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Shakespeare 's Othello - Iago 's Image

- ... Shakespeare enables the reader to view the motives of Iago in this monologue, “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse; for I mine own gained knowledge should profane if I would time expend with such a snipe, but for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor; and it is thought abroad that twixt my sheets he’s done my office. I know not if’t be true; but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety. He holds me well” (Bevington, 2014, Act 1, Scene 3, 384-91). Iago expresses in this thought that he is accustomed to preying on the weak and foolish therefore believing he is intelligently superior....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Brabantio]

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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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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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Iago By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespeare 's Othello could seem like he has good motives, but I feel that he uses them as his excuses. The first thing in Iago 's motives. Iago is the most controversial character in Othello. He is able to keep his true thoughts and motives from everyone. Iago pretends to have so many motives that they seem more like excuses. Iago then uses these excuses to justify his actions, which are pure evil. Iago has motives and actions that cause even moreover his actions. Iago is not looking for justification that causes him to act the way he does....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Love]

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Iago By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespear’s play “Othello” offers a precise explanation; Iago is a hateful, havoc seeking manipulator who holds several motives behind destroying several lives. From the beginning of the play, the reader is captivated by Iago’s character of a villain. In the beginning of the play it is revealed to the reader through the conversation between Iago and Rodriguez that Iago loathes Othello because he was not assigned the position of Lieutenant. However, it seems as the story progresses, more factors come into play regarding his hate towards Othello....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, William Shakespeare]

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Iago Of Othello

- Iago of "Othello" What makes a good villain. What qualities make one villain stand out from another. Is it their demeanor, ruthlessness, or the methods that they employ to accomplish their tasks. In any case, a great villain must leave the reader with a respect for their methods and a question about their motives. In Shakespeare's Othello, there is one character in Iago that fulfills all of these qualifications. Iago is a wonderful villain because he gains other's trust, relentlessly takes advantage of his peers' flaws, and unapologetically causes the deaths of his counterparts in order to achieve his goals....   [tags: Character Analysis Othello Iago Shakespeare]

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Iago 's Subconscious Motive Of Shakespeare 's Othello

- Iago’s Subconscious Motive Iago, the antagonist of Shakespeare’s work, Othello, is often considered purely evil or sociopathic. At first glance, Iago appears to be a static, two-dimensional villain, but he is much more. Shakespeare, renown for his awareness of the human condition, leaves many important aspects of Iago’s life up to interpretation. In published works and critical interpretations, Iago is commonly attached to a myriad of mental illnesses and personality disorders. Because it seems that Iago’s life revolves around Othello and Desdemona, it is understandable how people may suggest that Iago is in love with Othello, or that he is a psychopath with no true motives....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Love, Maslow's hierarchy of needs]

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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello William Shakespeare, born: 1564 died: 1616, is considered one of the greatest writers who has ever lived. He had a unique way of putting things into words. All of his plays, sonnets, and poems have gotten great recognition. But when Shakespeare wrote Othello he created one of the most controversial villains of all times; Iago. He is best described as disturbing, ruthless, and amoral. No other character can even come close to his evil (Iago: The 1). Iago, in the play Othello, is a very intriguing villain....   [tags: William shakespeare Othello Iago Essays]

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The Character of Iago from Othello

- The Character of Iago from Othello The character of Iago is crucial for the play, and its essence has often been presented as ‘the evil taking a human form.’ What is important to any attempt to understand this play is the mechanism that makes the action moving forward. If this is ‘the force of evil’, represented in the character of Iago, this gives him the most relevant role, the power to forward the entire course of the play in certain direction. A number of fortunate circumstances helps his plot, and even in the most dangerous moments everything seems to fit his plans....   [tags: Othello William Shakespeare Iago Plays Essays]

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Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello Who is Iago. Iago poisons people's thoughts, creating ideas in their heads without implicating himself. His first victim is Roderigo. Roderigo remarks, "That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse as if the strings were thine." [Act I, Scene I, Line 2] Throughout the play, Iago leads Roderigo, professing that ". . . I do hate [the Moor] as I do Hell pains." [Act I, Scene I, Line 152] He tells Roderigo to "Put money in thy purse" [Act I, Scene III, Line 328] so that he can win Desdemona with gifts....   [tags: Iago 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: 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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Iago's Mind in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago's Mind in William Shakespeare's Othello In Shakespeare’s play Othello, the character of Iago takes on the role of a person warped within his own thoughts and feelings. Although people today have the benefit of psychology, back in the 1600s people with severe psychological disorders were left un-medicated and free to roam as citizens of society. Although Iago would have benefited from medication of today, in his mind he was the best, even though his own imagination got the better of him and fed his own misguided mentality....   [tags: Iago Psychology Shakespeare Othello Essays]

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Analysis of Othello's Iago, The Perfect Villain

- How does one create the perfect villain for a story. What qualities are needed in such a character. A good place to start when constructing a villain is to look at William Shakespeare’s villain in Othello, a man called Iago. Iago is wonderfully devious. Throughout the play, he not only poisons Othello’s vision of Desdemona, he does this with no one, excepting Roderigo, the wiser. There are several reasons that make Iago such a terrifying villain. Shakespeare gave certain qualities to his creation that made Iago more than just a evil character....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello]

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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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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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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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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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Iago 's Lack Of Promotion

- If Iago is evil personified, cite specific incidents that help us to see and explore his physiological deviousness. Do you believe that Iago’s lack of promotion is the main cause for his deviousness, or is that just a reason for Iago to act the way he does. Since the publication of Othello by Shakespeare, in 1622, there have been many other simplifications of it published, however all staying on the original story. But there’s gotten to be some of controversy over many parts of the book, and relates to what the rest of the essay will discuss. “The theme of sacrifice is prevalent throughout all of Shakespeare’s writings, and is embodied as sacrifice for the greater good, sacrifice...   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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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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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago

- Othello’s Iago         We find in William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello an example of personified evil. He is the general’s ancient, Iago, and he wreaks havoc and destruction on all those under his influence.   Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar in “The Engaging Qualities of Othello” comment on how the character of Iago is the wholly expected type of villain for an Elizabethan audience:    Iago at once captures the attention of the spectator. He is the personification of the villain that Elizabethans had come to expect from Italian short stories and from Machiavellian commentary....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago, By William Shakespeare

- ... this Iago now declares his hatred of the pair, and intimates his willingness to join Roderigo in an attempt to harass Othello, and if not too late, to prevent his marriage. (Mabillard) Iago has to make Cassio do something to disgrace his leader, Othello, so he comes up with a plan. Iago and Cassio are at a celebration for arriving to Cyprus, as well as Roderigo and Montano. Iago decides it will be a good idea to get Cassio drunk. Iago knows that this is the perfect plan to make Cassio disgrace Othello....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Jealousy, Love]

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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 - Iago and Othello

- Iago and Othello          In Shakespeare's Othello, the character Iago, Othello's lieutenant, is the cause of all the tragedy which comes to pass as the play progresses. Iago is the antagonist of the play, but rather than being the direct opponent to the tragic hero, Iago is a manipulator, opposing Othello not directly but through other characters whom he tricks into acting for him. In the first scene of the play, Iago gives the audience warning that he is not all that he seems when he says, "I am not what I am." (I,i,65) He is first seen in this scene appearing to help Roderigo, a suitor to Desdemona, who has run off with Othello, the Moorish general of the Venician army....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- In Shakespeare 's Othello, Iago persuades Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful by manipulating multiple characters in the play. Iago is a very crafty character who succeeds in using the power of language to carry out his plans without revealing his true intentions to other characters. In the play, Iago puts the seed of jealousy and suspicion in Othello’s mind by playing with everybody’s emotion. In the process, he ends up causing the death of all major characters, including the protagonist. Iago’s scheme starts off when Cassio was given a higher position as lieutenant....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Brabantio]

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Shakespeare 's Iago As A Particular Of Symbolic Art

- Evil Epitomized: Analyzing Shakespeare’s Iago as a Particular of Symbolic Art Tough to break into, the mindset of a sociopath often mesmerizes and intrigues the faint of heart. Shrouded in myth and mystery, people who lack consciences appear difficult to understand. Often, they simply fall into the category of “evil.” Though the term lacks foresight and explanations for cause and effect, it can add layers of meaning to any subject which it labels. As William Shakespeare employs Iago as a particular for the universal of evil in his tragedy Othello, he cleverly parallels fictional tragedy with the calamities that strike the innocent all too often in real life....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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Iago 's Climax Of Power

- ... When Othello hears about an affair, he immediately thinks it is about Desdemona. The more Cassio talks and laughs, the madder Othello becomes. It seems that Othello takes the laughing as if Cassio was laughing at him. It would seem as if this event could not have occurred without Iago constantly putting the idea of the affair into Othello’s head. If Othello were to overhear this conversation in general, Othello may have not missed the mention of Bianca’s name and therefore Othello would not have become so enraged....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Michael Cassio]

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Iago, The Moor Of Venice

- Iago, the Villian “Othello, the Moor of Venice” by William Shakespeare is an iconic play that seems to hold its relevancy, no matter how many years go by. The personalities of Othello, Cassio, and Desdemona stand the test of time, and can be seen in people still today. These are regular people who love, get hurt, and can be overcome with jealousy. However, Iago is a man that is impulsive, vindictive, and lacks empathy, making him evil in the purest form. Although Iago may seem overcome with jealousy, his narcissism prevents him from feeling anything causing him to lash out and destroy others....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Villain, William Shakespeare]

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Is Iago An Amoral Character?

- ... Throughout the play, Iago’s amorality is seen and shown through his own actions. These actions, though, resemble the characteristics of a psychopath. Managing to fit in with major psychopathic traits, including lack of empathy, pathological lying, conning and manipulative, glib and superficial charm. Psychopaths being glib and having superficial charm, they have a tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile. A psychopath never becomes lost for words or gets tongue-tied, exactly as Iago’s character presented....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Antisocial personality disorder]

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Othello And Othello By William Shakespeare

- Othello and Iago are diverse in their characters and in their colors. It could be said additionally, notwithstanding, that they are comparative because of their untrustworthiness. Iago is overcome with his longing for vengeance to such a degree that he places it vigorously. Othello 's adoration and possessiveness of Desdemona assume control him until he in the long run would rather murder her than permit any other person to have her. In this way, despite their differentiations, Iago and Othello both speak to the furthest point of the same thing - human emotion....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Brabantio]

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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 Othello By William Shakespeare

- In the play “The Tragedy of Othello” by Willian Shakespeare, Othello Changes from an intelligent and confident person to a senseless and insecure person. This change in his personality occurs mainly because: Iago plans to ruin his relationship with Desdemona, he was an Outsider, he had bad judgement when it came to trusting people and failed to see reality, his negative thinking about himself and his relationship with Desdemona. Iago is a very strategic and clever person, and he despises Othello because Othello appointed Cassio as a lieutenant over Iago....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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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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Iago, By William Shakespeare

- The Maniacal Puppeteer Of all the characters in Shakespeare 's literature, Iago is the most innately evil antagonist created. Although Shakespeare’s other antagonists show reasoning behind their actions, Iago lacks any type of motive. In the tragedy, Othello, by William Shakespeare, Iago, the manipulative antagonist plays the role of a master puppeteer who successfully creates chaos and disorder throughout the entire play with no motives behind them. Early on, Iago is seen by the other characters as an honest and trustworthy ensign....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Narcissism]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- Cruel Iago Alfred Lord Tennyson once said, “A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies”, implying that when a lie has somewhat of a truth to it, it could be more damaging than a lie without truth to it. Lies are part of everyone 's human nature, some lies are not meant to hurt people but other lies do, even if they are only half lies. In William Shakespeare 's play “Othello”, the character Iago is no different than people to this day that have this human nature trait, but in his case he uses it to hurt people....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Othello]

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Othello 's Downfall Of Othello

- ... (II.i.144-46) Because Desdemona is dissatisfied with the descriptions Iago gives of women and his failure to compliment her directly, she calls for him to compliment her indirectly. Believing herself to be better than the average woman, she asks him to praise a woman painted in the most ideal light. To praise this fictitious woman would flatter her own self-image, without forcing Iago to directly praise her. As Julian Rice explains, Desdemona needs Iago to define her in order to protect her pride and to “reassure herself that she does not resemble the universal woman which Iago describes” (Rice)....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, 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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Symbols Of Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... In other words, there would be eternal punishment for Desdemona if she did not still possess the handkerchief. When Othello saw it in the hands of Cassio, it changed from a symbol of marriage and love to a symbol of unfaithfulness and betrayal to him. The handkerchief then became important evidence to Othello to prove that Desdemona was having an affair with Cassio. Before Othello murdered Desdemona he told her, “That handkerchief which I so loved and gave / thee, / Thou gav’st to Cassio” (V.ii.48) which expressed how hurt he felt when he thought she gave something so symbolic away....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Marriage, Love]

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Othello Desdemona By William Shakespeare

- In Shakespeare 's Othello, Desdemona is Othello’s loyal wife. Desdemona has a high status due to her father being a Venetian senator and she’s also married to the general Othello. No matter what Othello did to her, whether it was calling her vulgar names or hitting her, she never blamed her husband. No matter what her husband does she always forgive her husband. With the situation of Othello being blinded by jealousy and not treating his wife well, Desdemona should be pitied rather than be admired....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Marriage]

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Shakespeare's Othello - The Character of Iago

- The Character of Iago      In Othello, by William Shakespeare, one of the most intriguing characters is Iago. At first glance he seems to be pure evil, but I think his actions are much more complex. Through thought-out words and actions Iago is able to manipulate others to do things that benefit him and move him closer to his goals. This character is consumed with envy and deceit that leads to theft and killing. Iago is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and the other characters towards their tragic endings....   [tags: Othello essays]

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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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The Female Characters Of Shakespeare 's Othello

- According to Elizabethan or Shakespeare 's society built upon Renaissance beliefs, it was believed that women do not speak, they do not have a voice because they are taught to respect the beliefs of society more than themselves. Patriarchal rule proved women 's subordination as the natural order because women were thought to be inferior to men in the Elizabethan society. In Shakespeare’s Othello this belief is represented through the three female characters in this play, Othello’s wife Desdemona, Iago’s wife Emilia and Cassio’s mistress Bianca....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Marriage, Love]

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Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- ... This is interesting in itself because their position in a male-dominated cast of characters reflects their position in their male-dominated society, with the gender disparity reiterating the idea that the amount of influence women are able to exert is limited because their voices cannot and thus do not carry as much weight. However, it is also important to recognize that the three women are situated on three very different rungs of the social hierarchy. Desdemona, as a fêted general’s wife, enjoys certain privileges that Emilia, her attendant, necessarily cannot, whilst Bianca is – allegedly – a courtesan in a society that considers feminine wiles to be vile....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... When reading the lines of Iago, readers can carefully observe that he has a way of exaggerating to make the innocent situation sound so atrocious. Iago when talking to Othello, would exaggerate the many of the scenes in order to convince him of the affair between Desdemona. "In sleep I heard him say, Sweet Desdemona, let us be wary, let us hide our love; and then, sir, would he grip and wring my hand, cry, O sweet creature. then kiss me hard" (Act III, Scene III, Lines 419-422). He fuels up Othello 's emotional side which produces anger and jealousy through this disparaging details from Iago 's mouth....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Brabantio]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... Iago gives advice on jealousy to Othello, but not taking his advice into consideration for himself. The jealousy Othello has, drives him to murder Desdemona. Thomas Rymer, an Othello critic, states that for Iago “to get abet [Desdemona’s] murder shows nothing of a soldier, nothing of a man, nothing of nature in it” (207). Iago is ruining his display of a respected person with jealousy. Additionally, the narrator shows Othello’s envious character through his horrifying actions. Othello becomes outraged when Iago shares with him that his wife might be cheating on him....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Envy, Jealousy]

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- 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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Shakespeare's Othello - Troubled Iago

- Troubled Iago       Unquestionably the most perfidious character within the cast of Shakespeare’s Othello is the cunning Iago. He spends his life, it would seem, taking revenge on the general and destroying nearly everyone around himself. Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” elaborates on Iago’s exact function and place in the play: . . . Iago ruins Othello by insinuating into his mind the question, ‘How do you know?’ The tragic experience with which this play is concerned is loss of faith, and Iago is the instrument to bring Othello to this crisis of his being....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... By trying to have Roderigo tell instead of him doing it himself in sake of his reputation is an example of his selfishness trait. Eventually Iago manipulates Roderigo to his death bed. Iago has Roderigo doing all of his dirty deeds such as fighting Cassio and leaving Roderigo dead. Iago also passes on his wicked virus to Brabantio. As said before Iago knows everyone’s flaws and how to cause their downfall. Iago knows that Desdemona is Brabantio’s precious daughter and that Brabantio is protective over her....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... He seems racist towards Othello but still respects him. Iago takes advantage of this situation by referring to Othello’s skin tone and where he comes from. Roderigo and Iago go to Brabantio’s house in Act 1 Scene 1 to “Rouse him. Make after him, Poison his delight, Proclaim him in the streets. Incense her kinsmen,” (1.1.70-71) which means to make him unhappy and spread rumors about him. They finally arrive at his house and Iago tells him “I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.” (1.1.120-121) He also uses animalistic terms to describe Othello in unflattering ways: “an old black ram” (1.1.91) and “Barbary horse” (1.1.116)....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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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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Iago 's Strategic Acts Of Character Manipulation

- ... Roderigo states: “I have no great devotion to the deed/And yet he hath given my satisfying reasons./ „Tis but a man gone. Forth, my sword: he dies” (V.i. 8-10). Evidently, gullible Roderigo falls for Iago‟s mendacity and attempts to kill Cassio. Ultimately, Iago chooses to kill Roderigo.Iago mercilessly states: “I have rubbed this young quat almost to the sense,/And he grows angry/ May unfold me to himthere stand I in much peril. /No, he must die. But so, I hear him coming” (V.i. 11-23). This portrays how Iagoruthlesslytakes advantage of foolish Roderigo for his own needs and disposes him once his value is used up....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Deception, Michael Cassio]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... According to James, Iago promises Desdemona to him, he aids in bringing about the catastrophe and earns a well-deserved violent death, ironically inflicted by Iago. By him telling Roderigo this is sparks everything for him and makes him believe that everything being told to him is true. Second, Iago knows Roderigo 's strengths well enough to know what he can do to keep his plan in action no matter what. Roderigo 's generous ways helps Iago because he knows that if he asks Roderigo to do something that it will happen....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... Othello is surely not naturally evil. In fact, he is quite eloquent, particularly in his speech. His aggression lies on the battlefield, his compassion in the arms of Desdemona, his friendship in the company of his most trusted men. He humbles himself before the Duke, “Rude am I in my speech,/ And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace” (I,ii,81-81) likely because he is aware of his difference from the Venetians and wishes not to give anyone more reason to discriminate against him. Othello earns sympathy by his tale of triumph....   [tags: Love, Othello, Iago, Tragedy]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... Lodovico tells Othello that because of this murder, “You shall close prisoner rest, till that the nature of your fault be known to the Venetian state.” By being scared of being mocked at for being a cuckold, he loses one of the most important things to him: his reputation of being “valiant”. He could have made rational decisions such as to allow Desdemona to defend herself or he could ask Cassio to bear witness, but he chose to act upon his rage and fear. Moreover, after Iago instigates Othello, Othello says, “I would have him nine years a-killing.” Othello did not realize that Cassio was beneficial to the state, and by trying to kill Cassio, Othello was indirectly harming the state, the...   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Brabantio]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... Othello’s mask will always be that of an honest man, one who works with the evidence that is presented to him by his trusted subordinates. Iago seems to be the voice of reason, but also acts as the catalyst for all of the chaos which surrounds Othello. To recap, Othello maintains his mask throughout the play, but we begin to see cracks form in it as he is corrupted by disdain. By the end of the play, his mask breaks, and he is stripped of the virtue which made him the man he once was. After wrongfully killing Desdemona he tells everyone, “speak of me as I am”....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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The Theme Of Recurring Themes Of Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... Omer and de Verona recognize that Roderigo immediately starts to explain and justify his accusations, which only angers Brabantio even more. Iago, on the other hand, responds by actually compli- menting Brabantio (1). Brabantio yells, “Thou art a villain” to which Iago responds, “You are a senator” (I. i. 115-116). The father is taken aback by this surprising comment and it causes him to step back and re-examine the situation, which eases his anger and causes him to believe the two storytellers, especially when he finds Desdemona missing from her bed chamber (Omer 1)....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- ... The other half to defining plot is recognition; Aristotle sets forth that “Recognition, as the name indicates, is a change from ignorance to knowledge, producing love or hate between the persons destined by the poet for good or bad fortune” (Aristotle 199). This is seen when the Moor realizes that he committed a horrible crime by killing his innocent wife. After understanding that Iago betrayed his trust, Othello wants to take his own life but before he does this, he tells everyone around him a final few words....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello - A Machiavellian Character

- ... make money. I’ve told you many times, and I 'll say it again and again,... lets work together and take revenge on him”(Shakespeare 71). As a result, Rodrigo foolishly gives Iaago all his money and is taken advantage of because he feels that his desires will never be accomplished. In addition, Iago also devises a plan in which Rodrigo will attack Cassio in order to strip his lieutenantship. Iago gets Cassio drunk, but when has been fully intoxicated Rodrigo takes his part and picks a fight with Cassio and runs away, aware of the repercussions of the actions that had just played out in order to accomplish his plan, such as the injuring of Montano....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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Manipulation And Lies By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- ... Iago is well aware of Othello’s ‘quick to trust’ mentality, and uses this along with the hero’s passionate means of carrying out his business to break him down. Once the thought was repeated enough to Othello that his sweet wife Desdemona had cheated on him, Othello took this to be the truth entirely and there was no looking back for this tragic hero. Othello’s flaw that Iago wished to magnetize was the way in which he had absolute trust for those around him; in the end this very concept of always believing what one hears is what brought the Moor to his death....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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Emilia Is Innocent Of Desdemona 's Death During Othello

- ... Emilia has never been disloyal to Iago. When Othello smothers Desdemona, Emilia walks in she begins to ask questions. Othello tells her what has happened, then Emilia asks Desdemona what has happened, and she blames herself. After Desdemona dies, Othello is telling Emilia what has happen and as he is explaining Emilia is begins to figure out what her husband has caused she begins to tell what had really happened telling Othello he plant it. “She give it Cassio. No, alas, I found it, And I did give’t my husband.” When Emilia shows her disloyalty and takes her mistress side and Iago kills her....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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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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Othello and Iago ? Two of a kind?

- When reading Shakespeare's “Othello the Moor of Venice”, the two main hero's seem to be very different, both in character and actions. Othello seems to be an honest man who believes other people. He is respected by society for his nobility and bravery. Iago is a villain, plotting around not only against Othello. Othello demotes him to a lower status, and despite beeing a trained soldier, Iago is quite a coward when it comes to confronting an enemy with a sword. Although these two figures seem so different, they are [much more] alike, in more than one way....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Othello By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- In many relationships, there is suspicion or distrust, but it rarely leads to such murder, hate, and suicide so contemptible as in William Shakespeare’s Othello. In the play, three innocent characters spiral downward to their deaths as the sinister Iago unravels his scheme for revenge. These three are Othello the Moor, Cassio, and Desdemona who is Othello’s faithful wife. Desdemona receives the sour end of the bargain as she has never done anything to upset Iago, but rather she is killed for loving Othello and for being a friend toward Cassio....   [tags: Othello, Love, Iago, Desdemona]

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The Ironic Interdependence of Othello and Iago

- The Ironic Interdependence of Othello and Iago At the start of Othello, Iago makes very clear to Roderigo the apparent cause for his hatred of the general. His lack of promotion to lieutenant leads him to declare: …be judge yourself, Whether I in any just term am affin'd To love the Moor. (I, i, 38-40.) FN1 As Roger Moore has pointed out in an essay accompanying this one, such a motive is not a grand-scale one, nor one which might cast Iago as the Universal Villain....   [tags: Papers]

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The Real Monster, Othello or Iago

- The Real Monster, Othello or Iago In order to decipher who is the real monster, Othello or Iago, I must first gain a suitable knowledge of what a monster is. The Oxford Paperback Dictionary and Thesaurus defines a monster to be, ‘an inhumanely wicked person.’ The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary interprets a monster as, ‘one unnaturally wicked or mischievous.’ This shows that concept of what a monster is has remained fairly constant over time. This leads me to believe that when Shakespeare was creating Othello his ideas as to what a monster was were similar to that of those today....   [tags: Papers]

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The Relationship Between Othello and Iago

- The Relationship Between Othello and Iago In this scene Iago persuades Cassio, who is on watch, to drink, knowing that he is not a drinker and that he will be easy to antagonise. Roderigo provokes Cassio into a fight and Othello, hearing the disturbance, arrives to find the nobleman Montano seriously injured. Cassio gives no explanation, Montano pleads self-defence, and say that Iago knows best, so Iago is ordered to speak, 'Iago, who began't?" This passage starts with Othello, who appears to have interrupted someone, as there is a line break....   [tags: Papers]

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How Is Iago An Intriguing Character?

- ... This shows us the dangerous compatibility of evil and intellect; Iago has a power that is, although immoral, riveting for an audience. This is because his intelligence goes far beyond a stereotypical villain 's, giving him a sense of invincibility. Iago is not your typical psychopath who inflicts pain without any rational thinking. He acts behind the scenes with a cool head, watching everything fall apart while remaining uninvolved. Iago’s warning to “beware jealousy” in the scene discussed shows us that he is aware of how jealousy destroys a human....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Michael Cassio, Othello]

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Iago, By William Shakespeare

- ... He plays on the weaknesses of other characters and uses them to his advantage, regardless of the collateral damage. Perhaps most notable is Iago’s manipulation of Roderigo. Roderigo sees Iago as the man who will help him be with the woman of his dreams, but instead; Iago plans to get rid of Roderigo as soon as he stops being useful to him. Roderigo trusts Iago so wholeheartedly that Iago easily convinces him to sell all his land and follow the army to Cyprus after his heart has been shattered by the news of Desdemona’s marriage to Othello....   [tags: Iago, Othello, William Shakespeare]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- In the tragedy Othello, by William Shakespeare, the main character, Othello, is being told many lies by a close friend which leads him to make rash decisions. Since Othello is a tragic hero, he has a flaw that he is not able to overcome and leads to his downfall. In this case, Othello’s flaw is his insecurities that enhance how easily he is able to believe that his wife is having an affair without any physical proof. The close friend, Iago, who deceits Othello engages in cruel acts to seek vengeance on Othello because he was not appointed second in command, but still decides to continue his malicious intent even after he attains this position....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Cruelty, Michael Cassio]

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William Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- Act two of the play introduces the setting of Cyprus, the area where the remainder of the play will take place and shows the stricken Desdemona, worried out of her mid for her lover who is behind schedule in his arrival. Iago soon makes his entrance and when questioned, expresses his views as to why women are deceitful and cunning in the way they act towards others as well as how they attract men. What started out as frivolous questioning soon turned into a full out debate between Iago, his wife Emilia, and Desdemona....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Emilia]

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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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Othello Was Responsible For His Downfall

- ... Iago is gaining influence over Othello after this point as Othello is becoming trusting him more. Iago is putting himself in a position of knowledge and power, and assuring Othello has no one to blame but himself for his actions. Othello lacked judgment of people which eventually led him to kill his wife. Getting into the story, we see that he is not the only player. Iago is the agent of action. He manipulated Othello and many others. Iago planted suspicion in Othello 's mind through the manipulation of situation such as the one with Cassio described above....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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From a Villain to a Victim and Back: Othello and Iago

- From a Villain to a Victim and Back: Othello and Iago Of all the complex and thought-provoking plays of William Shakespeare, Othello must be the most complicated and enticing one. Offering a plethora of three-dimensional characters and developing an intriguing plot, the play conveys the author’s idea of the battle between good and evil and offers specific, unconventional characters. Following the development of the characters, good and evil intertwine in the lead characters, Othello and Iago, which makes the choice between an ultimately negative character and a one that comprises both virtuous and unethical features complicated....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

- The beauty of Williams Shakespeare’s plays is the timelessness of the inherit themes and universal truths present in every one of his plays. Much like urban legends, myths, and folktales are passed down, Shakespeare’s plays are passed down from generation to generation. During the course of these stories getting passed down, often details may get lost or jumbled, but the theme and moral of will always remain the same. Othello is no exception, as Shakespeare’s timeless theme of jealousy and anger is as relevant now as it was early 17th century during the Elizabethan Era....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago as Good Strategician and Lucky Opportunist

- Iago - Good Strategician and Lucky Opportunist       Like with many evil personalities in history and literature the question is always asked did he really plan to make this happen or was it just luck and convenient circumstances, was it intentional or just circumstantial. To determine how good Iago really is at plotting and whether it is really his own influence or just lucky circumstances that cause events I will examine his asides, soliloquies and interaction with key characters because they give an extra insight into his character....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Comparing and Contrasting the Chiaroscuros Between Othello and Iago

- In a work of typical literature, the blackness of something represents its darkness and how evil it is, and the whiteness represents the purity and goodness of something. William Shakespeare plays with the status quo of literature in his play Othello by giving Iago, a white man who should represent purity, an evil, black heart and by giving Othello, a black man, a noble, white heart when he should represent evil. Shakespeare “founds his play on the rupture between outward signifiers and inward signifiers, between the Moor’s evil-seeming black face and his ‘perfect soul’, between his ancient’s honest-seeming white exterior and the ulcerous evil that breeds around his heart” (Calderwood 59)....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- ... Later, the same narrow-mindedness symbolism is seen from Roderigo and Iago while speaking to Brabantio, Shakespeare writes: R: Most grave Brabantio, In simple and pure soul I come to you. I: ‘Zounds, sir, you are one of those that will not serve God if the devil bid you. Because we come to do you service and you think we are ruffians, you’ll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse, You’ll have your nephews neigh to you; you’ll have Coursers for cousins and gennets for germans....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Roderigo]

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Shakespeare 's Othello - The Mechanisms Of Evil As Well As Ideas By The Jacobean Society

- ... Othello at the beginning of the play challenged the idea that black people were wild, animalistic, uncultured and evil. Othello is characterised to be the opposite through his actions and speech. This is evident when he tells Roderigo and the officers to put down their swords, "Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them." (Act 1 Scene 2) Othello is calm and his speech is eloquent, he does not fight, this challenges the racist stereotype. However as the play progresses Othello begins to show characteristics of the african stereotype....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Sociology, Christianity]

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Othello, The Status Of Women

- In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the status of women at the time, exemplified by Othello’s belief that Desdemona belongs to him, leads Othello to trust Iago more than he trusts his own wife. In many of Shakespeare’s plays, women lack social agency, and therefore their lives are run by men. Although Desdemona is a strong character, the fact that she is a woman creates room for Othello to doubt her. Othello begins to trust what Iago tells him more than he trusts Desdemona, which shows how little he trusted her in the first place....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Desdemona]

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Othello 's Insecurity Of Manhood

- Othello’s Insecurity of Manhood “Insecurity kills all that is beautiful” in Shakespeare’s O​thello​the tragedy clearly testifies to this theme as it tells the story of marriage of beauty and passion that turns to ashes all due to insecurity. More specifically, the story of Othello, a successful Black Mauritanian general of the Venetian army, tells of an interracial marriage to a White upper middle class Venetian wife, Desdemona, who is determined to make their love eternal. However, due to Othello’s decision to appoint Michael Cassio over his trusted ensign Iago, Iago tells Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with the newly appointed white lieutenant, Cassio....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Jealousy]

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