why she is a tragic victim using quotes from the play....   [tags: Othello, characters, shakespeare, ]

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Othello, The Moor Of Venice

- Over the years, literature has brought people memorable villains in plays, moving pictures, and various novels. One character deserves to be ranked high in the category of greatest villains, but it is not the reason one would think. Iago, one of the popular characters in The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, had the ability to manipulate the other characters so well that it awed the audience and in the end deceived them too. An article in by Haim Omer and Marcello Da Verona they asked the question, “How could Iago, on the strength of words, suggestions, and innuendoes – without the slightest shred of concrete evidence – convince and change Othello so thoroughly that, in the course of a...   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Brabantio]

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Analysis Of ' Othello And Pride And Prejudice ``

- ... Mandras becomes Pelagia’s main focus and source of desires, whereas Pelagia becomes Mandras “light” and the reason his going to war for “national salvation”, and “for all women like her.” Similarly, Othello is Desdemona’s lover not only physically but also on a spiritual level as she violates the normal standards of an Elizabethan era for this love, going against the will of her father however willing to have her “soul and fortunes consecrate”; the same way Pelagia living under the traditional rules and customs of the Greek society permits herself to have “sluttish” thoughts of Mandras....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Character, Novel]

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Othello: Iago's Soliloquies and Intentions

- Iago’s Soliloquies and Intentions In every play there is at least one character that jumps of the page and begs for your attention. In The Tragedy of Othello by William Shakespeare this character is Iago. Iago is a devious man, liar, manipulator, and psychopath. It seems as though in the world of Shakespeare there is always consent power struggles throughout almost all his plays (list several examples) However, to me the most interesting of all of these, is in the play Othello. Where Iago seeks revenge on an unknowing Othello....   [tags: Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare]

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Antigone and Othello: Tragic Heroes

- Othello and Antigone are both tragic heroes. They do great deeds and have great power or strength. For example, Othello defeats Venice's enemies. Antigone makes sure that a Theban right is a Theban due. But fatal character flaws destroy the lives of the two heroes. Both of them suffer from pride and uncontrolled passion. Othello is so proud of his integrity and courage that he doesn't recognize his violent temper and his manipulability by Iago. Antigone is so proud of her commitment to the true, the right, the proper, and the correct that she doesn't respect differing, less passionate opinions....   [tags: Antigone, Othello, tragedy, Heroes,]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- ... They show respect to their husband but as Emilia clearly demonstrates they are able to stand up to them. No set of scenes states this so clearly as the situation of the deaths of the leading ladies in the play. Demonstrated through Emilia and Desdemona the article by Ruth Vanita explains that even in death it 's “much more strongly suggestive of how great lady and ordinary gentlewoman are equally defenseless as wives, yet retain their dignity with their death,”. (Proper’ Men and ‘Fallen Women.350) Though Emilia’s death is a tragedy she, unlike the men, maintains a moral end worthy of respect....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Gender, Woman]

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General Othello in Othello

-       William Shakespeare gave us a most moving drama in Othello. In this play we witness the demise of a “paragon” of a wife and a “valiant Moor”, Othello. Let us consider the Moor in detail, with professional critical input, in this essay. From the text of the play a number of clues can be gleaned which round out the description of the general. In William Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Paul A. Jorgensen describes the general in Othello: Though scarcely the “barbarian” (1.3.353) he is called, the Moor is emphatically black, probably rough, even fearsome, in appearance, and a foreign mercenary from Mauritania in refined Venice....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Othello 's race does not greatly influence his downfall in the play. He maintains that while Shakespeare touches upon the issue of race, the cause of Othello 's demise lies elsewhere. However, the implications of race in the play directly lead to its tragic ending; it is this issue that impels the characters to set the tragedy in motion. Brabantio would agree to the union of Othello and Desdemona if it were not for Othello 's blackness. Roderigo could never be motivated to pursue Desdemona were it not for his belief that their relationship is unnatural....   [tags: Othello, Racism, Iago, Desdemona]

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Othello, Cassio, and Iago

- Seeing is Believing Proof is something that all human beings seek. Without proving something in order for it to be valid we would have nothing to tell us when something is false. Everyday people use proof as a part of reason; it has been used to turn a hypothesis into a theory, a rumor into fact, without proof we would have nothing. There are many different ways to prove something, some more affective than others; having a person simply tell you something is true or false does not always do the job, but in simplistic matters it may be all they have to work with....   [tags: Othello, Cassio, Iago]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... A second indication of Othello 's inkling is when Iago planted the handkerchief in Cassio 's hand. Desdemona received a handkerchief as a token of love from Othello, Iago orchestrated that the handkerchief would wind up in Cassio 's possession. To prove that it is truly Iago who set this up, is when Iago talks to Emily about the handkerchief she says "Why that Moor first gave to Desdemona,/That which so often you did bid me steal."(3.3.315-316). Iago is trying to make it seem that Desdemona is not being faithful....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Truth, Friendship]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- ... Iago tells Roderigo that he is trying to help him win over Desdemona and how he can do so by putting “money in [his] purse” (1.3.395); however, Iago’s true cruel motive is to just take all of Roderigo’s money. One of the main themes in this play is how everything is not as it seems and Iago cruelly tricks Roderigo to make it seem as if he is his friend. Iago makes Roderigo believe he has good intentions towards him. Though it seems to Roderigo that everything Iago says is true, the true meaning behind Iago’s words is hidden to Roderigo which makes it easier to manipulate him....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Cruelty, Michael Cassio]

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Free Othello Essay: The Disintegration of Othello

- The Disintegration of Othello Shakespeare's Othello is a play with unique characters. One such character is the one for which Shakespeare names his play. In the play, Othello disintegrates from a confident leader to a homicidal murderer. Linguistic changes throughout the play attest to this theory. In the opening scenes, Shakespeare portrays Othello as a noble character. When Brabantio seeks vengeance (for "stealing" his daughter) on Othello, Othello expresses his actions will "tongue out his [Brabantio's] complaints" (1.2.21)....   [tags: Othello essays]

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William Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- ... Iago uses peer pressure to get the easily persuaded Cassio to drink and celebrate while he is on the job. Iago then has Roderigo instigate Cassio who goes on a drunken rage, wounds the governor of Cyprus, and angers Othello to the point where he is demoted. Iago begins playing the role of the good guy again and gives Cassio advice and agrees to help Cassio in his quest for his position back. Iago progresses in his plan, gaining more of Othello’s trust, by instilling a sense of dishonesty in Othello towards his wife enough to where Othello later strikes Desdemona....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Emilia]

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Othello, The Status Of Women

- ... Othello lacks negative capability, a concept first stated by the poet John Keats about Shakespeare’s plays. The concept states that men should be able to think about and view the world without the need to change the uncertainties of life into strict rational system. Even though Desdemona is her own person, Othello tries to control every aspect of her life and does not trust her when she acts out of his control, for example, when she defends Cassio to Othello. Because of this homosocial world of men and Othello’s lack of negative capacity, Iago is easily able to use his skillful rhetoric to plant the idea in Othello’s mind that Desdemona is cheating....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Desdemona]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... Othello’s anger seems to stem from a sense of humiliation that others may have been aware that his wife was cuckolding him without him knowing because earlier in the play he stated, “Why did I marry. This honest creature [Iago] doubtless sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds’ (3.2.242-243). By making this statement, Othello shows his insecurity about their relationship and his concern that someone else may be aware of his wife’s deceitfulness. This fear of humiliation angers him to the point of becoming murderous and explains why he is so concerned with his image after killing her....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Love, The Play]

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Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- ... In all three, Othello is a considered an outsider due to his skin color, and is an easy target for Iago’s manipulation. Despite the hurdles of racism, Othello is able to succeed whether it is as a high-ranking general or as a star basketball player. “Gli” makes use of the motif of racism right form the start, not even giving Othello a real name, only calling him the “Moor”, a degrading and dehumanizing name. Despite this Othello doesn’t escape his insecurities and falls prey to Iago’s manipulation almost immediately without full proof, thinking he isn’t worthy of Desdemona’s love, and thus Iago must be correct....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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Hamlet And Othello By William Shakespeare

- ... Othello wasn’t a harmful or vindictive person until Iago tricks him. Othello was actually a very trusting person, which is why he was so easily deceived by Iago. His trusting quality ultimately was his tragic flaw that led him to his demise. Othello became a different person when his heart was played with. He didn’t have any intent on hurting Desdemona until Iago toyed with his mind. If Iago had never manipulated Othello there wouldn’t have been any conflict in the play. Othello and Desdemona would have been happy together without any problems....   [tags: Love, Hamlet, Othello, Characters in Hamlet]

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Themes in Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello was written by Jacobean playwright William Shakespeare in 1603. It proved a huge success when first performed in 1604, in front of a huge audience. The story is one of Shakespeare’s great tragedy themed plays. Othello is the black protagonist and highly esteemed Venetian general. Iago is the ambitious but scheming villain of the play. When Othello promotes a man called Michael Cassio over Iago, he is furious and launches a malicious campaign against Othello. Meanwhile, Othello has married a white woman, Desdemona, without her father knowing....   [tags: Othello, Shakespeare, themes,]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Shakespeare is prominent not only in inventing new words, but also in using such themes as death, love, and betrayal throughout his works including Othello. However the central theme of the play is jealousy which we face right from the beginning meeting Roderigo, who envies Othello because he wants to be with Desdemona. In the end of the play we see how furiously jealous Othello is because he is sure Cassio and Desdemona have an affair. In the story of Othello by Shakespeare it is clear that Iago plays a significant part as he is introduced right from the first scene....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Love]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... Furthermore, Othello is an outsider due to his race. Even though he is a highly respected general he is still referred to as “Moor”, “blacker devil” and “beast”, lowering his confidence and self-esteem, adding to his insecurities of his race and heritage. His skin colour makes him vulnerable to stereotypical allusions and assumptions. Iago eventually uses his flaws and insecurities to deceive him and form his triumph. It is because of his triumph, we see the tragedy he forms as he plays on human vulnerabilities, weaknesses and insecurities....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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The Tragedy Of Oedipus And Othello

- ... Iago knew Othello’s weakness so, he used it to his advantage. Iago continually manipulated Othello. Since Othello was filled with insecurities he was an easy target for manipulation. Critics, Daverona and Omer, commented, “[...] the moor was led from a sense of the highest personal and professional self-assurance, control, and satisfaction to a pit of insecurity, hatred, and recklessness” (Daverona and Omer 99-100). Iago convinced Othello that Desdemona was in love with Cassio; he manipulated many situations that Othello was unaware of, such as the handkerchief and the prostitute conversations....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Tragic hero, Oedipus]

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Desdemona from Othello

- In Greek, Desdemona means ‘the unfortunate’, perhaps reflecting an ideology that she is not meant to be liked, merely pitied for her misfortune as a tragic victim (commonly defined as someone who dies due to the faults of others). Throughout Othello, Desdemona is presented as pure and innocent – in regards to this, Auden’s comment is unusual as Desdemona is seldom criticised; indeed many critics are complementary, giving her titles such as ‘gentle Desdemona’. Desdemona is a victim of both Othello’s jealousy (the ‘green-eyed monster’) and Iago’s malevolence....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello's Tragic Flaws

- Shakespeare has been known to create terrific tales of love and tragedy. Even James Van Der Beek, a well known actor from Dawson's Creek, once commented that, “like all great romantics, Shakespeare realized love was a lot more likely to end with a bunch of dead Danish people than with a kiss”("Americans on the Bard"). This emphasizes how easily people can relate Shakespeare to tragic love. Although he did write many poems and plays with happy endings, his tragedies stand out the most. In these tragedies, people are often led through use of misconception, trickery, or both....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- ... Through these established racist views, we are able to infer that Othello’s race strengthens the negative opinions some other characters have of him. Roderigo dislikes Othello more intensely for marrying Desdemona because he feels that he is more deserving of her love as a white man and has thus been unjustly robbed of his woman. Iago likely more strongly disrespects Othello’s decisions as a commander, especially in regards to who he chose to appoint as lieutenant, because Othello is black and does not feel that a black man’s decisions are as logical and valid as the ones he would make....   [tags: Othello, Race, Racism, White people]

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Is Othello A Tragic Hero?

- Tahlea Robinson World literature I 2 April 2015 Was Othello a tragic hero. In order to be considered a tragic hero, one must ultimately be a genuine person, but makes some error in judgment that causes his downfall. A simple mistake or character flaw can bring them to an abrupt end, followed by a loss of everything they have. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello carries certain characteristics that make him seem very ingenuous. Although he is a prestigious character, he allows his surroundings to spin him into self-destruction....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, William Shakespeare, Desdemona]

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