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Discrimination Against Women in Othello

- Discrimination Against Women in Othello       The Shakespearean drama Othello renders less to the female gender than it does to the male gender. All the women characters are victims – unjustly so. Let’s talk about the obvious sexism throughout the play.   Susan Snyder in “Othello: A Modern Perspective” expounds on the sexist notions typical of Venice:   The pervasive notion of woman as property, prized indeed but more as object than as person, indicates one aspect of a deep-seated sexual pathology in Venice....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Race and Loyalty in Othello

- Race and Loyalty in Othello   William Shakespeare`s Othello is centralized around the conflicts that are, for the most part, tied in with racial issues and questions of loyalty. These conflicts stem from the society that encompass the couple, as well as from the couple themselves.  Indeed the couple are entrenched in different social strata, class and ethnicity.  The female protagonist is the daughter of a highly-respected Venetian senator: Brabantio. Othello--also known as the Moor--is a foreigner, black in color, has a past filled with tragic and exotic tales and has proved himself worthy of the title General in the Venetian army....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Shakespeare has an exceptional ability to compose plays full of deceit, trickery, murderous revenge, and jealousy. In Othello, one of his most recognized tragedies was consistently evolving around the central theme of jealousy. Jealousy in Othello is what the play was founded on. One of Shakespeare's most credible characteristics in his writing is his ability to compose a play in which has a story that originates, and strides on lies. As theses lies were unraveled the central theme of his play became distinct, and clearly visible....   [tags: Othello Shakespeare]

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Morality and Destiny in Othello

- Morality and Destiny in Othello       They are questions as old as civilization itself. Does man have control over his own destiny. Is man ultimately held accountable for his actions by a higher power. Within the plays of William Shakespeare can be found such fundamental questions and conflicts of humanity, as well as situations, attitudes, and problems that continue to hold strong universal meaning to this day. During his lifetime, morality was at the forefront of society's concerns. Outstanding men such as Newton, Copernicus, Bacon, and Locke were leading great advances in science and reason, and these new ways of thinking, combined with the need for order and religious stability prov...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Themes Of William Shakespeare's Othello

- Honor, along with envy, is probably the biggest theme in Othello. It is either present or non-existent within each character in the play. Moreover, honor versus reputation is a prominent theme as well. Honor is having personal values and morals. Also, it's doing what's right no matter what the circumstances. Reputation is simply what others think of you. What others think of you is not necessarily always truthful. Iago is a perfect example that the difference between reputation and honor is like the difference between appearance and reality....   [tags: Shakespeare Othello]

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Emilia, A Heroine of Shakespeare's Othello

- Emilia, A Heroine of Shakespeare's Othello    Shakespeare, in his tragedy Othello, presents a minor character who does great things in the final act. Her character is deserving of analysis. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello,  explains the motivation of Emilia through most of the play: Emilia’s character, too, is determined by the plot. In the source, the villain’s wife is privy to the nefarious designs. Shakespeare wisely makes her, like the other characters, ignorant of Iago’s character....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello: the Abnormal Behaviors and Happenings

- Othello: the Abnormal Behaviors and Happenings         The audience finds in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello a curious collection of abnormal behaviors and happenings. In this paper let us examine in detail the abnormalities.   In her book, Everybody’s Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies, Maynard Mack defends the Moor as one who is not necessarily the victim of a psychological deficiency, as some critics maintain:   What should be noticed in particular is that, essentially, Shakespeare invented Iago; set him down in his dramatis personae with the single epithet “a villain”; and devoted most of the play’s lines and scenes to showing in detail the cunning, ma...   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Varieties of Love in Othello

- The Varieties of Love in Othello         The meaningful term “love” can be applied to differing relationships in Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. In this essay let us examine under a microscope the “love” that we find throughout the play.   David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies describes how “love” is attacked from the outset of Othello:   Daringly, Shakespeare opens this tragedy of love not with a direct and sympathetic portrayal of the lovers themselves, but with a scene of vicious insinuation about their marriage....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Numerous Themes in Othello

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

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Othello and Different Senses of Abnormal

- Othello and Different Senses of Abnormal        As inconsequential as they may initially seem, the various types of abnormalities in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello do impact upon the audience. Let us explore this subject of the deviant in this play.   In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses the abnormal attitude and plans of the ancient as manifested in his verbal imagery:   If we take all the lines of one character out of context and consider them as a unit, we have always a useful body of information; but if, when we study Iago’s lines, we find that he consistently describes himself in images of hunting and trapping, we le...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago the Conniver in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago the Conniver in Othello         If there were more than one evil presence in Shakespeare’s Othello who had the intensity of Iago, the play would be unbearably pessimistic. Let us examine the character who is unexcelled in his evil ways.   Lily B. Campbell in Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes expounds on the self-centered philosophy of Iago:   To Iago love is merely “a lust of the blood and a permission of the will”. Self-love, which is in the thinking of  Shakespeare’s day the mother of all vices, is the only love that Iago respects....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Humanity and Reason in Othello

- Humanity and Reason in Othello      In Othello Shakespeare probes deeply into the human condition by creating characters, who, by their inability to think rationally, surrender what sets them above animals. Before he succumbs to Iago's poisonous innuendoes, Othello himself expresses his clear understanding of this role of the human intellect. He initially refuses to listen to Iago's suggestions that Desdemona cannot be trusted, "Exchange me for a goat/When I shall turn the business of my soul/To such exsufflicate and blown surmises" (3.3.194-96)....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Imagery of Othello Talks

- The Imagery of Othello Talks        In the tragedy Othello Shakespeare uses imagery to talk between the lines, to set moods, to create a more dramatic impact on the mind of the audience, and for other reasons. Let’s consider the types and impact of imagery.   A surprising, zoo-like variety of animal imagery occurs throughout the play. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello, explains the conversion of Othello’s diction:   Those who have written on the imagery of the play have shown how the hold Iago has over Othello is illustrated by the language Shakespeare puts into their mouths....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello – the Unending Popularity

- Othello – the Unending Popularity         What factors within William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello can explain the undying popularity of the drama. Are such factors peculiar to the Bard. Let us take up these issues in this essay.   The ability of the audience to identify with the characters in Othello– this is of primary importance. M.H. Abrams in The Norton Anthology of English Literature attributes the dramatist’s universality to his characters as well as to the relevance of his themes:   One preliminary document in the First Folio is by Shakespeare’s great rival, critic, and opposite, Ben Jonson....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Character of Iago of Shakespeare's Othello

- Perhaps the most sinister of all characters ever created by the Bard of Avon is in his tragedy Othello. It is Iago – the cause of everyone’s problems in the play. Let us focus a strong light on his character in this essay. David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies enlightens us on the ancient: Iago’s machinations yield him both “sport” and “profit” (1.3.387); that is, he enjoys his evildoing, although he is also driven by a motive. This Vice-like behavior inhuman garb creates a restless sense of a dark metaphysical reality lying behind his visible exterior....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Pitied Desdemona

- Othello and Pitied Desdemona         William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello sees the destruction of two very beautiful people because of a sinister intervention by a third. The most beautiful of all is the lovely and irreproachable Desdemona. Let us in this essay consider her character.   In her book, Everybody’s Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies, Maynard Mack comments on the heroine’s final song:   Desdemona, preparing for bed on the night that will be her last, remembers her mother’s maid “called Barbary”:   She was in love, and he she loved proved mad And did forsake her....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello – the Universal Appeal

- Othello – the Universal Appeal         For 400 years the audience has found William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello to be relevant to their lives and tastes. Why. What enduring qualities does the play possess in order to ensure its continuing success.   Does the reason lie in the great heterogeneity of characters and scenes and actions within the play?  Robert B. Heilman in “The Role We Give Shakespeare” relates the universality of Shakespeare to the “innumerableness of the parts”:   But the Shakespeare completeness appears graspable and possessable to many men at odds with each other, because of the innumerableness of the parts: these parts we may consider incompletenesses, partial...   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Abnormal and Unusual in Othello

- The Abnormal and Unusual in Othello       In how many Shakespearean tragedies is there a noble hero will falls into an epileptic seizure – as we find in Othello. Let us consider some of the more abnormal occurrences in the drama.   In Act 4 the evil Iago works up Othello into a frenzy regarding the missing kerchief. The resultant illogical, senseless raving by the general is a prelude to an epileptic seizure or entranced state:   Lie with her. lie on her. – We say lie on her when they belie her....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Treatment of Women throughout Othello

- Treatment of Women throughout Othello        Lamentably, sexism raises its ugly head even in such an unquestionably great tragedy as William Shakespeare’s Othello.  Let us pursue a study of the problem in this essay.    In William Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Paul A. Jorgensen describes the sexist “brothel scene” in Othello:   The “brothel scene” (4.2), sadistically cruel because in it he talks to Desdemona as to a whore, is yet full of tearful agony and even ardent tenderness. It redeems him in his wish that heaven were trying him with affliction – a theologically saving belief; and it opens momentarily his heart when he sees his worst affliction – without which he could bear the o...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago's Motivation in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago's Motivation in Othello      Iago is a "moral pyromaniac."  Harold C. Goddard writes that Iago consciously and unconsciously seeks to destroy the lives of others, especially others with high moral standards (Goddard 76).  However, Iago is more than just a "moral pyromaniac," he is a moral pyromaniac whose fire is fueled by pure hatred.  He is a hungry powermonger whose appetite for destruction can only be satisfied after he has chewed up and spat out the lives of others.  Iago lusts for power, but his sense of power is attained by manipulating and annihilating others in a cruel and unusual way.  Iago prepares and ignites his victims and then watches, with an e...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Loving Desdemona

- Loving Desdemona         William Shakespeare, in his tragic drama Othello, creates a most exquisite character in the person of Desdemona. Her many virtues clearly require that she be given detailed consideration by every Christian member of the audience.   David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies describes the depth of virtue within this tragic heroine:   We believe her [Desdemona] when she says that she does not even know what it means to be unfaithful; the word “whore” is not in her vocabulary....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Repentant Lieutenant in Othello

- The Repentant Lieutenant in Othello        Othello, a William Shakespeare classic, sees the attempted ruination of the general’s right-hand man on more than one occasion by the insidious and jealous ancient. Let’s achieve a better understanding of the lieutenant’s case in this paper.   Cassio’s biggest fall is with the Iago-schemed incident of inebriation. In The Riverside Shakespeare Frank Kermode explains the total meaning of the loss which Cassio’s drunkenness cost him:   Cassio, cashiered, thinks he has lost what Othello is soon really to lose, his reputation: “I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial” (II.iii.263-64)....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello and Uncontrolled Jealousy

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

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Othello and Love and Self-love

- Othello and Love and Self-love        Within the William Shakespeare tragedy Othello we find a full spectrum of loves and self-loves. Let’s put these under the microscope in this essay.   In the volume Shakespeare and Tragedy John Bayley explains the love and self-love in the play:   A sentimental response to the play is in some sense in league with love, the love to which Desdemona consecrates her soul and fortunes. No doubt in loving Othello with her we are also loving ourselves; but that may be no bad thing, indeed a necessary one, for a kind of self-love – among other things what his reputation means to Cassio – is at the basis of all honour and decency....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello – where Imagery Abounds

- Othello – where Imagery Abounds         The playwright William Shakespeare included plentiful imagery in the tragedy Othello. In this essay we shall analyze and comment on what is offered in the play.   H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, discusses the influence of the imagery of the play:   It has indeed been suggested that the logic of events in the play and of Othello’s relation to them implies Othello’s damnation, and that the implication is pressed home with particular power in the imagery....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Cassio, the Lieutenant, in Othello

- Cassio, the Lieutenant, in Othello      Michael Cassio, the lieutenant who supposedly stole away Iago’s coveted promotion in Shakespeare’s Othello, is a strange sort of character. He shows great appreciation of other people; he is radiant with truth and honor; and yet he patronizes a prostitute, Bianca. This essay will delve into the character of Cassio.   Blanche Coles in Shakespeare’s Four Giants comments on the character of Cassio:   In a casual reading of Othello, it may seem that the character of Cassio is not sufficiently well drawn, because, for reasons connected with his portrayal of Iago, Shakespeare delays the full characterization of Cassio until almost the end of the pl...   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Admirable Lieutenant in Othello

- Othello, William Shakespeare’s moving tragedy, gives the audience a number of victims, one of whom is Cassio. But this rugged guy keeps recovering and coming back to enter the fray. Let’s talk about him in detail. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello, explains the ins and outs of Cassio’s personality: Cassio is defined partly by the exigencies of the plot, which require him to have a poor head for drinking and to have a mistress; but his chivalric worship of Desdemona, his affectionate admiration for Othello, which enable him even at the end to call him ‘Dear General” and to speak of his greatness in heart, and his professional reputation, which only Iago impug...   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Lost Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Lost Iago in Othello         In Shakespeare’s Othello the sinister nature of the ancient casts a pall of uneasiness over the narrative of the play. How can the evil influence of one character be so pervasive. Let us in this essay probe his character and find answers to our questions.   In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne exposes Iago’s inability to praise women when Desdemona asks him how he would do it:   Iago’s worry that he cannot do what Desdemona asks implies that his dispraise of women was candid and easily produced, while the praise requires labour and inspiration from a source beyond himself....   [tags: Othello essays]

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A Feminist Perspective of Othello

- A Feminist Perspective of Othello      Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello closes the final scene of the last act with the spiritual superiority of the heroine firmly established over that of the hero. This is one of many aspects regarding the feminine perspective on the drama, the subject of this essay. A.C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the violence against the heroine as a “sin against the canons of art”: To some readers, again, parts of Othello appear shocking or even horrible....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Besieged Lieutenant in Othello

- In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, the audience finds a victim who is beset by Iago more than once, but who recovers in both cases – Cassio. He is the sole survivor among the main characters. In his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, A. C. Bradley rejects the ancient’s accusation that Cassio is an inexperienced soldier: That Cassio, again, was an interloper and a mere closet-student without experience of war is incredible, considering first that Othello chose him for lieutenant, and secondly that the Senate appointed him to succeed Othello in command at Cyprus; and we have direct evidence that part of Iago’s statement is a lie, for Desdemona happens to mention that C...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Imagery within the Tragedy Othello

- Imagery within the Tragedy Othello         The grand variety of imagery in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello serves many purposes. Let us in this paper consider the types and purposes of the imagery.   In her book, Everybody’s Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies, Maynard Mack comments on the imagery of darkness and how it supports the evil schemes of the ancient:   Just now, however, as we listen to his plans evolve, the darkness seems chiefly to be Iago’s element....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Morality and Immorality in Othello

- Morality and Immorality in Othello       William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello presents to the audience a picture of many different shades of morality and immorality. It is the purpose of this essay to elaborate in detail on this thesis.   Roderigo’s opening lines to Iago in Act 1 Scene 1 take us to the very root of the problem:        Tush. never tell me; I take it much unkindly      That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse      As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Good and Bad in Othello

- Good and Bad in Othello         A huge battle between good and evil is waged the William Shakespeare’s drama Othello. In this essay let us study the many facets of these two dimensions as presented through the words and actions of the characters.   Can the protagonist, who has committed a double killing in the last scene, be saved. In William Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Paul A. Jorgensen discusses the theology of the final scene:   It is better not to look too anxiously into the theology of the outcome....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago’s Manipulation of Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello

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

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The Ignorant Emilia in Othello

- For a long time, I have felt that Emilia could not possibly have been unaware that the handkerchief which was dropped by Desdemona and picked up by her (Emilia) was the same handkerchief the loss of which was the occasion of Othello's wrath and Desdemona's distress. The excerpts below will explain why (I have capitalized "handkerchief" because in this context we are talking, not about a handkerchief, but about The Handkerchief). Why would Shakespeare have given us so much indication that Emilia knew very well, and all the time, that the handkerchief she "found by fortune" was the same one that occasioned Othello's abuse of Desdemona....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Innocence vs. Immorality in Othello

- Innocence vs. Immorality in Othello        In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello we find a wide array of moral and immoral conduct, a full range of life’s goodness and badness. Let us in this paper examine the specific types of each, and how they affect the outcome.   In Shakespeare’s Four Giants Blanche Coles comments on the lack of veracity in Iago’s speech:   The story that Iago tells Roderigo about the promotion of Cassio over him is not true, although it has been accepted by many discriminating scholars....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Role of Women in Othello

- Role of Women in Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello, the wife of the protagonist, Desdemona, is the main female character. Secondly, there is the ancient’s wife, Emilia, who is morally ambivalent. Thirdly, there is the girlfriend of Michael Cassio, Bianca, who makes her appearance later in the drama. This essay will analyze the roles of these three women.   At the outset of the play Iago persuades the rejected suitor of Desdemona, Roderigo, to accompany him to the home of Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, in the middle of the night....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Evil Iago of Shakespeare's Othello

-     Can any other character of Shakespeare’s match the evil intent always present within the action of the Moor’s ancient, Iago. I seriously doubt it. Let us examine his sinister person in detail. First of all, Iago’s very words paint him for what he is. Robert Di Yanni in “Character Revealed Through Dialogue” states that the evil antagonist reveals his character quite plainly through his speech: Iago’s language reveals his coarseness; he crudely reduces sexual love to animal copulation. It also shows his ability to make things happen: he has infuriated Brabantio....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello: the Concept of Love

- Othello: the Concept of Love         There are a variety of loves that exist between the different characters in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. The most pure love, of course, is that of Desdemona for Othello. Let us in this essay examine the full range of “loves” available for the audience in this play.   Blanche Coles in Shakespeare’s Four Giants elaborates on the deep, pure love shared by the tragic hero and heroine of the drama:   The Senate scene should be studied carefully in order to reach an adequate appreciation of the frankly declared love of these newly wedded people....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Abnormal Aspect of Othello

- The Abnormal Aspect of Othello        Let us in this essay discuss the abnormal outlook on life found in Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. Is a distorted view on life expressed only by the villain.   Iago is generally recognized as the one character possessing and operating by abnormal psychology. But Lily B. Campbell in Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes tells of the time when the hero himself approached “madness”:   Othello himself cries:   thou hast set me on the rack. I swear ‘t is better to be much abus’d Than but to know a little....   [tags: Othello essays]

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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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Shakespeare's Othello - Character Development of Iago, Desdemona and Othello

- Character Development of Iago, Desdemona and Othello   The three characters of Iago, Desdemona and Othello are gradually revealed to the audience as Act One unfolds. All three are linked to one another and talk to and about each other. Their characters unfold through their interaction with others and how they behave in isolation. The first impression formed of Iago comes from what Roderigo says. Being gullible, Roderigo has given Iago his purse. A character who accepts an offer like this is likely to be of doubtful reputation....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Villainous Iago of Shakespeare's Othello

- Villainous Iago of Othello            Who can compare in depth of evil to the villainous Iago in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. His villainy is incomparably destructive on all of those around him.   Iago’s very language reveals the level at which his evil mind works. Francis Ferguson in “Two Worldviews Echo Each Other” describes the types of base, loathsome imagery used by the antagonist Iago when he “slips his mask aside” while awakening Brabantio:   Iago is letting loose the wicked passion inside him, as he does from time to time throughout the play, when he slips his mask aside....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Human Frailty in Othello

- Human Frailty in Othello     Tragedy is an intrinsically human concept; tragic heroes are damned by what they themselves do. Othello is not so much felled by the actions of Iago, but by a quality all people possess-- human frailty. Accordingly, Othello is not a victim of consequences, but an active participant in his downfall. He is not merely a vehicle for the machinations of Iago; he had free agency. Othello's deficiencies are: an insecure grasp of Venetian social values; lack of critical intelligence, self-knowledge, and faith in his wife; and finally, insecurity-- these are the qualities that lead to his own downfall....   [tags: Othello essays]

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

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

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Iago’s Use of Rhetorical Strategies to Manipulate Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello

- Iago’s Use of Rhetorical Strategies to Manipulate Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello Rhetorical strategies are continually used to get a point across or to manipulate another. Iago uses many devices to put false accusations into Othello’s head. In lines 330-447 in Act 3 scene 3, Iago uses rhetorical question, imagery, and sarcasm. He questions Othello and makes him think the worst between Cassio and Desdemona, and then his use of words adds color and a picture, so it has to be right. Last his sarcasm creates the assurances Othello needed to be duped....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello’s Universality of Appeal

- Othello’s Universality of Appeal         The Shakespearean play Othello has enjoyed popularity on the stage and in print for 400 years. What are the features which enhance this quality among readers. And what detracts.   Does the playwright’s use of “double time” contribute to its universality of appeal. In The Riverside Shakespeare Frank Kermode explains the advantages of “double time” to Shakespeare:   “Double time” is a classical topic of Othello criticism; one of its uses is to remind us that the play, more largely considered, is characterized by a kind of imaginative duplicity....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello

- Jealousy in Othello Shakespeare is well for his ability to compose plays full of deceit, revenge, and jealousy. Othello, one of Shakespeare’s most recognized tragedies, was consistently evolving around the central theme of jealousy. As these lies are unraveled the central theme of his play became distinct, and clearly visible. Furthermore the theme of jealousy goes hand in hand with love, as often is the case in real life. Love consumes all those who take part in it, and in Othello's case his flaws lie in his loving Desdemona so blindly....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iconoclasm and Iconophilia in Othello

- Iconnoclasm and Iconophilia in Othello In his book War Against the Idols, Carlos Eire argues that iconoclastic resistance to the Medieval Catholic Church began with the gentle scolding of Erasmus and ended as the "shibboleth" of radical Calvinism.1 The use of images in religious instruction and practice was one of the major points of dispute between Protestant reformers and Catholic counter-reformers. Iconoclasm was certainly not confined to radical Calvinism; Anglican reformers, especially those who had spent time in continental Europe as exiles (like John Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury), quickly raised the issue in their country, which had its own unique history of religious reform....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello – its Appeal

- Othello – its Appeal        Let us examine the William Shakespeare drama Othello for the purpose of determining exactly what characteristics of the play are the outstanding ones which give it such universal appeal.   Othello would appear to have a beauty about it which is hard to match. Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” touches on this beauty which enables this play to stand above the other tragedies of the Bard:   Among the tragedies of Shakespeare Othello is supreme in one quality: beauty....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Honest Betrayal in Othello

- Honest Betrayal in Othello Iago's honest betrayal has left Othello pondering over Desdemona's faithfulness. Believing the words of his most honest ancient, Othello gullibly succumbs to his insinuations of his wife, Desdemona, as being unfaithful. Through Othello's soliloquy, he is not the self-confident General formerly portrayed as. Instead, his indecision over his wife's infidelity has caused him to explore his flaws as a human being, showing signs of appearance versus reality. Othello Citation: This fellow's of exceeding honesty, And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit, Of human dealings....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello: an Extraordinary Person

- Othello: an Extraordinary Person        The Bard of Avon has created an exceptional person in the character of General Othello in the tragedy Othello. Let us in this essay examine in detail the multi-faceted personality of this doomed hero.   Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” talks of the hero’s exceptional personal qualities:   Othello is like a hero of the ancient world in that he is not a man like us, but a man recognized as extraordinary. He seems born to do great deeds and live in legend....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello, the Image Machine

- Othello, the Image Machine         Shakespeare’s drama Othello presents a full panoply of diverse imagery that cannot be described briefly. Let’s spend some attention on this subject which has so many examples in the play.   Alvin Kernan’s “Othello: an Introduction” explains how the “symbolic geography” imagery of the play create a particular image of space and time:   We can begin to see this pattern in the “symbolic geography” of the play. Every play, or work of art, creates its own particular image of space and time, its own symbolic world....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello: Discrimination Against Women

- Othello: the Discrimination Against Women       Yes, even in Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello there is considerable sexism.  Let us root out and analyze instances of obvious sexism in this play.   Even the noble general yielded to the sexist remarks and insinuations of his ancient, thus developing a reprehensible attitude toward his lovely and faithful wife. Angela Pitt in “Women in Shakespeare’s Tragedies” comments on the Moor’s sexist treatment of Desdemona:   Desdemona has, therefore, some quite serious faults as a wife, including a will of her own, which was evident even before she was married....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello’s Diversity of Imagery

- Othello’s Diversity of Imagery        The diverse imagery found in Shakespeare’s drama Othello represents a world all by itself. And this world of imagery contributes to the prevailing sentiment of pain and suffering and unpleasantness.   There is no shortage of imagery in the play; this is for certain. Critic Caroline Spurgeon in “Shakespeare’s Imagery and What it Tells Us” sorts through the plethora of imagery in the play:   The main image in Othello is that of animals in action, preying upon one another, mischievous, lascivious, cruel or suffering, and through these, the general sense of pain and unpleasantness is much increased and kept constantly before us....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Gender Bias in Othello

- Gender Bias in Othello          Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello is an unfortunate example of gender bias, of sexism which takes advantage of women. The three women characters in the drama are all, in their own ways, victims of men’s skewed attitudes regarding women. Let us delve into this topic in this essay.   Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine comment in the Introduction to Shakespeare: Othello that sexism is a big factor  in the play:   At this point in our civilization the play’s fascination and its horror may be greater than ever before because we have been made so very sensitive to the issues of race, class, and gender that are woven into the texture of Othello....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello: the Feminine Perspective

-     Othello, Shakespeare’s tragic drama, has much to say about women and the attitudes of social groups and individuals towards them. Let’s examine, from the top down, from the general to the lower ranks, these outlooks on women and other feminine considerations. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello, explains the Moor’s blind ignorance of his won wife: Iago begins his temptation on the following morning, and he is able to exploit Othello’s comparative ignorance of his wife....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Heroic Virtue in Othello

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

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Misinterpretation of Reality in Othello by William Shakespeare

- Misinterpretation of Reality in Othello      Othello, by William Shakespeare, is a mix of love, sexual passion and the deadly power of jealousy. Shakespeare has created an erotic thriller based on a human emotion that people are all familiar with.  There is an extraordinary fusion of characters' with different passions in Othello. Every character is motivated by a different desire.  Shakespeare mesmerizes the reader by manipulating his characters abilities to perceive and discern what is happening in reality.  It is this misinterpretation of reality that leads to the erroneous perceptions that each character holds....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Feminine Roles in Othello

- Feminine Roles in Othello         A variety of roles have women in them in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. Let us in this essay examine the female characters and their roles.   One key role for the heroine of the drama, Desdemona, is to support the general. David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies enlightens us about the hero’s dependence on Desdemona:   Othello’s most tortured speeches (3.4.57-77, 4.2.49-66) reveal the extent to which he equates the seemingly betraying woman he has so depended on for happiness with his own mother, who gave Othello’s father a handkerchief and threatened him with loss of her love if he should lose it....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Feminine Perspective within Othello

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

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Iago as the Representation of Evil in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago as the Representation of Evil in Othello In Shakespeare's, Othello, the reader is presented the classic battle between the deceitful forces of evil and the innocence of good. It is these forces of evil that ultimately lead to the breakdown of Othello, a noble Venetian moor, well known by the people of Venice as an honorable soldier and a worthy leader. Othello's breakdown results in the murder of his wife Desdemona. Desdemona is representative of the good in nature. Good can be defined as forgiving, honest, innocent and unsuspecting....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Free Othello Essays: Women as Victims in Othello

- Women as Victims in Othello Othello is a play that only contains three female characters. Their roles vary and it would be an exaggeration to categorize them all as victims. However, there are similarities between the three women. [1] The least involved woman in Othello is Bianca[2]. Her relationship with Cassio does not appear to be full of commitment.          "What keep a week away. Seven days and nights?"  It could be argued that Cassio used Bianca somewhat.[3] The manner in which he asks for a favor creates an impression that he is experienced at sweet-talking her....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Feminine Roles in Othello

- Feminine Roles in Othello        A variety of roles have women in them in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. Let us in this essay examine the female characters and their roles.   One key role for the heroine of the drama, Desdemona, is to support the general. David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies states the hero’s dependence on Desdemona:   Othello’s most tortured speeches (3.4.57-77, 4.2.49-66) reveal the extent to which he equates the seemingly betraying woman he has so depended on for happiness with his own mother, who gave Othello’s father a handkerchief and threatened him with loss of her love if he should lose it....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Ominous Evil in Othello

- Ominous Evil in Othello       In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello the presence of ominous evil is present in the play from opening scene to closing scene. Let us discuss this concept of evil as manifested in the drama.   H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, addresses the character of the general’s ancient:   With such a man everything is food for his malice. There is no appeasing him. His ego feeds upon the misfortunes he contrives for others, and what he feeds on only makes him hungrier....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Non-masculine Roles in Othello

- Non-masculine Roles in Othello        In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello the three women characters have interesting roles. Through the dialogue and action other roles are stated or implied as applying to women.   In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne presents Desdemona’s reaction to Iago’s verbal expressions concerning women’s role as sexual objects:   Iago instead claims that four different kinds of women are sexually wanton: either their beauty or intelligence help them to bed, or their ugliness or foolishness get them there anyway....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Free Essays - Consequences of Passion in Othello

- Consequences of Passion in Othello Being too passionate about something or someone, can sometimes over ride one's good judgement. Too much passion can bring about ever-lasting consequences and regrets. When put into a tense, specific situation, you usually wont make wise choices. You wont stop and think, "what is going on" or "what is the right thing to do" but instead, we let our emotions take over. For instance, in the play Othello, Othello is passionately in love with his wife and when he hears a disturbing rumor about her, instead of thinking over what he heard or if it is true, he let his jealousy take over his actions....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Love in Othello

- Love in Othello However strong the emotional attitude of prejudices may be in Othello, Love is the most powerful emotion and ironically the emotion that leads to the most vulnerability. Loves of all kinds are tested in the tragedy and ultimately all fail to rectify the horrible situation. Marital love for Othello and Desdemona serve as both a heaven and a hell on earth. As Othello portrays by saying, If I were now to die 'Twere now to be most happy; for I fear My soul hath her content so absolute That not another comfort like unto Succeeds in unknown fate....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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The Role of Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello

- The Role of Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello In Othello’s society only men made decisions. Thus, in Othello, the title character and other male characters drive the plot, leaving the women to deal with the consequences. Desdemona’s role in the play shows the way the male-dominated society treats women. Desdemona and Othello have just eloped at the beginning of the play. The first run-in with Desdemona is with her father, Brabantio. He asks her about her duties as a daughter, and she responds saying her duty as a wife now supercedes her former place....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago in Othello     In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello we see a morally depraved character, perhaps a very mentally sick individual, named Iago. His personality and development during the play is the subject of this essay. In Shakespeare’s Four Giants Blanche Coles comments on the mental illness that appears to afflict the despicable Iago: When such old time critics as H. N. Hudson, who wrote nearly a hundred years ago, saw that Iago was not acting from revenge, one is more than surprised to find modern critics, who have had the advantage of the progress that has been made in the study of abnormal psychology, accepting Iago for anything but what he is, and what Shakespeare i...   [tags: Othello essays]

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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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The Complex Character of Iago of Shakespeare's Othello

- The Complex Character of Iago of Othello      Iago can be clearly characterized as the villain in Shakespeare’s Othello.  The notion of the "honest" Iago does at times appear not to be a misnomer.  In this essay I shall attempt to explore the complexities contained within the character of Iago.   One of the most interesting questions that crops up is the one concerning Iago’s motives. What are his reasons to kill every major Venetian in Cyprus. Shakespeare seemingly sets the stage for Iago’s actions, giving him two distinct reasons to avenge Othello....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Contradictory Characterisations of Women in Shakespeare's Othello

- Contradictory Characterisations of Women in Shakespeare's Othello   Othello opens with a discussion between two men concerning the fate of a very beautiful woman named Desdemona. One of the men is distraught, having tried to win her love but miserably failed, and the other agrees that she is quite a prize. A prize is not just a name for Desdemona, as her humanity is lost somewhere along the way and she ceases to be anything but a prize to be won. Both men are angry and want to seek revenge against the man who won her, slandering Desdemona’s name in the process....   [tags: Shakespeare Othello]

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Abnormal Psychology and Othello

- To what extent is the science of abnormal psychology involved in the characterization in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. This essay will answer that question. Blanche Coles in Shakespeare’s Four Giants affirms the Bard’s commitment to abnormal psychology, and his employment of same in this play: That Shakespeare was keenly interested in the study of the abnormal mind is commonly accepted among students. [. . .] The suggestion that Iago may have been intentionally drawn as a psychopathic personality is not new....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Free Essays - Evil and Good in Othello

- Evil and Good in Othello Life in general is often used as a system of ways to define what kind of person you are by its end. Shakespeare takes that theory into test upon his characters in his work of the famous play Othello. Through the verbal twists and turns along with the addition of color symbolisms, the personalities of Othello, Iago, Desdemona are revealed to their fullest extents, along with their own balance of good and evil within. When this is realized by this famous Shakespearian work, the judgment of good and evil is carried out, and as a result of mass purging of emotions, neither prevails in the resolution....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago and Honesty in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago and Honesty in Othello   Iago uses the word "honest" in act three of Othello in three primary ways.  The first way he uses it is to mean honourable, about Cassio.  He uses this meaning of the word to force Othello to doubt Cassio's honesty, and question his hounorablility.  The second way is to mean faithful, both about Desdemona and Cassio.  Iago uses it in the context that the two may be "truthful," again to make Othello doubt.  The third way is Iago's most effective use, which is to use honest in the context to mean truthful, as in, he has told Othello the truth.  However, Shakespeare has created tremendous dramatic irony, for we know that Iago is being anything except truthful. ...   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]

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The Role of Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Role of Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello In the play, Othello, written by William Shakespeare, there is the classic good against evil conflict. Evil, in this case, was represented by jealousy in every bad situation. The antagonist, Iago, was jealous of Othello's power as a general, and of Othello's relationship with the fair Desdemona. Othello is a powerful general, a Moor, who married Desdemona, the daughter of Barbantio, who was a senator. Jealousy begins the book when every body comes to realize that Othello and Desdemona have eloped....   [tags: Othello Shakespeare William Essays]

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Iago as the Perfect Villain of Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago as the Perfect Villain of Othello      Iago, the villain in Shakespeare’s Othello, is a round character of great depth and many dimensions. Iago works towards an aim that is constantly changing and becomes progressively more tragic. Yet, at times, "honest" Iago does actually seem honest. This essay will explore the complex character of "honest Iago. One of the most interesting questions that crops up is concerning Iago’s motives. What are his reasons to kill every major Venetian in Cyprus....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Dual Nature of Characters in Othello

- The Dual Nature of Characters in Othello In Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello, Iago is uncharacteristically honest when he says "I am not what I am". However, he is not the only character whose appearance differs from the reality. Nonetheless, he is possibly the only person who intends this duplicity. Unfortunately everyone is under the impression that Iago is "honest and just". Once alone, Iago reveals "when devils will the blackest sins put on, they do suggest at first with heavenly shows as I do now"....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Language and Literary Techniques in Othello

- Language and Literary Techniques in Othello      The language and literary techniques used in William Shakespeare's Othello enrich the settings, plot, characters, and themes. Othello is a complex tragedy about good versus evil, loyalty, love, sexual jealousy, appearance versus reality, and intrigue, told in a first person point of view. The play takes place during the Renaissance in Venice, Italy and in Cyprus over three days. It is written in blank verse, usually unrhymed iambic pentameter....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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