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Racism in Othello

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

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Gender Roles and Racism in Othello

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

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Othello – Racism Expressed in Words

- Othello –  Racism Expressed in Words         The Bard of Avon’s tragic play Othello expresses racism; there is no doubt about this among most critics. However, to what degree – to a vulgar extent. Or to an excusable level.   In her book, Everybody’s Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies, Maynard Mack comments on the audience’s reaction to the black-white union in the play:   That a beautiful Venetian girl should fall in love with “a veritable negro” seemed to many implausible, in fact “monstrous.” The words are Coleridge’s, but the sentiment was widely shared and, on the nineteenth-century stage, was increasingly taken into account by “orientalizing” the hero, making hi...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello: Racism

- Othello: Racism        Just how serious is the problem of racial prejudice in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. Is it pervasive or incidental. This essay intends to answer questions on this subject. Blanche Coles in Shakespeare’s Four Giants maintains that the racial discrimination in the play may be overstated by critics: In the first scene, Roderigo has referred to Othello as “thick lips.” No other character in the play attributes any such negroid features to Othello, and it should be remembered that Roderigo has a half-insane prejudice against and hatred for Othello....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Racism in Othello

- The Racism in Othello         Throughout the duration of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, there is a steady stream of racism. It is originating from not one, but rather several characters in the play. In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his dislike, rather hatred, for the general Othello for his having chosen Michael Cassio for the lieutenancy, he contrives a plan to partially avenge himself (“I follow him to serve my turn upon him”), with Roderigo’s assistance, by alerting Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, to the fact of his daughter’s elopement with Othello....   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]

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Exposing Racism in William Shakespeare’s Othello

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

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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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Othello, By William Shakespeare

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

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Racism in Othello by William Shakespeare

- Firstly, Othello’s race and the racism around him ruined his marriage with Desdemona. Othello and Desdemona was a good couple, but you know what they say, all good things must come to an end. Almost everybody had a problem with their relationship. In that time, interracial relationships and marriage wasn’t allowed. While Brabantio was sleeping, Iago and Roderigo woke him up out of his sleep saying that Othello was having sex with his daughter Desdemona at that very moment. Brabantio didn’t believe them at first, but when he found out that they were telling the truth and his white daughter was with “the Moor” Othello, he didn’t take it lightly....   [tags: moor, cheating, murder]

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Racism in Othello by William Shakespeare

- Have you ever thought about how much Othello’s race and the racism around him affected his life. Othello struggled a lot during the play because of his dark skin color. He was called several racist names like “the Moor,” “old black ram,” “Barbary horse,” and “thick lips” (Shakespeare 1.1.40; 1.1.88; 1.1.111; 1.1.66).The term “racism” has been around for several years; it started in the twentieth century (Bartels 433). By the way the Elizabethan era viewed black people was similar to how racism is today with all of the racial comments, and stereotypes....   [tags: skin color, desdemona, race, ]

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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: Shakespeare, sociological analysis]

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Racism and Interracial Marriage in Othello

- Racism and Interracial Marriage in Othello Othello: The Moor of Venice is probably Shakespeare's most controversial play. Throughout this work, there is a clear theme of racism, a racism that has become commonplace in Venetian society which rejects the marriage of Othello and Desdemona as anathema. The text expresses racism throughout the play within the language transaction of the dialogue to question the societal ethos established by Othello, thereby making him nothing less than a cultural "other." Furthermore, the character of Desdemona is displayed as mad, or out of her wits, for marrying such an "other," and the audience sees her slip from an angelic state of purity to that of a tai...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello: A Covert Discussion on Racism

- The issue of race is one filled with controversy and passion, even today in the twenty-first centaury. In today’s day and age it is more shuttle and underground then it was in its most recent ‘hay-day’. In our time today we see it as more of a shameful, offensive and intolerant thing, but it was the norm in the early 15th and 16th century. Today those people that are outwardly racist are seen as outcasts. In this essay I will tempt to show how even though it was the norm in Victorian England, Shakespeare already had another mind set, and was trying in this creative way that the mind set of the people was not correct even for that time....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Racism and Jealousy in Othello

- Racism and Jealousy in Othello The theme of racism is strongly depicted in William Shakespeare's Othello. It depicts the attitude of European society towards those that were different in colour, race and language. In Europe, people of white complexion were the majority and all other races were considered to be less important and inferior.      There are several characters in this play that portray this mentality. These characters include Brabantio, Roderigo and Emilia. But by far, the face of racism in this play is that of Iago, who makes his intentions crystal clear in his soliloquy where he states I hate the Moor, (I, iii, 379)....   [tags: Shakespeare Othello Iago Essays]

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Racism in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Racism in William Shakespeare's Othello The play, Othello, is certainly, in part, the tragedy of racism. Examples of racism are common throughout the dialog. This racism is directed toward Othello, a brave soldier from Africa and currently supreme commander of the Venetian army. Nearly every character uses a racial slur to insult Othello at one point in the play. Even Emilia sinks to the level of insulting Othello based on the color of his skin. The character that most commonly makes racist remarks in Othello is Iago....   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

- Racism has always been a prevalent social force in European society; it is a lens through which every person living within has an altered view of the world around them. In literature, this topic has been widely explored, but few works provide as bold and as insightful commentary on the role of race as relative to the time period in which they were written as Shakespeare’s play “Othello.” In this tragic drama, the powerful racism hanging over the Venetian State in the 16th century contributes to the deteriorating self image of Othello, leading him to enact his own tragic downfall....   [tags: Othello, Race, Racism, White people]

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Racism in William Shakespeare’s Othello

- Racism in William Shakespeare’s Othello   In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello racism is featured throughout, not only by Iago in his despicable animalistic remarks about Othello’s marriage, but also by other characters. Let us in this essay analyze the racial references and their degrees of implicit racism. Racism persists from the opening scene till the closing scene in this play. In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne comments on the racism inherent in the final act of the drama: When Othello finally kills himself and says he is killing the ‘turbaned Turk’ who ‘beat a Venetian and traduced the state’ (V, ii, 349-50), he is killing the monster he became...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- In Shakespeare’s Othello conflict arises regularly, which is started solely because of the color of Othello’s skin. Othello has large overtone of racism, mainly revolving around an inter-racial marriage. Almost all of the characters in Othello constantly point out the fact that Othello is a person of color. Because he is a person of color he is treated far differently than his peers and it causes the play to move in a much different direction. Iago turns Othello into an outcast my using his race to make everyone see him as an savage....   [tags: Othello, Race, Racism, Human skin color]

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Analysis Of ' Othello ' And ' Un Capitano Mor '

- Rosa Parks once stated, “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” Hundreds of years before racism would be blatant, the story of Othello became popular based on the story, “Un Capitano Mor” by a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. This brilliantly concocted writing surrounds four characters: Othello, a tragic general in the Venetian army; his beloved wife, Desdemona; his devoted lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted but ultimately unfaithful assistant, Iago....   [tags: Racism, Race, African American, Othello]

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Racism in Shakespeare's Othello

- Racism in Othello        Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Literary Remains is just one of the essays that presents an attack on Shakespeare for his lack of realism in the 'monstrous' depiction of a marriage between a 'beautiful Venetian girl,' and a 'veritable negro,' in Othello. He sees Shakespeare's transformation of a 'barbarous negro' into a respected soldier and nobleman of stature as 'ignorant', since at the time, 'negroes were not known except as slaves.' (Appendix) The extract seems to raise two questions - how central is the taboo of miscegeny to the play, and to what extent is Othello's reputation able to counter this prejudice....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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William Shakespeare 's A Racist Or Not

- For many years, people have been keen in associating Shakespearean plays with racial prejudices, perhaps to determine whether Shakespeare was a racist or not. Shakespeare’s use of characters of color, for instance, has raised controversies and even curiosity on what role does race contributes in his plays. It should be noted that racism or the belief that one’s race is superior to another is already observed in 16th century Europe. It was during this time when Europeans become increasingly engaged with people of different racial origins, especially with the dark skinned people of the East....   [tags: Othello, Racism, Moors, Race]

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What Way Would A Modern Audience React To The Way Race And Racism Is Portrayed In 'Othello'?

- In the Sixteenth century, as we see clearly from Othello and other works of both Shakespeare and Cinthio's original version of Othello, race was a topic of great debate and discussion. Today, in the twenty-first century the debate retains its controversy and passion. However, attitudes towards race have taken a dramatic turn during the last century. In the developed world people are now living in an increasingly cosmopolitan society would undoubtedly be more tolerant and would reject or even be offended by racial discrimination to any person or sections of the community....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Othello, by William Shakespeare

- During the time of Othello, racism was an accepted part of public life. People of color were accused of crimes and constantly blamed for society’s problems. In a time period when ethnic minorities were unimportant and merely ignored, a black man named Othello rises, and has a position as a general who is trusted and respected by his white leaders. Shakespeare’s representation of Othello in the book was revolutionary. Othello was the perfect example of power, which was not a normal presentation of African Americans....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Racism]

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Examing the Interracial Marriage of Othello and Desdemona

- Centuries ago in Elizabethan England there were many traditions about marriage and the treatment of women. One strong tradition of these times was the practice of marriage between races. Interracial marriages were considered extremely taboo. (High Beam). In this era marriages were arranged by the parents with strong help from the local church. The individuals had little choice as to who they would marry. (Elizabethan England Life). Yet another example of these traditions was the respectable treatment of women....   [tags: Elizabethan England, racism, Shakespeare]

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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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Movie, O Cannot Compare to Shakespeare's Othello

- In the production “O” the main character’s position in society does not truly capture the same importance as it did in Othello. The life of a war leader seems much more influential than that of a basketball star’s life in high school. The drama that comes with being on the high school basketball team lacks the responsibility that Othello has. Othello has a well-known reputation for being able to handle himself in many situations emotionally and physically, which may be the reason the Duke of Venice chose him individually to lead the war in the foreign land of Cyprus....   [tags: war, basketball, racism]

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Shakespeare 's Othello : The Downfall Of The Moor Othello

- William Shakespeare’s Othello follows the downfall of the Moor Othello and those associated with him. Othello’s ensign, Iago, causes the demise of Othello as payback for not being chosen as Othello’s lieutenant. Shakespeare makes Iago a puppeteer in a sense so that he may control those around him without getting caught, up until his own demise. Through the manipulation of the people around him, and Othello’s emotions and insecurities, Iago manages to completely destroy the lives of Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo, Emilia, and everyone affected by the innocent deaths....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, Iago, Envy]

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Analysis of Othello's Speech

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

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The 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 Valiant Moor Othello's Downfall

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

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Racism - Racism Destroys Self Identity

- Racism Destroys Self-Identity A society consists of different cultures with people of diverse looks, values, and beliefs. In a world with one predominant culture, those perceived as different from the norm are associated with negative images, treated inferior to the superior culture. The negative images associated with color, specifically blackness, has a detrimental effect on the victims who are racially stereotyped. The character of Othello is a unique character in English literature, because unlike the other members of society, Othello was an outsider in Venice, a black man living in a white world, marrying a white woman, and leading white men as a soldier....   [tags: Race, White people, Black people, Racism]

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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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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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The Tragedy Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- The Tragedy of Othello “Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It 's a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated.”- Alveda King Although most people will tell themselves that race is not an issue, the truth always is staring them straight in the eye. The fundamental crime is a flawed belief that some people are above others and deserve to look down on those different. In the play The Tragedy of Othello, William Shakespeare uses symbolism, imagery, and characters to illustrate the prejudice and racism which surrounds different ethnicities and its effects on society....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Roderigo]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello And The Tempest

- Matters of the heart have always been a theme within Williams Shakespeare’s plays. Elements of love, lust, and heartbreak have had major in his writings. Examples of this includes “Pericles”, “Cymbeline”, “The Winter’s Tale”, “The Tempest” and most notoriously “Romeo and Juliet”. As seen in several of Shakespeare’s plays, what effects two individuals in a relationship can also have an effect on others on a broader scale. The romance and tragic demise of Othello and Desdemona is a prime example of how both external and internal problems such as racism, issues in the bedroom, objectification, and infidelity can put strain on a marriage....   [tags: Marriage, Othello, Virginity, Wife]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- In the play “Othello” by William Shakespeare love, jealousy, and conspiracy defined the tone of the play. Desdemona’s beauty makes two men fall desperate in love with her, but their differences make Othello the tragic hero of the play and Iago the despicable villain. Othello is a "tragic hero" because of his self-centered nature and his gullibility. Othello also has a noble stature and a high position in his culture. Othello is great and an honest solder but not perfect He also allows himself to be manipulated by other people for instance, Iago instead of trusting his own heart Othello easily believe other people or his friends....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Love]

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Othello, The Remake Of The Cinthio 's Tale

- Shakespeare, Othello is the remake of the Cinthio’s tale Hecatommithi in 1603. Shakespeare keeps many of the Cinthio’s tales but a few change to make the tragedy appealing to his audience. The Othello themes are similar to the original of jealousy, love, honor and race. Shakespeare alteration to create Othello is to show the social problems that was a face in the Victorian age. Shakespeare expanding different themes in Cinthio’s tale, he creates complex character and the problems by interracial marriage....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Brabantio]

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Jealousy By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- Jealousy In Othello Jealousy brings out the worst in people and that is particularly true with leaders, given their far-reaching authority and influence. When jealousy arises, leaders lose focus, respect, and their leadership abilities suffer as do their organization skills. These negative aspects of jealousy are present in Shakespeare’s tragic hero Othello, and was the cause of his ultimate downfall. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, jealousy is a central theme and tragic flaw possessed by the main characters Iago, Othello, and Roderigo....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Jealousy]

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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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A Play of Love Turned Bad: Shakespeare's Othello

- Shakespeare’s famous play Othello is a play of love that has turned bad by the unfounded jealousy of the protagonist character Othello. Arguably the contribution of Othello’s susceptibility to manipulation, his weaknesses and the manipulation of other characters tactics such as Iago each contribute to the downfall of Othello. However, to the extent of which each is more significant varies and this is what will be analysed in this essay. Like many of Shakespeare’s tragic plays each has to have a tragic hero....   [tags: love, othello, shakespeare, ]

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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- The tragedy "Othello" by William Shakespeare is a story based upon the tragic end of Othello and Desdemona’s marriage. Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army is provoked into killing Desdemona; his beloved wife because of Iago a villain and Othello’s ancient has been feeding him lies about his wife. Iago tells Othello that his wife does not love him, that she will find another, and that she is having an affair with Cassio; his loyal lieutenant. The Moor is so easily convinced that all this is true without any sufficient evidence....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Black people]

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Adapting Shakespeare´s Othello to Present Time

- It’s nearly impossible for the culture that was common in the 1600’s to be the same as it is now in 2014. We all know that the world has changed and adapted since the 1600’s. Isn’t it obvious. The Tragedy of Othello, a play by William Shakespeare, was written in the early 1600’s. If it were written in 21st century America, the issue of apparent racism would change due to cultural adaptations and history that America has gone through. The U.S. has seen about two hundred years of slavery and an even longer period of firm racism....   [tags: Racism, Society, Play]

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The Issue of Race in Othello

- The Issue of Race in Othello   In his production of Othello for BBC television (1981), Jonathan Miller asserted that Othello's race does not greatly impact his downfall in the play.  He maintains that while Shakespeare touches upon the issue of race, the cause of Othello's demise lies elsewhere.1  However, the implications of race in the play directly lead to its tragic ending; it is this issue that impels the characters to set the tragedy in motion.  Brabantio would never revolt against the union of Othello and Desdemona if it were not for Othello's blackness.  Roderigo could never be motivated to pursue Desdemona were it not for his belief that their relationship is unnatural.  By far t...   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Jealousy of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Jealously of Iago in Othello      Iago's crimes define pathological jealousy and a sheer desire for revenge. His acts are pre-meditated and have reasons. In various soliloquies, he reveals grudges that, while mostly false or overblown, present themselves as clear to Iago. Iago masters duplicity, even remarking himself "I am not what I am." (line 67) Many of his dark motives are probably concealed from the audience. In his few soliloquies, he presents definitive motives for his vengeful desires....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello Reflects the Context and Values of its Time

- Texts and their appropriations reflect the context and values of their times. Within Shakespeare’s Othello and Geoffrey Sax’s appropriation of Othello, the evolution of the attitudes held by Elizabethan audiences and those held by contemporary audiences can be seen through the context of the female coupled with the context of racism. The role of the female has developed from being submissive and “obedient” in the Elizabethan era to being independent and liberated within the contemporary setting....   [tags: Othello, Context, Values, shakespeare, feminism,]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello, The Moor Of Venice

- Ben Jonson, an English playwright of the seventeenth century, predicted Shakespeare’s future when he said, “He was not at an age, but for all time!” in the preface to the First Folio (Why Study Shakespeare?). That is easy to understand why Ben said so. Shakespeare is a well-known English playwright, who possesses a huge treasure of literature, including excellent dramas, comedies, romances, and tragedies. His pieces of work such as Romeo And Juliet; King Lear; The Winter’s Tale; Othello, the Moor of Venice; Twelfth Night; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and so many others are not only known by his brilliant manipulation of scenes, characters, and language, but also their humanity meanings in life....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Iago, Marriage]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello, The Moor Of Venice

- Ben Jonson, an English playwright of the Seventeenth Century, predicted Shakespeare’s future when he said, “He was not at an age, but for all time!” in the preface to the First Folio (Why Study Shakespeare?). That is easy to understand why Ben said so. Shakespeare, is an well-known English playwright, who possesses a huge treasure of literature including excellent dramas, comedies, romances, and tragedies. His pieces of work such as Romeo And Juliet; King Lear; The Winter’s Tale; Othello, the Moor of Venice; Twelfth Night; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and so many others are not only known by his brilliant manipulation of scenes, characters, and language, but also their humanity meanings in life...   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Iago, Marriage]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello And Titus Andronicus

- There is something about Shakespeare that entices people to feel venomous towards his work. When reading or viewing adaptations of his work, the audience is compulsively drawn into the story. Especially in his early works, Shakespeare is blatant with violence, which is disturbing to the audience. Yet, the audience is entranced even more as they try to find out how Shakespeare creates his plays to be so tyrannical. Shakespeare is an effective playwright because of one simple fact: he is a tyrant....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Moors, Iago]

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Animality and Beauty in Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello - Animality and Beauty  At the most superficial level, the view of Shakespeare’s Othello as ‘animality and darkness’ in opposition to ‘beauty and light’ seems justified if the audience considers the 'motiveless malignity' of Iago against the pure, seemingly perfect union of Othello and Desdemona. This assumes that the 'animality and darkness' is to be found in the villain and the beauty and light in the love of the tragic hero and heroine as well as in the latter's physical beauty. There is ample textual evidence for this most basic of views, most effectively demonstrated in an early conversation between Iago and Othello's lieutenant , Cassio, by all accounts an honourable gentle...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Animality and Darkness in Othello

- Animality and Darkness in Othello   An initial reading of Othello would suggest that animality and darkness are indeed in opposition to beauty and light. This view is affirmed by looking at the language and actions of Iago, 'Though I do hate him as I do hell-pains' in contrast to Desdemona, (or even the early Othello),'Not to pick bad from bad, but by bad mend.' Animality and darkness can be clearly seen in the character and more specifically the language of Iago. From the very opening of the play, curses and language which intone hate fall easily from his lips....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Character Analysis of Othello

- Character Analysis of Othello “Othello” is a tragedy and Othello is a tragic hero. Othello is a general in the service of Venice. He is good, courageous, brave and trustworthy. However he has some weaknesses such as insecurity; he is too open, naïve, and gullible, Iago plays on his weaknesses which brings about his downfall and he kills himself. This causes the suffering of innocent people like Desdemona, Emilia, Cassio and Roderigo. The audience also feel pity for Othello and this creates a sense of wastage at the end....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Essays Othello]

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William Shakespeare's Othello as a Victim

- William Shakespeare's Othello as a Victim Not All Works Cited Included In "Othello" Shakespeare shows that Othello is victimised in many ways, for instance; his race, his culture, his social position and naïve. Othello's victimisation could also show Shakespeare's meaning of the term "tragedy". In other Shakespearean tragedies the lead character is shown as cunning, ruthless and manipulative, more similar to Iago than Othello. This could represent a change in Shakespeare's opinion of a true Shakespearean tragedy....   [tags: Papers William Shakespeare Othello Essays]

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Race in Five Film Versions of Shakespeare's Othello

- William Shakespeare's Othello is only moderately interested in questions of race and racism. For Shakespeare, Othello's blackness was mainly a plot device. Though the bard did demonstrate concerns about racial and religious prejudice, in Othello and The Merchant of Venice, his interest in the tragedy of the Moor was principally psychological. For Shakespeare and his contemporary audience, Othello was about jealousy, hatred, and vindictiveness. The play has aged well, as have all Shakespeare's plays, but not, perhaps, in the ways Shakespeare's contemporaries would have predicted....   [tags: Othello 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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Othello, By William Shakespeare

- Othello is a brilliant work brought forth to us by the one and only William Shakespeare. This work has been highly regarded for centuries; however how has it remained so popular and relevant after such a long amount of time. That is because Shakespeare incorporates many timeless issues such as racism, love, betrayal and jealousy. The real question though is which one of these issues played the biggest role in keeping this play relevant throughout the course of time. I believe that it is the most classic theme ever to develop in writing, love....   [tags: Othello, Love, Iago, Tragedy]

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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

- William Shakespeare is a brilliant, English writer who is famous all over the world even today. He was born on 26 April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He is a poet, actor and also a play writer. Shakespeare wrote many plays, and some of them are considered as the finest works in English language. Othello is one of the greatest tragedies written by Shakespeare in 1603. This play revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his beloved wife, Desdemona; his loyal lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted but ultimately unfaithful ensign, Iago....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Michael Cassio]

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The Tragic Hero Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare’s “Othello” is a clear representation of the downfall of a tragic hero. Set in Venice and Cyprus during the 16th century, Othello, a moor, deals with the manipulative actions of a general of the Venetian army, Iago. Due to losing his desired position of being Othello’s lieutenant to another solider Cassio, he plots is revenge in deviousness. Othello becomes persuaded by Iago 's rumors, framing, and miscommunications, causing him to kill Desdemona, his believed unfaithful wife....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Tragic hero, Iago]

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Condemnation of Prejudice in Shakespeare's Othello

- Shakespeare’s Condemnation of Prejudice in Othello      American history is a cornucopia of racial tension, beginning with the slave trade and spanning the centuries to the Ku Klux Klan and to the days of Martin Luther King. There is evidence that racial prejudice was just as prevalent in sixteenth century England as in modern day America. Othello can be seen as Shakespeare’s condemnation of racial prejudice. The character of Iago uses racial stereotypes both to disparage Othello and to plant the seeds of jealousy in him....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Impact of Race in Othello

- Impact of Race in Othello One of the major issues in Shakespeare's Othello is the impact of the race of the main character, Othello. His skin color is non-white, usually portrayed as African although some productions portray him as an Arabian. Othello is referred to by his name only seventeen times in the play. He is referred to as "The Moor" fifty-eight times. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) states that a Moor is "Any individual of the swarthy races of Africa or Asia which have adopted the Mohammedan religion....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Othello by Shakespeare

- Many centuries have passed and almost everything has changed except one and that is discrimination . Discrimination is everywhere in the world, whether it is of caste, creed or color but it exists. It varies from place to place, country to country and from civilization to civilization but it exists. There are so many laws to stop it. But, it exists and it will exist no matter how hard we try to abolish it until there are a majority and a minority of people in imp this world. In Othello there is discrimination with Othello on the basis of his color and in The Importance of Being Earnest there is discrimination of class with Jack....   [tags: Discrimination, Literary Analysis]

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Othello and Desdemona

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

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Green Eyed Monster In William Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello is a tragic play written by an English playwright, William Shakespeare, which contains several themes: love, racism, honesty, Christian values, and reputation, just to name a few. The play takes place in Venice, but soon moves to Cyprus, which the Christians had won from the Turks. By staring en media res in the beginning of the play, Shakespeare introduces that Iago is going to seek revenge on Othello. Iago then manipulates characters’ minds and feelings so he can achieve his goal, which he eventually fails....   [tags: Shakespeare Othello]

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The Polysemic Nature Of The Play Othello

- The polysemic nature of the play Othello enables a myriad of interpretation and perspectives take explained and accepted. This is evident through the various critics and films that have all interpreted Othello in different yet plausible ways. Issues such as racism, sexism, jealousy and love have been frequently noted in the play allowing Shakespeare to convey how he felt about his society at the time. Applying these matters to his works, not only has he expressed his views on the society, he has also allowed us to grasp what it was like during that period of time....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Comparing Othello and The Great Gatsby

- All tragedies eventually end in chaos; however, Othello and The Great Gatsby both begin with innocent characters thinking little about the possibility of disarray. During the climax of both works it becomes evident that the idea of order is doomed, inevitably leading to a bounding spiral of problems. The Great Gatsby and Othello both end in chaos because the protagonists, Othello and Gatsby are outsiders entering an ordered society. The actions of many characters cause confusion in the storyline, and the chaos in both works gradually impact the downfall of every character....   [tags: compare/contrast]

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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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Analysis of Othello's Racial Context

- William Shakespeare’s Othello gains fame for its thematic conflict between appearance and reality, Iago’s motiveless malignity, and the downfall of Othello when he naively believes Desdemona’s without any substantial proof. While all these factors are important, the historical aspects of Othello are even more important for they are the foundation of the more complex concepts the play explores. The context in which the play is written has underlying distinctions between races. Race plays a huge role in Othello because it sets boundaries that cause the tragic hero’s downfall....   [tags: Shakespeare plays]

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Othello

- Othello by William Shakespeare is a play about a black general who is alone in being black. No one else in either Venice or Cyprus is from Africa as the Moorish Othello is. In fact, with such a high position in the Venetian military, Othello appears to fit right into the role as general; his race is almost of an invisible quality. His race seems invisible because his nobility and the respect others have for him transcend the mistreatment that he might receive in being so physically different. However, this play is not free of racism or noticing race and its connotations....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare]

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Doubt in Shakespeare´s Othello

- Internal and external struggles influence people to action, be it swift and daring or cunning and low. In Shakespeare's plays, the events around and within a character often combine to cause a character to act in a manner that would be considered out of character or unnatural for the person. Shakespeare uses these characters to provide the audience with a lesson or theme; to give them something they can apply to life and see learn from. In Othello, the character he uses as an example is, in fact, Othello....   [tags: rumors, lies, breakdown, noble]

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Main Themes of 'Othello'

- “How does Shakespeare introduce the main themes of the play ‘Othello’ in act one and act three scene three?” William Shakespeare was a very famous and successful playwright during the late 1500’s and early 1600’s. His plays gave a significant and momentous effect towards the Jacobean (people ruled by King James) audience. Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Warwickshire; Stratford – Upon – Avon. To continue with his career of writing, Shakespeare then moved to London with his wife, Anne Hathaway and his three children....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Different Perceptions of Othello

- Through the consideration of different perceptions of Othello I have augmented my understanding of Othello. My perceptions have changed over the changing contexts of the times. The Aristolean model is used as the template for the play and can be read in many ways such as Racist, Feminist and Post-Colonial readings. The Aristolean Model or Notion of Tragedy can be defined as “an imitation of an action that is serious, complete possessing magnitude; in embellished language;” Othello is a perfect example of an Aristolean model as it involves the tragic flaw or hamartio of Othello which is the centre of the entire play....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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The Character of Othello

- The Character of Othello As the play progresses, Othello’s character goes through many changes which happen as a result of him falling victim to Iago’s evil schemes. At first he is introduced as an army general who is respected for what he does but still discriminated against for being black. Othello is a victim to racism throughout the play. He is often referred to as “the Moor” even by his beloved Desdemona and is also called by more offensive terms. Iago uses animal imagery in referring to Othello as an “old black ram”....   [tags: Papers]

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Examining Othello and Desdemonda, An Interracial Marriage

- Centuries ago in Elizabethan England there were many traditions about marriage and the treatment of women. In Shakespeare's Othello these traditions can be used to examine the play in a historical context. One strong tradition of these times was the practice of marriage between races. Interracial marriages were considered extremely taboo. (High Beam). In this era marriages were arranged by the parents with strong help from the local church. The individuals had little choice as to who they would marry....   [tags: Shakespeare, Elizabethan England]

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The Fatality of the Couple in The Great Gatsby and Othello

- Romance and Tragedy, two themes becoming one, which delightfully compliment one another. In many romantic tragedy’s there is a past theme, which is laid out, so that the downfall is always due to an excess of love or passion and the couples are doomed down by some impediment. I will be examining the Fatality of the couple in two romantic tragedies, Shakespeare’s Othello, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Researchers have long assumed that the reasoning for the fatality of the couple is due to the era of time which the story takes place, for Instance, one eminent scholar Martin Orkin assumed in "Othello and the 'Plain Face' of Racism”, his seminal work on Race in Othello, which stat...   [tags: compare/contrast]

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Tragic Hero in Othello by William Shakespeare

- To analysis this play, one should first look into the playwright, William Shakespeare, and see if he has tendencies to certain styles or genres. Shakespeare wrote about thirty-seven plays during his lifetime. Amanda Mabillard explained, “However, no one can know for certain because of the inexact documentation at the time the plays were first being organized and published” (para. 1). This meant that many of his plays might had been lost or forgotten. Of the thirty-seven plays he wrote ten tragedies, seventeen comedies, and ten histories....   [tags: tragic spectable, genres, styles]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello - Othello Black And Hell Motifs

- By: Saidivij Othello Black and Hell Motifs Othello is a book filled with countless metaphors and opposites referring to dark themes. Shakespeare certainly included various descriptions of black people in Othello. Many of these motifs are combined with clever metaphors and other literary devices. Motifs in Act 1 are mainly the representations of black and with Iago connecting to all. The motif of black is a big theme the characters are always mentioning. Othello is a black character in a white dominated society....   [tags: White people, Race, Black people, Miscegenation]

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William Shakespeare's Othello

- What are some of the first themes that come to mind when thinking of Othello. Perhaps a theme that comes to mind is treachery, exploitation, envy, or even racism. What about love versus war. What about the fact that Othello was a soldier who was not able to balance his war love with his love life. Othello is a military general who has a long experience of war as well as a long experience of victories. He has spent most of his life defending Venice due to his strong will, his love for the city, and for his hate of defeat....   [tags: them analysis]

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The Jealousy Begins/Othello

- This play is filled with many emotions and feelings. There were four main flaws that lead to the tragedy of Othello and the others in this play; racism, love, betrayal, but it was jealousy that played a major part. It can destroy many relationships and take over the mind tremendously. Jealousy can also be overwhelming; by making one obsessed with ideas. They all fall victim to jealousy; it makes them act outside of their norm. I will talk about the he five main characters of this play and they are all encased with jealousy in their own way....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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Comparing Shakespeare's "Othello" and Nelson's "O"

- William Shakespeare’s Othello & Tim Blake Nelson’s “O” each demonstrate the issues of their respective contexts through the chosen mediums of both composers. Shakespeare’s Othello uses the medium of theatre to present ideas such as jealousy, appearance versus reality and racism through a variety of literary techniques while also encompassing the conventions of a classic Shakespearean tragedy. These ideas remain universally relevant in Blake Nelson’s modern day adaptation “O” which parallels the ideas conveyed in Othello through its cinematic techniques....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Modernism and Postmodernism in Shakespeare's Othello

- Othello teaches us much about our current postmodern culture. The play connects to our ideas of sexism, male-bonding, racism and capitalism. Shakespeare uses these universal and timeless flaws in humanity along with our use of language and truth to tell his tale. Iago, over a period of about three days, uses these facets of humanity to turn Othello against his wife Desdemona and his friend Cassio. Othello reveals both the struggle of the British people of the early 1600's and Americans in the late 1900's with sexism, capitalism and racism....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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