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  • Othello


    The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies, was first published in 1603. The play has enjoyed enduring popularity over the centuries and, like Macbeth, has had a long history of stage performances and movie adaptations. Essays and academic papers that offer in-depth analyses of Othello too have been highly popular among students of literature and theatre.

    The play’s protagonist and hero is a celebrated black general who commands the Venetian army and has secretly married the beautiful Desdemona, daughter of the Venetian senator Brabantio. Othello is a powerful and highly respected figure in Venice with a young and attractive wife, but is prone to insecurities because of his race and age.

    The events of the play are set in motion when Othello appoints Cassio as his chief lieutenant, angering his ensign Iago who believes himself to be the right person for the job. Iago, consumed by envy and rage, vows to bring about Othello’s downfall. He conspires with Roderigo, a dissolute Venetian gentleman who has been spurned by Desdemona, to falsely implicate Desdemona and Cassio in a love affair and plant doubt about Desdemona’s loyalty in Othello’s mind. Convinced of Desdemona’s treachery, Othello strangles her, only to realise she had been faithful to him all along. Othello’s blind jealousy and self-doubt ensure his eventual destruction.

    Iago comes forth as a cynical manipulator who happily betrays Othello’s trust while maintaining a reputation for honesty. He is the antithesis to Othello’s true nobility and integrity and is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s most sinister and Machiavellian villains.

    Othello centers around the timeless themes of racial prejudice, love, sexual jealousy, revenge, betrayal and eventual repentance and has been frequently adapted for film, theatre and opera,

    Scroll down for a comprehensive list of literary essays that discuss Shakespeare’s Othello from various perspectives.

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    "Othello" "Othello" was written by one most influential writer in all of English literature, William Shakespeare during his great tragic period. Othello is set against the backdrop of the wars between Venice and Turkey that raged in the latter part of the sixteenth century. The subject of Othello is "Love and Death", while the theme suggests "The Incompatibility of Military Heroism & Love". "Othello" consisted of three major characters including: Othello, Desdemona, and Iago, each of which play

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    them, and they can encounter even more troubles or even their own downfall. A comparable situation as the aforementioned is found in the Shakespearean tragedy, Othello, where the character flaws of the protagonist, Othello, cause weakness in his character, which ultimately leads to his downfall and death. One of the flaws that lead Othello to his downfall is the fact that he has very poor judgement, which is indisputably seen through the consistent trust that he finds in Iago. His downfall also occurs

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    corrupt, immoral, and sinful. Through his play The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, however, William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright who lived during this time, offers a different definition of a moor. In fact, by casting a white man as the most devious character and a moor as a victim in the play, Shakespeare seems to challenge the existing stereotypes that the European people held against all moors. With the protagonist, Othello, and the antagonist, Iago, Shakespeare implies that corruption

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    "Othello" is a good example of Aristotelian drama. It is simple play and the focus is on a very small cast of characters. It has few distractions from the main plot and concentrates on just a few themes, such a jealousy, prejudice, pride and honesty. Jealousy is the emotion that drives the action of Othello. It has the classical unities of time, place (setting is in Venice in the first act and Cyprus thereafter) and action. Othello's cast is made up of "ordinary" people of moderate rank, and

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    Othello In this speech, Othello lets his mind take over all his self control. A usual cool tempered person Othello is inflicted with rage about the possibility of his wife sleeping with his lieutenant, Cassio. Iago has the ability to cloud the head of Othello with lies about the Desdemona and Cassio causing suffering and tragedy. A tragedy is a serious action or event that always turns out the worst way possible. Iago has setup Othello just enough for Othello to create his own disaster. The literary

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    Othello is a famous literal work of Shakespeare. In most of his literal writings, he addresses the ideas and concepts of human behavior, varying from love, to hate, to revenge and many other aspects (Domı´nguez-Rue´and Mrotzekb, p. 671). In Othello, he presents yet another masterpiece which talks about the tragedy of the noble hero who is brought down and destroyed by a human flaw which is jealousy. Othello is a domestic tragedy and encompasses different timeless themes that include; love, revenge

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    a fly as big as Cassio. Yes, Smile at her, go ahead! I’ll catch you in your own flirtation. Character Intent: Iago is definitely speaking these lines for one clear reason. Iago wants to manipulate Cassio and get him close to Desdemona therefore Othello could see this occur and become angered. Iago knows that Cassio is a very flirtatious person and therefore, Iago’s evil deed might be a very easy task to accomplish. Iago uses the metaphor of the fly and the spider web to symbolize Cassio (fly) getting

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    The story of Othello is a tragedy caused by love, money, and power. Othello was looking for love because he already had money, and power, and that snake Iago was looking for money and power. Iago was not concerned about love because heed rather have money and power. In this story almost all of the main characters were either looking for love, money, or power. Othello ended up killing his love of his life Desdemona and himself, Othello loved Desdemona so much that heed rather murder her then have

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    Othello In Othello by William Shakespeare, the villain Iago has many motives for ruining the lives of Othello, Cassio, Desdemona, and Roderigo. They include jealousy, fears of infidelity, greed, and his anger at being passed on for a promotion. These passionate motives drives Iago, turning him into one of the most evil of villains Shakespeare has created. Roderigo a solider in Othello’s army and once a courtier of Othello’s wife Desdemona is under Iago’s spell from the beginning. Iago’s manipulates