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Deception in Shakespeare's Othello

- Deception in Shakespeare’s “Othello”      One may readily perceive the theme of Shakespeare’s “Othello” as deception. Deception appears many times in Othello, but in almost every incident the degree of deception is different. Deception is to “deceive another, illusion, or fraud” (Webster’s New World Pocket Dictionary 69), which is seen as a wrongful act. However, deception may be used to protect someone from getting hurt therefore being used with good intentions.      The very first act of deception is done by the character Desdemona....   [tags: Othello Shakespeare Deception]

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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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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- Amidst the global warming crisis in the Arctic and subsequent lack of food, there have been reports of polar bears eating their own children due to the lack of food. While gruesome, being threatened causes one to take drastic actions to protect oneself. If bears can lose their most maternal instincts for self-protection, how easy is betrayal among friendships. As seen in William Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago’s deliberate and carefully thought out betrayal demonstrates the theme that one often loses sight of humanity in a quest for revenge....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Deception, William Shakespeare]

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Deception in Shakespeare's Othello

- Deception in Shakespeare's Othello Deception, which by its definition is a bad thing and has only one level or degree, is truly not this way at all. Deception appears many times in Othello, but in almost every incident the degree of deception is different. There are only a few characters that use deception, and those characters all use different degrees of deception to get what they want in the play. Deception is almost always used through verbal language or body language because it is the easiest way to deceive a person....   [tags: Othello William Shakespeare Essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago's Deception as Catalyst for Truth

- Iago: Deception as Catalyst for Truth   The audience will achieve a more complete understanding of Iago in The Tragedy of Othello if Iago is viewed as a complex character and not simply as a conventional "villain."  Iago's devious schemes destroy lives both literally and figuratively, but they may also serve to reveal the character of others in intricate ways.  A critical interpretation of Iago reveals that although he is principally a deceiver, he is also a dramatic agent of truth.  Even though his acts are malicious and deceitful, the title "honest Iago" is fitting in the sense that he reveals the true nature of his victims, as well as the propensity for human beings to act in accordanc...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- There is no greater power in the world than the power of words. In Shakespeare’s Othello, the characters become mere marionettes forced to perform in the sadist, Iago, sick and twisted show. Iago manipulates lies and truth to create a brilliantly elaborate scheme that allows him to easily control any person of his choosing. Iago discretion enables him to fly under the radar undetected to further progress his ultimate goal of bringing down Othello. The profound use of language contributed to Iago’s deception of character such as Roderigo, Cassio and Othello....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Deception]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- We have all heard of the saying “There is more than meets the eye”, personally theorizing that there may be a hidden meaning behind a person’s initial appearance. Lying and deceiving others are common in society, and many individuals disguise their true intentions. In Othello, Iago is no different from those individuals. While portraying a faithful and trustworthy friend, deep down Iago is a manipulative, misleading and dishonest villain. From the beginning, Iago creates a strategic game plan by undermining everyone in their weaknesses as a way of revenge....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Deception, Michael Cassio]

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The Mask Of Deception, By Nathaniel Hawthorne And The Play Othello By William Shakespeare

- The Mask of Deception All humans wear a mask of some kind; whether it is a false representation varies from person to person. This reality is revealed in poetic fashion in the piece “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar; the short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and the play Othello by William Shakespeare. While all in different genre’s, they all contain the similarity of deception and creating a mask for the rest of the world to see in order to hide their true self. In the story “Young Goodman Brown”, Goodman Brown experiences everyone around him wearing the mask of Christianity and holiness, and he therefore loses his own faith....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown, Othello]

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Deception in Shakespeare's Othello

- Deception in Othello   In the play Othello, the very evil and conniving character Iago deceives the main characters. He prays mostly on the main character Othello. Othello is a black general who is married to a white woman named Desdemona. In the beginning of the play Othello promotes a man named Cassio to be his right hand man in his army. Iago, thinking that he was going to get the promotion, is furious by this and swears revenge on Othello. In his revenge he uses many people. One of these people is Rodrigo....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Themes of Deception in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Themes of Deception in William Shakespeare's Othello Deception is one of the main themes running through Othello, along with love, pride and society. Indeed, it is deception that provides the fuel for the plot and deception that is leads to the classic downfall of the 'hero' as is common in Shakespeare tragedies. We see Macbeth and Hamlet both succumb to downfall. perhaps the most obvious deception is Iago's deception. The principal method that Iago uses to convince Othello of Desdemona´s infidelity is by using one of Othello´s most treasured possessions and telling Othello that his wife, Desdemona, has given it away to her lover, Cassio....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's Portrayal of Themes of Deception and Jealousy in Othello

- Shakespeare's Portrayal of Themes of Deception and Jealousy in Othello The main characters in relation to jealousy in the play are Othello and Desdemona. Desdemona is the object of Othello's jealousy, which is planted in his mind by Iago's deception. This enhances Othello's position in the minds of the audience as the tragic hero, and deeply links these two themes. The very status of being the tragic hero in the minds of the audience enhances our sense of his deception by Iago....   [tags: Papers]

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Iago As A Liar And The Father Of All Lies

- “When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of all lies” (John 8:44). This excerpt from The New Oxford Annotated Bible identifies the devil as the root of deceit; in Shakespeare 's Othello, deceit is the tool antagonist Iago uses to corrupt his companions. The portrayal of Iago in Othello reflects that of Satan in The New Oxford Annotated Bible. Iago reflects Satan in that he deceives his victims, manipulates his victims ' actions, and causes his victims to harm and condemn themselves....   [tags: Deception, Lie, Othello, Devil]

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Iago 's Strategic Acts Of Character Manipulation

- Iago‟s Strategic Acts of Character Manipulation W.H. Auden once said, "There is more than meets the eye", suggesting that there may be a hidden or deeper meaning behind a person 's initial appearance. Lies and deceits are common in society, and many individuals mask their true intentions with a veneer. In Shakespeare 's play Othello, the character Iago is no different from those deceptive individuals. Behind his façade as a trustworthy ensign and friend, Iago is a multilayered, deceptive and manipulative villain, concocting chaos and causing mishaps toother characters for revenge....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Deception, Michael Cassio]

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A Quest For Revenge By William Shakespeare

- Amidst the global warming crisis in the artic and subsequent lack of food, there have been reports of polar bears eating their own children due to the lack of food. While gruesome, being threatened causes one to take drastic actions to protect oneself. If bears can lose their most maternal instincts for self-protection, what is to stop betrayal among friendships. As seen in William Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago’s deliberate and carefully thought out betrayal demonstrates the theme that one often loses sight of humanity in a quest for revenge....   [tags: Iago, Othello, William Shakespeare, Deception]

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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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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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Commentary of William Shakespeare´s Othello

- The play “Othello, The Moor of Venice ” by William Shakespeare, tells the story of the tragic downfall of Othello. In this play, love, loyalty, and honesty are the most important emotions that keep the world in order, and when those are questioned or lost, chaos takes over. Othello has been tricked to believe the worst about his wife, Desdemona. Then Othello becomes damaged by jealousy, and he takes that emotion to the extreme. The truth is revealed too late, and because of Othello’s actions the only way he can restore his honor is by his own death....   [tags: Mistrust, Deception, Tragedy]

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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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Hamlet : Othello On Debate

- Hamlet: Lunacy on Debate In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there is an abundance of evidence that points to Hamlet deliberately feigning fits of madness for the purpose of confusing and disconcerting the king and his court. Hamlet has vowed to act “strange and odd” but his actions during the play lead the reader to assume the protagonist in this play has indeed gone mad; due to the convincing insanity portrayal on Hamlet’s part. Nonetheless, Hamlet displays an ability to think rationally, contemplate, and plan, unlike an insane individual....   [tags: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Gertrude, Deception]

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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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Appearance vs Reality in Othello by William Shakespeare

- Appearance vs Reality is one of the most fundamental and oldest philosophical themes in human history. All people live their lives relying on their knowledge and perception, and are thus bound to them. These boundaries are what they tend to accept as "reality". However, knowledge and perception are both vague concepts; as a consequence, their reality could be nothing more than a mere mirage shaped by their beliefs. William Shakespeare, one of the most renowned writers of the English Language, knew of the connection between appearance and reality and often provided his characters with multiple personalities in order to depict them in a specific fashion....   [tags: characters, deception, revenge]

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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

- 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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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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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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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- In the play Othello, Iago’s eventual triumph forms the play rather than the downfall of Othello. Iago’s cunning trickery, smart schemes and evil manipulation unfold eventual tragedies and his ‘triumph’. His insatiable desire for revenge and constant deception is the foundation of the play, Othello. Therefore, it can be said, it is not so much Othello’s downfall that we witness but Iago’s triumph, as the play depicts the power of words, which is evident in the characterisation of Iago. It is because of his triumph, we see a tragedy he forms as he plays on human vulnerabilities, weaknesses and insecurities....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- In Shakespeare’s Othello, we are given a handful of characters which have varying levels of innocence and mal-intent. Figuratively speaking, these characters put on masks to both hide their true intentions, or to honestly display authenticity. The brilliance of this play comes out in the way that Shakespeare manages to mix the two together. The innocent are seemingly deceptive and unfaithful, while the malicious are perceived with honest fidelity and good nature. Secondary characters of the play also use masks, though to a lesser degree, they still add drama to the tragedy....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- The Tragedy of Othello, written by William Shakespeare, is a play about a Moor of Venice and his downfall by deception and love. The themes of two-facedness, narcissism, and honor are all prominent in this play; the theme overarching these, however, is loyalty. Similar to a satirist, Shakespeare shows that the true nature of a person’s loyalty is not always as it appears. Othello’s loyalty to his own honor exposes his false loyalty to his wife. Iago, the antagonist, is deceptive in portraying himself as honest and committed to those he supposedly loves, but at the same time he plans their downfall....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Narcissism]

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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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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Words have a tremendous effect on any person or any situation, especially if used cleverly. In the play Othello we can see that Iago has the ability to use the power of words along with imagery for malicious purposes, but due to his effective use of language the other characters considers him to be an honest and moral person. In this essay I will firstly state how imagery and the power of words complement each other and then provide examples with explanations regarding the influence of language in the play Othello....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Love, Emilia]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Words have a tremendous effect on any person or any situation, especially if used correctly. In the play Othello we can see that Iago has the ability to use the power of words along with imagery for malicious purposes, but due to his effective use of language the other characters believes that he is an honest and moral person. In this essay I will firstly state how imagery and the power of words complement each other and then provide examples with explanations regarding the influence of language in the play Othello....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Love, Emilia]

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Major Differences Of Shakespeare 's Othello

- Major differences Shakespeare 's Othello is set in Venice and Cyprus. Lester sets his after novel in the late fifteenth century to early sixteenth century England era. There is a major difference in the characterization of the play’s central characters, Othello and Iago. Blurb Lester makes the claim that, in Shakespeare’s play, Othello’s race is not crucial to the unfolding of the tragedy—partly because Shakespeare’s Othello is “deracinated, i.e., besides his skin color, there is nothing African about him” (Lester XII)....   [tags: Othello, Love, Marriage, Iago]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- “Trifles light as air / Are to the jealous confirmations strong / As proofs of holy writ.” (Shakespeare I.iii. 370-372). This quote spoken by Iago, the antagonist in Shakespeare’s Aristotelian tragedy Othello, depicts the Moor’s tragic flaw of jealousy, which is displayed throughout the play. The Moor is Othello, the perceived protagonist in this story as he is the character who is the subject of Iago’s devious plans. In Othello, Othello is the honoured general of the Venetian army who promotes another man to the position of Lieutenant instead of Iago....   [tags: Othello, Tragedy, Poetics, Tragic hero]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- William Penn once said, “Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.” If Othello, the protagonist of Othello had followed this cynical attitude many lives would have been saved. In Othello, William Shakespeare tells the tragic story of Othello who is led to his downfall because of his confidante’s deception. Shakespeare effectively utilizes symbolism, asides, imagery and characterization to demonstrate the effect of Iago’s lies in the ruination of Othello. Shakespeare excellently uses symbolism in this drama....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Soliloquy]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- William Penn once said “Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.” If Othello, the protagonist of Othello , had followed this cynical attitude many lives would have been saved. In Othello Shakespeare tells the tragic story of Othello who is led to his downfall because of his confidante’s deception. Shakespeare effectively utilizes symbolisms, asides, imageries, similes and metaphors to demonstrate the effect of the opportunistic Iago’s lies in the ruination of Othello. Shakespeare excellently uses Desdemona’s handkerchief as a symbol in this drama....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Simile]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Shakespeare 's dramatic yet manipulative use of language is clearly evident throughout William Shakespeare 's tragedy, Othello. Shakespeare 's character, Iago has woven a web of lies which greatly affects the personalities and emotions of certain individuals. Language is the essence of this tragedy; it creates conflict and clashes between characters, whether they be lovers or friends. In particular, Othello, the hero and protagonist of this play is targeted by a cunning villain, Iago who creates turmoil and anger in Othello 's career and relationship with his beloved, Desdemona....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Love]

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The Character of Othello

- The Character of Othello        Shakespeare's Othello is not simply a play which embodies the conflict between insider and outsider. The paradigm of otherness presented in this play is more complicated than the conclusion, "Othello is different; therefore, he is bad." Othello's character is to be revered. He is a champion among warriors; an advisor among councilmen; a Moor among Venetians. Yes, Othello is a Moor, but within the initial configuration of the play, this fact is almost irrelevant....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Infidelity in Othello

- Infidelity in Othello      Two important scenes in Othello are the "Temptation scene" (3.3) and the "Willow scene" (4.3). Although the topic of discussion in both scenes is infidelity, the two scenes contrast more than they compare.   First, the setting is different in the two scenes. Most of the Temptation scene takes place outdoors, in a garden. The atmosphere is open but the conversation stifling. In this scene, Iago tricks Othello into believing Desdemona is cheating on him with Michael Cassio....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Irregularities in Othello

- Irregularities in Othello         The Shakespearean tragedy Othello contains various irregularities of time and occurrence which cause the audience to scratch their head in wonder and doubt. Let us analyze some of these shortcomings in this essay.   In the Introduction to The Riverside Shakespeare Frank Kermode explains one of the difficulties in Othello:   Othello murders his wife on the second night in Cyprus. The difficulty, of which Shakespeare was clearly aware, arises from the fact that this leaves no time for her to have had “stol’n hours of lust,” certainly not to have enjoyed them repeatedly, as Iago alleges....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Character of Iago in Othello         No one has ever failed to appreciate the skilled art with which Shakespeare has defined the characters of his plays; great and small alike, their distinctiveness, their dignity, their misery, and their integrity are captured and displayed.  In particular the depiction of certain characters in Othello have been universally acclaimed.  Identified by many scholars as one of Shakespeare "great" tragedies, along with Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear, Othello follows a traditional tragic pattern, tracing the central character's fall from greatness and bringing together qualities of nobility with choices that lead to inevitable suffering....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Variety of Themes in Othello

- The Variety of Themes in Othello         In the Shakespearean tragedy Othello the number and description of themes is open to discussion. With the help of literary critics, we can analyze this subject in detail.   In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses the ancient’s instinctive reaction to the love-theme of the play:   Before coming directly to the forming of the love-theme that differentiates Othello from other Shakespeare plays that utilize the same theme, I turn arbitrarily to Iago to inspect a distinguishing mark of his of which the relevance to thematic form in the play will appear a little later....   [tags: Othello essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello The Moor Of Venice

- English poet Alexander Pope said; “Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for the time, leave us the weaker ever after.” In the play Othello the Moor of Venice, Othello is faced with many different situations where he must decide if he will choose responsible behavior or to follow his passion. Throughout the play, the decline of Othello is very apparent; he began as a man who put work in front of all personal problems and made sure to put others in front of his own well-being....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Love, Michael Cassio]

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Shakespeare's Othello: Is Jealousy the Cause?

- The hero in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is guided to murder by his passions. Which passions. Jealousy. Sexual jealousy. In this paper let us look into these questions. In the volume Shakespeare and Tragedy John Bayley denies that jealousy is a major causative factor in the play: The play eludes with ease any attempt to pin it down to a solution: why it happened, what caused it, what weakness in Othello was involved. Even jealousy as such is not the reason. Jealousy is a long-term affair, with its own rules and customs, its own subterranean animosities and grudges....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Numerous Themes in Othello

- The Numerous Themes in Othello        The Shakespearean tragedy Othello contains a number of themes; their relative importance and priority is debated by literary critics. In this essay let us examine the various themes and determine which are dominant and which subordinate.   A. C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the theme of sexual jealousy in Othello:   But jealousy, and especially sexual jealousy, brings with it a sense of shame and humiliation....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Don Nunn 's Esteemed Production, Othello ( 1990 ), And Janet Suzman 's ' Othello

- Trevor Nunn’s esteemed production, Othello (1990), and Janet Suzman’s distinguished film, Othello (1987), artistically enthrall viewers from the inception to the final scenes of their unique adaptations of William Shakespeare’s tale of love and jealousy. Both Nunn’s and Suzman’s works chronicle this renowned play with keen attention to detail, bearing striking similarities and maintaining fundamental facets of the plot and theme. This thoughtful preservation of key elements is complemented by distinct innovations and complexities, yielding entirely separate effects and colorful implications....   [tags: Othello, Race, Miscegenation, Iago]

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Shakespeare's Othello and Uncontrolled Jealousy

- Othello and Uncontrolled Jealousy     Dominating the protagonist in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is the passion of sexual jealousy. Dominating the antagonist is another type of jealousy toward Cassio, and hatred toward the general. Let us look closely at the concept of jealousy as it is revealed in this drama. Lily B. Campbell in Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes definitively categorizes Othello as a “study in jealousy”: Othello has suffered less in its modern interpretation than any other of Shakespeare’s tragedies, it would seem....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago’s Manipulation of Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello

- Iago’s Manipulation of Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello Once a seed of suspicion or doubt is planted in a person’s mind, the noxious effect of jealousy is soon to ensue. Jealousy and suspicion are Othello’s flaws hubris throughout the play and foreshadow to the audience his imminent downfall. He believes what Iago tells him so strongly that he compromises his close relationship with his best friend and his love for his wife. Iago manipulates Othello through the use of extortion, literary techniques, and his keen judge of character....   [tags: Othello Essays Shakespeare Papers]

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Iago’s Use of Tone and Simile to Deceive Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello

- Iago’s Use of Tone and Simile to Deceive Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello The greatest and best villains in literature are those who possess the ability to manipulate others in order to further their own causes. In Othello, Iago has the insight and tact to manipulate the other characters, such as Cassio, Roderigo, Desdemona, and in this case, Othello. The methods by which Iago works the other characters are varied, and one prime example of his cunning ability to manipulate can be seen in Act III.iii.333-450....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Shakespeare 's Othello : Iago Character Analysis

- Iago Character Analysis From the very beginning of Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is held in very high regard within the community in Venice. He is often called “honest Iago” by many people, including his superior, Othello. There is a large juxtaposition between Iago’s character in the beginning of the play, and the general perception at the end of the play, due to Iago’s many character flaws that cause him to create devious plans and a web of deception and lies, spun by his intense anger and hatred....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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Feminine Perspective within Othello

- Feminine Perspective within Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello, the male characters far outnumber the female ones. This may tend to cause the feminine viewpoint to be shortchanged. Let’s not let that happen – by consideration of same in this essay.   In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses involvement in the play by Emilia, the wife of Iago:   Emilia’s picking up the handkerchief helps advance the action by contributing to Iago’s deception of Othello, but it is also relevant to her character and to Shakespeare’s conception of the modes of wifely devotion and marital relationship (not to mention its relation...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Heroic Virtue in Othello

- Heroic Virtue in Othello         William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello puts on exhibit an obvious hero and other not-so-obvious heroes. Let us examine them all in this essay.   The supreme type of hero in this play did not occur overnight to the playwright. Rather he slowly built upon one hero after another in his plays until his work culminated in the Moor. A. C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the development of the Shakespearean super-hero in Othello:   And with this change goes another, an enlargement in the stature of the hero....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago as a Satan Figure in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago as a Satan Figure in Othello      The play "Othello" by William Shakespeare is based on an Italian story in Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi (Groliers). In "Othello" we encounter Iago, one of Shakespeare's most evil characters.  Iago is an ensign in Othello's army and is jealous of Cassio's promotion to Lieutenant. Through deception and appearance, we see unfolded a plethora of lies and clever schemes. The astonishing thing about Iago is that he seems to make up his malicious schemes as he goes along without any forethought....   [tags: Othello essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello And Henry V

- William Shakespeare uses language as the subject and medium of his plays. One truly sees the power of words and their delivery, along with the tremendous effect that they can have on people within the plays Othello and Henry V. Shakespeare’s characters, Iago and King Henry, use rhetoric devices to stimulate the other characters and shape the plot of the play. King Henry, who acts as the protagonist of the play, adjusts his feelings and speech patterns to increase the level of receptiveness from his listeners....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello, Laurence Olivier]

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The Talent of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Talent of Iago in Othello        William Shakespeare's Othello is a tragic drama that shows the overwhelming power of deception and the damage it can lead to.  Othello's right-hand man is Iago; on the surface a die-hard friend and confidant, in reality comparable to the devil himself.  Iago uses other characters as though they were his puppets, planting lies and watching the sorrowful fruit born.  Iago deceives virtuous, yet weaker men (such as Cassio and Roderigo) with ease, but feels greatly threatened by the most powerful, virtuous general in the land - Othello.  Othello's only flaw is jealousy, and Iago exploits this to no end, using him to get what he wants.  Iago's talent to ma...   [tags: Shakespeare Othello Essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello: Jealousy Sexual in Nature

- Othello: Jealousy Sexual in Nature        William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello manifests a lot of activity motivated by a variety of passions, some good and others not so. Let’s analyze what many critics consider to be the dominant passion on the part of the protagonist’s most significant actions.   A. C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the dominant motivating passion in Othello:   In the second place, there is no subject more exciting than sexual jealousy rising to the pitch of passion; and there can hardly be any spectacle at once so engrossing and so painful as that of a great nature suffering the torment of this passion, and driven...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello

- Jealousy in Othello The tragedy of Othello is the story of jealousy. It is Othello's public insecurity that makes him jealous of Cassio and allows him to believe that Cassio has slept with Desdemona. Also, it is Iago's jealousy of Othello that drives him to destroy both Othello and Desdemona. What is fascinating about Shakespeare's Othello is the way in which jealousy between the major characters is sexualized. Perhaps what makes Othello so disturbing is how quickly this sexualized jealousy turns into hate....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Othello and the Virtue of Love

- Othello and the Virtue of Love        The love of the protagonist and his wife in William Shakespeare’s trgedy Othello can not stand up against the repeated assaults of the sinister Iago. Let us in this essay search for and comment on the examples of love found in the play.   Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” highlights the love between the hero and his beloved:   The love between Othello and Desdemona is a great venture of faith. He is free; she achieves her freedom, and at a great cost....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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The Issue of Money in The Tempest and Othello

- The Issue of Money in The Tempest and Othello The central issue depicted in both plays The Tempest and Othello is about money. Money in substantial amounts can represent great power and strength over the ruling nation. It plays a major role in our everyday society and one that is fully illustrated in both of Shakespeare’s play. Both of the plays are related to his matter, in that the subplot characters attempt to achieve high respect and, therefore, gain power and strength by deception. A parallelism can be drawn between the characters of Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano from The Tempest to Othello with Iago, Othello involved....   [tags: William Shakespeare The Tempest Othello Essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Honest Iago

- Othello – Honest Iago Without a doubt, one of the main themes that runs throughout William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, is that of honesty.  In the play, the most interesting character is Iago, who is commonly called and known as "Honest Iago."  However, this could not be farther from the truth.  Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits and moves him closer to his own goals.  He is smart and an expert at judging the characters of others.  Because of this, Iago pushes everyone to their tragic end....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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The Irony of William Shakespeare's Othello

- The Irony of William Shakespeare's Othello Irony plays a great role in ?The Tragedy of Othello?. The villain, Iago, plans from the very beginning of the play to ruin Othello?s life. All the major characters in the play believe that Iago is an honest and trustworthy person. The tragic irony is that Iago fools them all. Throughout the whole play Iago manipulates the people around him and lies to them. Iago is very distressed, because Michael Cassio was promoted to Othello?s lieutenant instead of himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Iago Essays]

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Othello: its Themes

- Othello: its Themes         In the Shakespearean tragedy Othello how many themes are there. And which ones predominate. This paper seeks to elucidate the reader on this subject.   In her book, Everybody’s Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies, Maynard Mack comments on the seeming predominance of the theme of loss in the drama:   In any event, what comes to us most forcefully from the stage in Othello is not mystery but the agony of loss, loss all the more tragic, in some instances, for not being inevitable....   [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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Custom Written Term Papers: The Numerous Themes in Othello

- The Numerous Themes in Othello        The Shakespearean tragedy Othello contains a number of themes; their relative importance and priority is debated by literary critics. In this essay let us examine the various themes and determine which are dominant and which subordinate.   A. C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the theme of sexual jealousy in Othello:   In the second place, there is no subject more exciting than sexual jealousy rising to the pitch of passion; and there can hardly be any spectacle at once so engrossing and so painful as that of a great nature suffering the torment of this passion, and driven by it to a crime which is a...   [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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Othello: Themes

- Othello: Themes        How many themes course through the Shakespearean tragedy Othello. Let us in this essay analyze the variety and depth of the themes in this play.   Lily B. Campbell in Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes indicates that hate is the theme on which this play opens:   It is then on a theme of hate that the play opens. It is a hate of inveterate anger. It is a hate that is bound up with envy. Othello has preferred to be his lieutenant a military theorist, one Michael Cassio, over the experienced soldier Iago, to whom has fallen instead the post of “his Moorship’s ancient”....   [tags: Othello essays]

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William Shakespeare's Othello

- The drama, Othello by W. Shakspeare, is a play that we can read with a great deal of understanding because we can relate it to our society today and to the people who surrounds us. We often witness acts of racism, gender bashing, evil people and suiciders because of poor self perception. In this play we see examples of everything. Throughout the play several different perceptions of people are shown . Most often the characters, specially Othello perceived Iago as "honest Iago" . I believe that we do not get a clear vision of how Iago views himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello]

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Emilia’s Perspective on Betrayal in Relationships in Shakespeare’s Othello

- Emilia’s Perspective on Betrayal in Relationships in Shakespeare’s Othello In Othello, Act IV, scene ii and iii, Emilia, Iago’s wife, reveals her opinion about relationships to the reader as she attempts to comfort Desdemona. She indefinitely believes that many men, as well as women, are frequently guilty of deception and betrayal of their partner. By this part of the play, Othello’s suspicions of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness have greatly increased, and he begins to accuse her of cheating on him....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello As An Artist Of Evil

- Brabantio thinks of Othello as the Moorish soldier and a well behaved barbarian and will never accept him as a son-in-law. Iago’s fixation on revenge rules him absolutely and drives him to ruin. Roderigo thinks he can buy Desdemona’s love. Desdemona loves Othello and will continue to love him no matter how he treats her. Othello thinks the guilty must always be swiftly punished. Iago is Othello’s ancient captain in the Venetian defense forces. He had hoped for a promotion but Othello passed over him in favor of Cassio, and Iago works revenge on them both....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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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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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- "Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing." Abraham Lincoln projected this statement to mean that sometimes the appearance of a person is not inevitably the reality of who they are. In Shakespeare 's play Othello, this point is illustrated by the passionate love and extreme hatred in the play which brings out the truth inside of each and every character and situation. In Shakespeare 's play Othello, the world is governed more by appearance than reality, as the characters and situations are more than they transpire....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Truth, Friendship]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Have you ever been jealous of someone due to some reason. One can understand how jealousy can affect him or her to do horrible things. Jealousy causes people to perform stupid actions that they would not have done if they were not jealous of something or someone. The protagonist and the antagonist are mostly driven by love and filled with the feeling of jealousy. Due to the feeling of jealousy felt by the antagonist, Iago about not getting the job he wanted, he makes a plan to somehow destroy Othello’s love for Desdemona....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, Iago, Envy]

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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

- Language and imagination are among the most dangerous weapons Iago has at his disposal in Othello. Jealous and angered by Othello’s - his commanding officer - passing over him for a promotion, Iago develops a fierce, antagonistic perspective the aforementioned character; this sentiment quickly corrupts his volition, and he subsequently concocts a plot bent on destroying Othello. He renders this revenge scheme credible by concealing his true feelings behind a facade of loyalty and trustworthiness, and fabricating a fictitious story concerning the infidelity of Desdemona, Othello’s wife....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Jealousy]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- “For I hate the Moor, and it is thought abroad, that ‘twixt my sheets, he has done my office: I know not if ‘t be true.” “In “Othello” by William Shakespeare, Iago represents the evil that is evident in everyday life and the difficulty to tell what is really true. Iago is motivated because of his hatred for the Moor, Othello. So, he builds trust with several characters to take him down, and the reader watches his plan executed almost flawlessly. Iago’s desire for revenge was hardly justified. He did aspire to be the lieutenant and was expecting it....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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William Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- Hamlet. Romeo. Othello. These men not only star in some of Shakespeare’s finest plays, but they are all classic examples of tragic heroes. A tragic hero is one who is courageous and admired but who has a tragic flaw that leads to his downfall. Othello was one of the greatest military men of the time. He was highly respected among his superiors for both his military prowess and level headed nature. This was a man who could be in the heat of a battle and would remain collected. Though this great hero also had great shortcomings....   [tags: Othello, Tragic hero, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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The Motives of a Dishonest Man: Iago in Othello

- One of the most outrageous literary vilians of all time is William Shakespeare’s Iago. Iago has been described with many words; villian, antagonist, cruel, selfish, malignant, chaotic, etc. What motivation could one have that would posses them to act in ways to be labeled as such. Are there even any motives present, or is it just the nature of the character that gives Iago his naturaly naughty personality. Many people see the main motive of Iago’s chaotic nature as the simple fact that he can do it, so he does....   [tags: Othello, characters, shakespeare, ]

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The Tragedy Of Romeo And Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, And Othello

- Causes of Tragedy in Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Othello A tragedy, as outlined in Aristotle’s Poetics, is a result of a chain of cause and effect that leads to the fall of a tragic hero from happiness and can be found in Shakespeare’s tragedies. This essay will focus on causes found in four of those tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Othello, each of which includes the fall of aristocratic or royal heroes through external forces such as familial interference, friends, acquaintances, and supernatural interference from ghosts....   [tags: Tragedy, Othello, William Shakespeare]

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The Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Character of Iago     The old cliché "One bad apple ruins the bunch" is what enters one's mind when discussing the villainous, deceitful, protagonist Iago in Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello." It is amazing how one person alone can completely destroy, or deteriorate a group of good natured, trusting, loyal peoples' lives in a matter of days- three to be exact. What is the motive behind Iago's heinous, selfish acts, one may ask. A rather obvious theme in the Shakespeare's tragedy, "Othello", is that of the many facets of jealousy, which instigate the evil-doings of protagonist, Iago....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello: the Moral and the Immoral

- Othello: the Moral and the Immoral         William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello presents a full range of both moral and immoral activities through Iago, Desdemona, Othello, Bianca, Cassio, etc.   The moral and immoral dimension of Othello, especially the latter, is enhanced simply by its location in Italy. Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar in “The Engaging Qualities of Othello” comment on how the exotic setting of this play satisfied the Elizabethan dramatist’s dream of portraying evil:   Elizabethan dramatists were fond of portraying characters of consummate evil, and if they could lay the scenes in Italy, all the better, because the literature and legend of the day were...   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Morally Good and Bad in Othello

- The Morally Good and Bad in Othello        William Shakespeare’s drama Othello is one concentrated contest between the forces of the morally good and the morally bad. Let us analyze this contest in detail in this essay.   Standing out like a dark silhouette on a white background is the sinister character and master of deception in the drama – the general’s ancient. Morton W. Bloomfield and Robert C. Elliott  in Great Plays: Sophocles to Brecht highlight the dominant evil force in the play, Iago:   For critics, the chief problem in the play is the character of Iago....   [tags: Othello essays]

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