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The Absolute Evil of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - The Absolute Evil of Iago in Othello   What marks consummate villainy is the willingness to be absolutely evil-to have no qualms about being diabolical and no strains of human morality.  Because feeling for another leads one to experience guilt, even an iota of empathy is a character flaw that will lead to the downfall of a villain.  To succeed, the villain needs to emulate the character Iago in Othello, who consistently works his evil throughout the whole play and does not slip until the end, when there is simply no way he can turn the situation to his advantage.  Iago is a model for the ultimate villain because he operates on a self-styled level of morality, such that he never doubts hi...   [tags: Essays on Othello]
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Iago as the Hero of Shakespeare's Othello - Iago as the Hero of Othello       A Shakespearean play always includes a typical villain character. He is boisterous, egotistical, sometimes witty, and all too eager to seek revenge. In William Shakespeare Othello, Iago is the well-liked, trusted, and brave ensign of the great Venetian general Othello, or so it appears. Iago actually possesses all of the typical villainous qualities, however Iago conducts himself with great composure, and by manipulating his counterparts, he makes people believe he is on their side....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello - Jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello In the play Othello, jealousy and envy are prominent themes from the beginning to the end. As the play slowly unfolds it is evident that jealousy is the cause of most of the dramatic actions which take place in the duration of the play. It is described as the "green - eyed monster." "Green" representing the colour of envy, and "monster" shows how destructive and how vicious it can be. This quotation is said by a character named Iago....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello] 1966 words
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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] 569 words
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Othello: The Destruction of Honor - Othello: The Destruction of Honor In The Tragedy of Othello, William Shakespeare tells the tale of the “noble Moor” whose honor and innocence bring about his downfall. Shakespeare writes of the power of jealousy, and the art of masterful deception and trickery. The story primarily takes place in Cyprus, during a war between the people of Venice and the invading Turks. In this play Shakespeare shows the feelings of Othello’s embittered right-hand man of, Iago, who feels he is passed over for a promotion and swears his revenge....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 972 words
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Othello: True Love and Self-love - Othello: True Love and Self-love         The William Shakespeare tragic play Othello manifests the virtue of love in all its variegated types through the assorted good and bad characters interacting with each other.   H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, discusses the love of the Moor for his beloved even at the time of her murder:   And when he comes to execute justice upon Desdemona, as he thinks, he has subdued his passion so that he is a compound of explosiveness tenderness....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Role of Women in Othello - The Role of Women in Othello        If we are to assume, as Richard Levin speculates, that women were in the audiences of many Renaissance plays, it is then highly possible that feminine stage images were affected by their presence(165). Likewise, the issues represented by these images would have been constructed to take these women into account in order to satisfy them as paying customers. Levin offers only a "tentative hypothesis on the incorporation of feminine sentiment into Renaissance drama....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Updating the Setting of Shakespeare's Othello - Along the crowded streets of Philadelphia the cars rush by and people are always in a hurry, but the poverty of the people that live in the neighborhoods can never be hidden. The name, the City of Brotherly Love, is almost ironic as crime and hate fill the streets of the city. There is a division between the people that can not be hidden, but only exaggerated by people’s interactions. This is the setting in which the Shakespearian play “Othello” will be interpreted. This modernization of this classic tragedy will be more appealing to the youth of today, who will be able to relate more to the characters and the setting of the play....   [tags: Modernization of Othello Essays]
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Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello - Jealousy in Othello The tragedy of Othello is the story of jealousy. It is Othello's public insecurity that makes him jealous of Cassio and allows him to believe that Cassio has slept with Desdemona. Also, it is Iago's jealousy of Othello that drives him to destroy both Othello and Desdemona. What is fascinating about Shakespeare's Othello is the way in which jealousy between the major characters is sexualized. Perhaps what makes Othello so disturbing is how quickly this sexualized jealousy turns into hate....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 647 words
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Marriage and Power in Othello - Marriage and Power in Othello   There is more to Shakespeare’s Othello than just the characters in the play. There is a message of power, and who has it, as well as the ones that want it. Two of the central characters in the play are both married. Their "love" for each other is questionable. The message that Shakespeare is sending is not really about "love", but about the power that one holds in the marriage. Two of the main characters in the play are Othello and Iago. Othello who is married to Desdemona, and Iago who is married to Emilia....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 930 words
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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] 1277 words
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Othello and the Virtue of Love - Othello and the Virtue of Love        The love of the protagonist and his wife in William Shakespeare’s trgedy Othello can not stand up against the repeated assaults of the sinister Iago. Let us in this essay search for and comment on the examples of love found in the play.   Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” highlights the love between the hero and his beloved:   The love between Othello and Desdemona is a great venture of faith. He is free; she achieves her freedom, and at a great cost....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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The Influence of the Turks in Othello - The Influence of the Turks in Othello    In Shakespeare's play Othello the Turks are shadowy enemies always lurking in the background but never seen. Though invisible in the drama, the Turks play a significant part in Othello: references to the Turks and their Islamic/infidel culture illustrate the progress and illuminate the themes of the tragedy.             The Ottoman Empire was the closest Islamic state to Shakespeare's Europe -- and the most dangerous. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 heralded the utter destruction of the old Byzantine Empire and the rise of the new regime of the Ottoman Turks....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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The Lost Identitiy of Othello - The Lost Identitiy of Othello   Othello's identity in the Venetian society is his role as "the Moor". Few people use his real name when talking about him. When speaking the given quote, Othello is telling the Venetians how he won Desdemona's heart by telling her the story of his life, and he now retells it to the Venetians. This tale-telling is a way of employing the linguistic system to reshape for himself a new identity with more positive connotations than "the Moor" can offer. "The Moor" is an expression the Venetians connect to other expressions in the linguistic system which all have a negative value....   [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] 1043 words
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The Strength of Women in Shakespeare's Othello - The Strength of Women in Shakespeare's Othello In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice, there are several strong, predominate female characters. Emilia, Desdemona, and Bianca have to defend themselves from the vicious men in the play. However, despite being victimized by the domineering men, their individual strengths set them apart from their abusers. Emilia is a realistic woman....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello] 1293 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Honest Iago - Othello – Honest Iago Without a doubt, one of the main themes that runs throughout William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, is that of honesty.  In the play, the most interesting character is Iago, who is commonly called and known as "Honest Iago."  However, this could not be farther from the truth.  Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits and moves him closer to his own goals.  He is smart and an expert at judging the characters of others.  Because of this, Iago pushes everyone to their tragic end....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 785 words
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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] 771 words
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Race and Loyalty in Othello - Race and Loyalty in Othello William Shakespeare`s Othello is a play set in Venice. The plot is based on a story about two people who love each other dearly and the problems and conflicts they face from the start. The conflicts are, for the most part, tied in with racial issues and questions of loyalty. These conflicts stem from the society around the couple, as well as from the couple themselves as they too are part of this society, but with very different backgrounds: The female protagonist is the daughter of a highly-respected Venetian senator: Brabantio....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 952 words
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The Incomparable Evil in Shakespeare's Othello - The Incomparable Evil in Shakespeare's Othello        Shakespeare?s tragic drama Othello disturbs audiences because of the intense, diabolical evil involved in the plot development. Let?s explore the evil in the play, especially in the character of Iago.   In his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, A. C. Bradley gives an in-depth analysis of the brand of evil which the ancient personifies:   Iago stands supreme among Shakespeare?s evil characters because the greatest intensity and subtlety of imagination have gone to his making, and because he illustrates in the most perfect combination the two facts concerning evil which seem to have impressed Shakespeare most....   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]
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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Unequivocally, Iago plays an important and major function in the tragedy of Othello. By the end of the play, Iago has been directly responsible for the deaths of Roderigo, Emilia and the protagonist and his love. Iago's importance to the play is revealed by his contribution to the plot and his significance relative to other characters. Iago's function, which invariably adds to the importance he has on the play, is to lead to the downfall of Othello therefore revealing the themes of hate, jealousy and revenge....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Essays] 2694 words
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Iago Of Othello - Iago of "Othello" What makes a good villain. What qualities make one villain stand out from another. Is it their demeanor, ruthlessness, or the methods that they employ to accomplish their tasks. In any case, a great villain must leave the reader with a respect for their methods and a question about their motives. In Shakespeare's Othello, there is one character in Iago that fulfills all of these qualifications. Iago is a wonderful villain because he gains other's trust, relentlessly takes advantage of his peers' flaws, and unapologetically causes the deaths of his counterparts in order to achieve his goals....   [tags: Character Analysis Othello Iago Shakespeare] 701 words
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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] 1369 words
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Malignant Iago of Shakespeare's Othello -     Pure evil is like a cancerous plague that harms all those who come upon it.  In the tragic play “Othello” by William Shakespeare, Iago is a character that represents pure evil – a malignant cancer to all those around him.  His evil is exposed through his choice of words, his ability to manipulate people, and his opportunistic ways.       First, Iago’s evil is shown through his choice of words that demonstrate his vulgarity and his sinister intentions.  Iago’s language is extremely base and forward; he does show any remorse or sympathy in any situation.  For example, Desdemona has recently married Othello; when Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, hears the news he becomes enraged.  To make...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Shakespeare's Presentation of Othello as Responsible for his Own Downfall - Shakespeare's Presentation of Othello as Responsible for his Own Downfall Shakespeare’s Othello consists of the themes betrayal, love and dishonesty. At the centre of this play is the tragic downfall of Othello at the hands of his so called friend Iago. In this essay I will be discussing the reasons for and against Othello being responsible for his downfall through looking at critical interpretations of his character and actions. In some ways you could say that Othello was highly responsible for his own downfall as he was easily manipulated by Iago showing him to be gullible and naïve....   [tags: Shakespeare Othello] 1503 words
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Oedipus And Othello - Oedipus and Othello      When comparing and contrasting the character's Oedipus and Othello by means of the different theatrical practices, one must take in account that there have been many interpretations, and productions of each of their respected plays. The differing presentations of each may lead someone to think differently about the play than another would. In comparing and contrasting the dramatic representation of the protagonists Oedipus and Othello, theatrical presentation, costume design, and character will lead the reader, and viewer, to have a greater insight into the theatrical practices of their times and their approaches to the issue of verisimilitude....   [tags: Compare Contrast Oediput Othello Essays] 1011 words
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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] 1660 words
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Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello - Jealousy in Othello The theme of Othello is jealousy. Othello, a Moor who is an honored Venetian general, secretly marries Desdemona. On the night of their marriage in Venice Othello is ordered to Cyprus. Desdemona sails after him for Cyprus and they meet there again. Desdemona’s father is very angry about their marriage, though. As they arrive at Cyprus the whole story begins. Iago, Othello’s ancient, is very disappointed at not being promoted. He hates his rival Cassio, Othello’s lieutenant, and Othello....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 899 words
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Othello’s Sinister Side - Othello’s Sinister Side         Shakespeare’s Othello, with its prolonged exposure to the evil mind of Iago, is difficult for some in the audience. Let’s consider the play’s evil aspect.   In the Introduction to The Folger Library General Reader’s Shakespeare, Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar explain the single, evil focus of the drama – the arch-villainy of the ancient:   Othello has been described as Shakespeare’s most perfect play. Critics of dramatic structure have praised it for its attention to the main theme without irrelevant distractions....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello’s Female Roles - Othello’s Female Roles         Let’s look at the roles of the three lady-characters in the Shakespearean drama Othello. Their roles are not marginal, but are rather vital to the tragedy.   In the Introduction to Shakespeare’s Othello: The Harbrace Theatre Edition, John Russell Brown summarizes the role of the heroine of the play:   When considered functionally, Desdemona’s role may be seen to be every bit as demanding as those of the principals. The fact that she has far fewer words to speak and is on-stage for a much shorter time detracts nothing from the scope of the role, but rather shows that the actress herself can move the audience with the quiet authority of her stage presen...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello: its Themes - Othello: its Themes         In the Shakespearean tragedy Othello how many themes are there. And which ones predominate. This paper seeks to elucidate the reader on this subject.   In her book, Everybody’s Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies, Maynard Mack comments on the seeming predominance of the theme of loss in the drama:   In any event, what comes to us most forcefully from the stage in Othello is not mystery but the agony of loss, loss all the more tragic, in some instances, for not being inevitable....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Irony of William Shakespeare's Othello - The Irony of William Shakespeare's Othello Irony plays a great role in ?The Tragedy of Othello?. The villain, Iago, plans from the very beginning of the play to ruin Othello?s life. All the major characters in the play believe that Iago is an honest and trustworthy person. The tragic irony is that Iago fools them all. Throughout the whole play Iago manipulates the people around him and lies to them. Iago is very distressed, because Michael Cassio was promoted to Othello?s lieutenant instead of himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Iago Essays]
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The Issue of Money in The Tempest and Othello - The Issue of Money in The Tempest and Othello The central issue depicted in both plays The Tempest and Othello is about money. Money in substantial amounts can represent great power and strength over the ruling nation. It plays a major role in our everyday society and one that is fully illustrated in both of Shakespeare’s play. Both of the plays are related to his matter, in that the subplot characters attempt to achieve high respect and, therefore, gain power and strength by deception. A parallelism can be drawn between the characters of Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano from The Tempest to Othello with Iago, Othello involved....   [tags: William Shakespeare The Tempest Othello Essays]
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Duplicitous Characters in Othello - Duplicitous Characters in Othello Many of the characters in Shakespeare's tragedy, "Othello" are duplicitous to the extent that how they are perceived in public is not how they behave in private. This is not always intentional, although with a character such as Iago, it is difficult to encounter the real person as his entire life is an act. Othello is seen as a brave and loyal soldier, but is initially presented as dark and dangerous by Roderigo and Iago. To Brabantio, Othello appears to have black magical powers, but in fact, the private truth is that Othello won Desdemona with stories of "disastrous chances ......   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 919 words
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Othello's Loss for Words - Othello’s Loss for Words Othello’s character throughout the play demonstrates a skill and confidence in the art of language. From the beginning we see long, eloquent speeches that dazzle his audience – eloquently mixing complex words that help portray him as not only a strong warrior but also a fighter with a sound mind. However when Iago pressures him about the possible relationship between his wife Desdemona and Cassio, Othello’s passion for his beloved wife breaks down his self-control....   [tags: Othello William Shakespeare Essays] 1591 words
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Deception in Shakespeare's Othello - Deception in Shakespeare’s “Othello”      One may readily perceive the theme of Shakespeare’s “Othello” as deception. Deception appears many times in Othello, but in almost every incident the degree of deception is different. Deception is to “deceive another, illusion, or fraud” (Webster’s New World Pocket Dictionary 69), which is seen as a wrongful act. However, deception may be used to protect someone from getting hurt therefore being used with good intentions.      The very first act of deception is done by the character Desdemona....   [tags: Othello Shakespeare Deception]
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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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Othello’s Evil Side - Othello’s Evil Side        In the Bard of Avon’s tragic drama Othello there is a very disquieting dimension of the play; this is the evil dimension, which has such depth and intensity that it penetrates not only the mind but the body and soul of the audience.   Even the imagery in the drama has its evil aspect. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello, explains the instances of diabolic imagery in the play as they relate to the infecting of the Moor by the ancient:   The same transference from Iago to Othello may be observed in what S....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello’s Evil Character - Othello’s Evil Character         William Shakespeare’s Othello gives the audience a full measure or dose of evil, mostly in the person of the sinister Iago, whose evil influence penetrates the lives of the victims around him.   In The Riverside Shakespeare Frank Kermode explains the type of evil peculiar to the ancient:   Over the ancient figure of the Vice – a familiar shape for abstract evil – Iago wears the garb of a modern devil. Iago’s naturalist ethic, as expounded to Roderigo at the close of Act I, is a wicked man’s version of Montaigne, an instance of the way in which men convert to evil the precepts of a common sense supported by no act of faith....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello’s Copious Imagery - Othello’s Copious Imagery        Let’s look into Shakespeare’s drama Othello and admire the proliferation of imagery with which the playwright has decorated the play.   In the Introduction to Shakespeare’s Othello: The Harbrace Theatre Edition, John Russell Brown describes some “splendid images” in the play:   The elaborate soliloquy spoken by Othello as he approaches his sleeping wife (V.ii.1-22) contains some splendid images, such as “chaste stars,” “monumental alabaster,” “flaming minister,” and “Promethean heat,” but its key words are simple and used repeatedly: cause, soul, blood, die, light, love, and weep....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago’s Manipulation in Act One of Shakespeare's Othello - Iago’s Manipulation in Act One of Othello The events that occur in the first half of Act 1 are all in anticipation of the lead character Othello who we are not immediately introduced too. We learn Iago’s name in the second line of the play and Roderigo’s soon after, but Othello is not mentioned by his name once. Instead he is referred to as ‘he’, ‘him’ and is frequently described as ‘the moor’ (1.1.58) he is also described as having ‘thick lips’ (1.1.67) and later as being a ‘Barbary horse’ (1.1.111) is continuously described by his critics, mainly Iago, as a ‘moor’, demonstrating Iago’s frequently concerning nature of race and also portraying Othello as something of an alien....   [tags: Othello essays] 746 words
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Deception in Shakespeare's Othello - Deception in Shakespeare's Othello Deception, which by its definition is a bad thing and has only one level or degree, is truly not this way at all. Deception appears many times in Othello, but in almost every incident the degree of deception is different. There are only a few characters that use deception, and those characters all use different degrees of deception to get what they want in the play. Deception is almost always used through verbal language or body language because it is the easiest way to deceive a person....   [tags: Othello William Shakespeare Essays]
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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago's Deception as Catalyst for Truth - Iago: Deception as Catalyst for Truth   The audience will achieve a more complete understanding of Iago in The Tragedy of Othello if Iago is viewed as a complex character and not simply as a conventional "villain."  Iago's devious schemes destroy lives both literally and figuratively, but they may also serve to reveal the character of others in intricate ways.  A critical interpretation of Iago reveals that although he is principally a deceiver, he is also a dramatic agent of truth.  Even though his acts are malicious and deceitful, the title "honest Iago" is fitting in the sense that he reveals the true nature of his victims, as well as the propensity for human beings to act in accordanc...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello: Emilia’s Metamorphosis - Othello: Emilia’s Metamorphosis        In his tragic play Othello, Shakespeare endows the minor character Emilia with some important functions. Her character, which changes dramatically in several ways toward the finale of the play, is the topic of this essay.   A.C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, defines the character of the ancient’s wife:   Few of Shakespeare’s minor characters are more distinct than Emilia, and towards few do our feelings change so much within the course of the play....   [tags: Othello essays]
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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] 1364 words
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Othello: One of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes - Othello: One of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes Othello is one of Shakespeare's tragic heroes. Othello is a well-respected character in this play. Othello is portrayed as a man with much greatness. Othello is tragic hero because he has a fault in his character that brings his death to others. Unquestionably, Othello's downfall is brought about during the course of this Shakespearean drama. Othello is a general and others such as Iago and Roderigo who are envious of the power and the respect shown to him despite his colour....   [tags: Othello by William Shakespeare] 2362 words
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How Does Othello Rate? - How Does Othello Rate?        Is this the best, the second-best, the worst of William Shakespeare’s tragedies. Where does it place in the lineup. Let’s consider where it deserves to be and why in this essay.   The play is so quotable; consider Desdemona’s opening lines before the Council of Venice: “My noble father, / I do perceive here a divided duty,” or Othello’s last words: “Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.” Could the continuing reputation of Othello be attributed to the quotable “ultimate form” in which the Bard of Avon expressed his ideas....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Custom Written Term Papers: The Numerous Themes in Othello - The Numerous Themes in Othello        The Shakespearean tragedy Othello contains a number of themes; their relative importance and priority is debated by literary critics. In this essay let us examine the various themes and determine which are dominant and which subordinate.   A. C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, describes the theme of sexual jealousy in Othello:   In the second place, there is no subject more exciting than sexual jealousy rising to the pitch of passion; and there can hardly be any spectacle at once so engrossing and so painful as that of a great nature suffering the torment of this passion, and driven by it to a crime which is a...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello - Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello        Othello features jealousy as the dominant motive for action and therefore just as reflected in real life we bare witness to jealousy influencing the characters of Iago, Brabantio, Roderigo, and Othello. In this essay I shall be attempting to examine this theme in depth drawing comparison between jealousy and the consequential action.  The dominance of jealousy as the chief causative force of action in the drama is very obvious to most critics. In William Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Paul A....   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]
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Custom Written Term Papers: The Loves in Othello - The Loves in Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello the main love of the play is betrayed and undermined by the cunning and evil Iago. This essay seeks to find and explore the examples of love in this play.   Francis Ferguson in “Two Worldviews Echo Each Other” describes the love existing between the protagonist and his wife and how it is an easy prey for the antagonist:   When Othello sums up their innocent infatuation, we must feel that he is more accurate than he knows:   She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Free College Essays - Othello and Honesty - Othello and Honesty Honesty is one of the most important factors in Othello.  And although there is very little honesty actually present in the play the term is most commonly applied to Iago, who also happens to be the most dishonest character in Othello.  Due partly to the other characters naiveté, Iago is capable of manipulating, brainwashing, and molding the other characters to satisfy his need for revenge against Othello.              Iago would most commonly be referred to as dishonest, however beyond that he is also downright amoral and uses other’s weaknesses to manipulate them into doing what he pleases.  From the very beginning we see how Iago manipulates Roderigo...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 970 words
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Act IV of Othello: Foreshadowing Tragedy - In Act 4, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Othello, imagery and other stylistic devices are used in lines 48-74 to develop the lack of communication between Othello and Desdemona. This passage foreshadows tragedy, as it illustrates that Othello no longer trusts his wife. It is apparent that Iago's plan will be a success. Othello begins hyperbolically: "Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell." This also contains two antithetical terms: heaven and hell. Shakespeare uses adjectives to illustrate this-- heaven is true and hell is false....   [tags: Shakespeare, Othello Essays] 1236 words
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The Devil as Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello - The Devil as Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello   One question that has often been debated amongst literary scholars is what could have motivated Iago to set off such a chain of events which accumulated in the horrific amount of death and tragic consequences that occur in William Shakespeare’s play Othello. On the surface, one could artificially assume that Iago was spurred by two reasons to carry out such a malicious and inhumane plan. His anger of being passed over for lieutenantship by Othello in favor of Cassio, coupled with his inclinations that his wife has slept with Othello, drives Iago to partake in dangerous and seemingly insurmountable actions in order to climb up the social ladder...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Shakespeare's Othello Essay - Honest Iago - Othello - Honest Iago The most interesting and round character in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is "honest" Iago. Through carefully though-out words and actions, Iago manipulates others to do things in which he benefits. Iago is the main driving force in "Othello," pushing several characters towards their tragic end. Iago is not a traditional villain for he plays a unique and complex role. Unlike most villains in tragic plays, evidence of Iago's deception is not clearly visible....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 698 words
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The Theme of Jealousy in Othello by William Shakespeare - The Theme of Jealousy in Othello by William Shakespeare Othello is a unique tragedy in that it focuses on the destruction of love through sexual jealousy. Jealousy is not inherited in a person, but developed from the fatal factors of their character. Othello is plagued with his ego and pride which contributes to his demise. Othello is, however, a truly romantic character because he is very passionate and full of deep feelings. It keeps a person wondering what could have possibly brought the sweet Desdemona to be his wife....   [tags: Papers Othello Shakespeare Essays]
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Effective Use of Rhetoric in Shakespeare's Othello - Effective Use of Rhetoric in Othello Shakespeare’s use of rhetoric by his characters is clearly used effectively in Othello through Iago’s and Roderigo’s conversation with Barbantio. The two make use of double meanings, animal imagery, Devil and God comparisons, the use of sexual references, and descriptive insults to confuse Barbantio and make him angry towards Othello. Through Iago’s initial torment, continued by Roderigo, they are able to force Barbantio to do exactly as they wish. Iago primarily makes use of the double meaning of the word thieves to get Barbantio out of bed and force him to be confused with the situation....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 664 words
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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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Rating Othello - Rating Othello         Is this Shakespearean tragedy Othello at the top of the rating chart, or is it just near the top. And why. This essay intends to examine various aspects of this subject, along with critical opinion.   This play ranks near the top. The Bard’s presentation of emotions, character, of good and evil actions that are down-to-earth – these are sometimes seen as the main reasons for the high ranking of Othello. Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar in “The Engaging Qualities of Othello” maintain that the popularity of this play has been consistent for about 400 years because   it treats emotions that are universal and persistent in human nature....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello: Themes - Othello: Themes        How many themes course through the Shakespearean tragedy Othello. Let us in this essay analyze the variety and depth of the themes in this play.   Lily B. Campbell in Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes indicates that hate is the theme on which this play opens:   It is then on a theme of hate that the play opens. It is a hate of inveterate anger. It is a hate that is bound up with envy. Othello has preferred to be his lieutenant a military theorist, one Michael Cassio, over the experienced soldier Iago, to whom has fallen instead the post of “his Moorship’s ancient”....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Character of Iago from Othello - The Character of Iago from Othello The character of Iago is crucial for the play, and its essence has often been presented as ‘the evil taking a human form.’ What is important to any attempt to understand this play is the mechanism that makes the action moving forward. If this is ‘the force of evil’, represented in the character of Iago, this gives him the most relevant role, the power to forward the entire course of the play in certain direction. A number of fortunate circumstances helps his plot, and even in the most dangerous moments everything seems to fit his plans....   [tags: Othello William Shakespeare Iago Plays Essays] 4193 words
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William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero - William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero      If one reads Shakespeare's Othello, they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but Othello, has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic than his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero.      Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses all the virtues of a military leader that he is....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Hero Essays] 1443 words
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William Shakespeare's Othello - William Shakespeare's Othello Every artist needs a subject to draw inspiration from—an idea to develop into a masterpiece. Leonardo da Vinci had Madame Lisa to portray in paint. The Beach Boys had Rhonda to render in rhyme. And William Shakespeare had one of one hundred stories written by Giraldi Cinthio to help him create his masterpiece, Othello. Each artist creates his own interpretation from his source. Shakespeare transformed the core of Cinthio’s story into a tragedy. A tragedy is drama which depicts “a public struggle between larger-than-life protagonists and universal forces” (Glossary 175)....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Essays]
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William Shakespeare's Othello - William Shakespeare's Othello A significant moment in Othello demonstrates the theme of binaries questioned in many of Shakespeare's works. Addressing the Duke and senators, Othello says: "Let her have your voice. Vouch with me heaven, I therefore beg it not To please the palate of my appetite, Nor to comply with heat--the young affects In me defunct--and proper satisfaction, But to be free and bounteous to her mind; And heaven defend your good souls that you think I will your serious and great business scant When she is with me....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Essays]
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William Shakespeare's Othello - The drama, Othello by W. Shakspeare, is a play that we can read with a great deal of understanding because we can relate it to our society today and to the people who surrounds us. We often witness acts of racism, gender bashing, evil people and suiciders because of poor self perception. In this play we see examples of everything. Throughout the play several different perceptions of people are shown . Most often the characters, specially Othello perceived Iago as "honest Iago" . I believe that we do not get a clear vision of how Iago views himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello] 1045 words
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To What Extent are ‘Othello’ and 'Oedipus Rex' Perfect Examples of Tragedy - ‘Othello’ was written between 1601 and 1603. It was first performed in the Elizabethan courts during the Christmas season. The idea of a ‘perfect’ tragedy is the idea that the tragedy is faultless; it does what is expected; so makes the audience feel empathy and sympathy for the characters who suffer. There are two different types of tragedy: classical tragedy and Shakespearean tragedy. The tragic hero in this play is the main character, Othello. Othello's misfortune comes about because of his jealousy, trust, and his pride....   [tags: Othello, Tragedy, shakespeare, theatre, Oedipus Re] 1157 words
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Othello's Diverse Themes - Othello’s Diverse Themes         Othello is one of William Shakespeare’s tragedies which thrives on a group of themes. Let’s see if we can sort them out and determine the dominant ones from the lesser ones.   The pain which the audience experiences is no accident, but rather one of the themes written into the play. Critic Caroline Spurgeon in “Shakespeare’s Imagery and What it Tells Us” explains the significant contribution which imagery makes to the theme of pain and unpleasantness running through 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 an...   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare Papers]
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