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Free College Essays - Change of Characters in Shakespeare's Othello - Change of Characters in Othello Othello's character during the play is first shown as a hero of war and a man of great pride and courage. The other main characters in the play all form their own opinions of him and as the play continues, his character begins to deteriorate and become less noble. Chronologically through the play Othello's character changes from a flawless military leader, to become a murderer. Also as the play progresses, the other characters in the play change their opinions of Othello which causes the plot to happen the way it did....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 1063 words
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Free College Essays - The Tragic and Serious Othello - Othello   Tragic and Serious Othello, a play by William Shakespeare, takes place in Venice during the invasion of the island of Cyprus by the Turks. The protagonist of the story, Othello, is a newlywed, Moorish general with a very gullible nature. The antagonist of the story is Iago, an officer under Othello who wishes to be promoted to lieutenant, but the position was given to the young and attractive Cassio. Other major characters in the play are Desdemona, Othello's wife who is accused of having an affair with Cassio....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 557 words
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Custom Written Term Papers: Othello’s Feminine Roles - Othello’s Feminine Roles         The audience finds within the Shakespearean tragic drama Othello several female characters who figure into the plot of the play. Their roles are varied and their lives end tragically.   Alvin Kernan’s “Othello: an Introduction” explains Desdemona’s role as a model of faith and chastity for the protagonist who converts to a belief in her after her death:   His willingness to speak of what he has done – in contrast to Iago’s sullen silence – is a willingness to recognize the meaning of Desdemona’s faith and chastity, to acknowledge that innocence and love do exist, and that therefore The City can stand, though his life is required to validate the trut...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Custom Written Term Papers: Othello’s Involved Imagery - Othello’s Involved Imagery         The intricate imagery peppering the language of the characters in Shakespeare’s drama Othello is deserving of our detailed consideration in this paper. It has significant meaning, and nearly expresses a life of its own.   The play’s imagery is oftentimes reflective of the fortunes of the protagonist. As the Moor’s status declines, the quality of the imagery in the play declines. In The Riverside Shakespeare Frank Kermode explains the relationship between imagery and Othello’s jealousy:   It is very important to see that Othello’s self-estimate – “one not easily jealious, but, being wrought, / Perplexed in the extreme” (V.ii.345-46) – is, as Bradle...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Emilia’s Perspective on Betrayal in Relationships in Shakespeare’s Othello - Emilia’s Perspective on Betrayal in Relationships in Shakespeare’s Othello In Othello, Act IV, scene ii and iii, Emilia, Iago’s wife, reveals her opinion about relationships to the reader as she attempts to comfort Desdemona. She indefinitely believes that many men, as well as women, are frequently guilty of deception and betrayal of their partner. By this part of the play, Othello’s suspicions of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness have greatly increased, and he begins to accuse her of cheating on him....   [tags: Othello Essays] 578 words
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Iago's Mind in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago's Mind in William Shakespeare's Othello In Shakespeare’s play Othello, the character of Iago takes on the role of a person warped within his own thoughts and feelings. Although people today have the benefit of psychology, back in the 1600s people with severe psychological disorders were left un-medicated and free to roam as citizens of society. Although Iago would have benefited from medication of today, in his mind he was the best, even though his own imagination got the better of him and fed his own misguided mentality....   [tags: Iago Psychology Shakespeare Othello Essays] 1491 words
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Othello: Characters Bring About Their Own Demise. - As in almost all tragedies, especially those of William Shakespeare, the tragic hero always runs into misfortune. The play Othello is no exception. In this play, every character acquainted with the tragic hero appears to be unfortunate. While these misfortunes are oddly related to Othello, are they his fault or did each character attract them out of their own actions. To answer this daunting question, one must consider the three most unfortunate characters: Othello, Desdamona and Roderigo and analyse their downfall which eventually lead to their deaths....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello] 1138 words
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Female Characters in William Shakespeare's Othello - Female Characters in William Shakespeare's Othello Throughout history, women’s place and role in society has vastly changed, as well as their sexuality. In the Victorian era, it was considered abnormal for women to masturbate or feel pleasure from sexual intercourse with her husband. They were led to believe that they were sick, and thus went to their doctor who would “rid” them of their “fever” through vaginal stimulation. The patriarchal society did not want women to know or understand their sexuality because that would give them power and control over their bodies....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Women Essays] 2131 words
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Custom Written Term Papers: The Role of Women in Othello - The Role of Women in Othello At the beginning of Othello two men stand and discuss the fate of a woman. One contested for her and lost and the other willingly admits to her beauty, charm and worth. Both men wish to bring down the man who has won her, Desdemona, and slander her name nonetheless. This man, their rival and superior is none other than Othello. Othello has managed to obtain something they could not; Desdemona. Throughout the play Desdemona is rarely viewed as a human being, she is merely a prize, and from the very beginning Desdemona is an object of lust....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Free Othello Essays: Four Faces of Man - Four Faces of Man in Othello   The four main characters in the play Othello represent four different character traits of manhood: Roderigo, the failure; Othello, the hero, yet the insane lover; Cassio, the noblemen; and Iago, the villain, yet the strongest character of the play.       Of these four characters Roderigo reveals the weakest character traits. Iago effortlessly profits from Roderigo’s deficiency in a intelligence, in fact Iago himself said he would not waste time and effort on “such a snipe”(I iii 387) except for “sport and profit.” Towards the end of the play Roderigo reveals some traits that might classify him as a man with a spine....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 538 words
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Free College Essays - The Setting of Venice in Shakespeare's Othello - The Setting of Venice in Othello Othello is a fundamentally different character to all others in the play [1]. He is an outsider to Venice and therefore an outsider to the customs and society of Venice. In one way this is good for him. He is a renowned strong general who is much in demand from the Venetians. Rather than fight the war against the Turks for themselves, they hire Othello to do so, indicating that he is respected by the Venetians but not considered, as a civilized Venetian would be, above having to fight wars barbarically....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 1224 words
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Free Soliloquies Essay - Othello’s Soliloquy - Analysis of Othello’s Soliloquy During Othello’s soliloquy in Scene 3, ll. 299-318, Shakespeare uses the literary devices of imagery, symbolism, and antithesis to develop the state of mind of Othello during this strenuous time in his life. Othello, who seems to intrinsically believe that as a public figure he is fated to be unsuccessful at marriage, is torn between his love for Desdemona and the possibility that she is having an affair with Michael Cassio. This particular passage comes at a juncture after he denies that this could be true, and before he is finally convinced of his wife's infidelity....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 445 words
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Free College Essays - Use of Imagery in Shakespeare's Othello - Use of Imagery in Othello   In William Shakespeare's Othello, the use of imagery and metaphors is significant in conveying meaning as it helps to establish the dramatic atmosphere of the play and reinforce the main themes. Through this, the audience is able to grasp a better understanding of the play. Throughout Othello, images relating to poison frequently occur. These references are predominantly made by Iago. This seems appropriate for Iago who exhibits the characteristics of poison; they being fatal and deadly....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 645 words
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Custom Written Term Papers: Othello’s Feminine Perspective - Othello’s Feminine Perspective        The audience finds in Othello, Shakespeare’s tragic drama, the feminine perspective on life in general and on various aspects of life. These feminine perspectives from the three lady-characters are not consistent and uniform among the ladies. Let’s consider them in this paper.   Alvin Kernan’s “Othello: an Introduction” explains the protagonist’s delayed conversion to the feminine perspective:   His willingness to speak of what he has done – in contrast to Iago’s sullen silence – is a willingness to recognize the meaning of Desdemona’s faith and chastity, to acknowledge that innocence and love do exist, and that therefore The City can stand, th...   [tags: Othello essays]
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William Shakespeare's Othello as a Classic Tragic Hero -          Simply defined, a tragedy always entails the downfall of the protagonist. As a common standard in tragedy, the protagonist, or "tragic hero" is of high standing who is faced with some opposing force whether internal or external. "Tragedy is the imitation of an action; and an action implies personal agents, who necessarily possess certain distinctive qualities both of character and thought; for it is by these that we qualify actions themselves, and these- thought and character- are the two natural causes from which actions spring, and on actions, again all success or failure depends...." This excerpt from Aristotle's Poetics illustrates an aspect of tragedy upon which many works,...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Free College Essays - Character Analysis of Othello - Character Analysis of Othello In the play Othello, the character of Othello has certain traits which make him seem naive and unsophisticated compared to many other people. This is why Iago, to get his just rewards uses him as a scapegoat. Iago told Roderigo, " O,sir, content you. I follow him [Othello] to serve my turn upon him "(I, i lines 38-9). Iago is saying, he only follows Othello to a point, and upon reaching it he will not follow him any longer. Iago has opened my eyes to see the real meaning of deceit....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 1308 words
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Iago’s Use of Language and Villainous Behavior in Shakespeare’s Othello - Iago’s Use of Language and Villainous Behavior in Shakespeare’s Othello In Othello, Shakespeare forms the villainous character, Iago through his complex language. Iago shows his evil nature towards Roderigo through his use of demeaning animal imagery. Iago also uses an extended metaphor to try and trick the ignorant Roderigo and (unknowingly to Roderigo), insults him. Lastly, Iago uses repetition to beguile Roderigo to keep paying him. Iago’s slyness is clearly seen through his deceiving language towards the end of Act I....   [tags: Othello Essays] 534 words
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Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and Othello: Shylock vs Iago - The Merchant of Venice and Othello: Shylock vs Iago        Shakespeare's use of timeless themes make his works relevant to the modern reader.  His two plays "The Merchant of Venice" and "Othello" deal with the seeking of revenge and forbidden love.  In "The Merchant of Venice," Shylock, the main character, is a Jew who loans money and charges interest.  Shylock has an enemy named Antonio who also loans money to people, but without interest.  Iago is a character in "Othello" who has been passed over for a position as Othello's right hand man.  He feels that he deserves the position not the person who received it, Cassio.  Both of these characters want revenge from the people whom they per...   [tags: Othello, Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Pride and the Tragic Hero in Oedipus Rex and Othello - Pride and the Tragic Hero in Oedipus Rex and Othello     Pride is one of the seven deadly sins. Most proud people will never consider themselves to be truly proud until they come face to face with the consequences of their pride. Sophocles and Shakespeare both address this dilemma in their plays Oedipus Rex and Othello. Through their nobility, their tragic flaws, the fall these flaws cause, and the suffering and wisdom they derive from these falls, Oedipus and Othello reveal the true character of the tragic hero and show the devastating consequences of pride....   [tags: Othello Oedipus Rex Shakespeare Sophocles]
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Lying vs. Truth-Telling in Genesis, Othello, and The Lie - Lying vs. Truth-Telling in Genesis, Othello, and The Lie As children we are taught to always tell the truth in every situation. Catchy clichés such as "the truth will set you free" are used to reinforce honesty in our minds. However, is it possible that lying can further your success in life, more so than honesty. Literary evidence seems to support this. Even the Bible offers stories of lying and cheating without consequence. Three literary works–the book of Genesis, William Shakespeare’s Othello, and Sir Walter Ralegh’s poem The Lie–offer support that, perhaps, the truth is not always what it’s cracked up to be....   [tags: Genesis Othello Lie Lying Essays] 1135 words
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Free College Essays - When Honor is Gone in Shakespeare's Othello - Othello: When Honor is Gone, What is Left?  This is the question we ask ourselves while reading Shakespeare’s Othello.  Throughout the play Iago’s mission is revealed as trying to strip Othello of all honor, and reduce him to his bestial state.  Iago sees Othello as a beat from the beginning of the play and is determined to expose him to everyone. In order for the world to see what Iago already views Othello as, Iago intends to persuade Othello to violate his code of honor; the honor which is the only thing that separates the beasts from the men....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 481 words
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Othello’s Themeland - Othello’s Themeland        Built on a broad base of multiple themes, Othello is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular  tragedies. Let’s sift through the themes and try to rank them in significance.   In the Introduction to The Folger Library General Reader’s Shakespeare, Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar consider the arch-villainy of the ancient to be the most potent theme:   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 Themeland - Othello’s  Themeland         Built on a broad base of multiple themes, Othello is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular  tragedies. Let’s sift through the themes and try to rank them in significance.   In the Introduction to The Folger Library General Reader’s Shakespeare, Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar consider the arch-villainy of the ancient to be the most potent theme:   Othello avoids all irrelevancies and the action moves swiftly from the first scene to the denouement....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello’s Diabolism - Othello’s Diabolism        In Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, there is present through most of the play such an overwhelming amount of evil that the audience can scarcely remain undisturbed.   Alvin Kernan’s “Othello: an Introduction” explains the diabolism existing under the name of “honest Iago”:   “Honest Iago” conceals beneath the exterior of the plain soldier and blunt, practical man of the world a diabolism so intense as to defy rational explanation – it must be taken like lust or pride as simply a given part of human nature, an anti-life spirit which seeks the destruction of everything outside the self....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello’s Heroism - Othello’s Heroism       Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello treats the audience to considerable heroism, not only from the hero and heroine but also from unexpected characters.   Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello,  explains how the consensus of the characters in the drama testify to the heroism of the general:   The testimony of all the main characters in the play is decisive. Brabantio loved him; Lodovico speaks of him as ‘the noble Moor’ ‘once so good’; Cassio, who has good cause to hate him, addresses him as ‘Dear General’ and speaks his epitaph: ‘he was great of heart’....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Free College Essays - The Father/Daughter Conflict in Shakespeare's Othello - Othello: The Father/Daughter Conflict Brabantio, father of Desdemona in William Shakespeare's "Othello," is not happy that his daughter is marrying the title character. This father/daughter conflict impacts the work significantly by foreshadowing the climax, giving antagonist Iago material for his evil plot. Brabantio is a Venetian Senator with definite ideas on the subject of his daughter. He wants to choose a husband for her who he feels is of her caliber and who can provide her a good life, as well as raise the family's esteem in Venetian society....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 481 words
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Othello: Metaphor and Contrast in Lines 299-318 in Act III, Scene iii - Metaphor and Contrast in Lines 299-318 in Act III, Scene iii of Othello Othello’s feelings toward Desdemona are vacillating. He loathes her for her infidelity and, at the same time, he is devoted to the faithful Desdemona he once knew. These conflicting emotions are developed using a mixture of metaphor and contrast. This fellow's of exceeding honesty And knows all (qualities) with a learned spirit Of human dealings. If I do prove her haggard, Thoguht that her jesses were my dear heartstrings, I'd whistle her off and let her down the wind To prey at fortune....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 743 words
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Free College Essays - Roles of Cassio, Roderigo, and Brabantio in Shakespeare's Othello - Roles of Cassio, Roderigo, and Brabantio in Othello    From Shakespeare's play Othello, this paper will be discussing the roles    of Cassio, Roderigo and Brabantio, and their functions.    First, Cassio. Cassio is an honourable lieutenant and a soldier, who is    very loyal and caring towards his commanding officer, Othello, as shown    in one of many places, act two scene one line 45-48 when he is concerned    about Othello's well being because he has been lost at sea and says: Thanks, you the valiant of this warlike isle, That so approve the Moor....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 888 words
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Twenty First Century Morals Make William Shakespeare's Othello Outdated - Twenty First Century Morals Make William Shakespeare's Othello Outdated I will be exploring the different views held by both Emilia and Desdemona on the subject of men and women’s moral and social status. Ideas of the contrast between men and women run throughout ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare and analysing the two leading female characters will enable us to understand this to a greater extent. I shall analyse and compare these two characters in order to make a conclusion about whether or not this play is outdated....   [tags: William Shakespeare's Othello] 1059 words
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Critical Analysis of Iago's Soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 3 of Othello by William Shakespeare - Critical Analysis of Iago's Soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 3 of Othello by William Shakespeare Iago’s second soliloquy is very revealing. It shows him shaping a plan out of the confusion of his emotionally charged thoughts. Iago examines his own thoughts, especially his hatred for Othello: “The Moor, howbeit that I endure him not” He is also suffering from the “poisonous mineral” of jealousy that still swirls around the rumour that Othello has slept with Emilia. Iago could get his revenge by seducing Desdemona: “Now I do love her too … But partly led to diet my revenge, for that I do suspect the lusty Moor Hath leaped into my seat, the thought whereof doth like a po...   [tags: Othello by William Shakespeare] 684 words
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Othello by Shakespeare - Many centuries have passed and almost everything has changed except one and that is discrimination . Discrimination is everywhere in the world, whether it is of caste, creed or color but it exists. It varies from place to place, country to country and from civilization to civilization but it exists. There are so many laws to stop it. But, it exists and it will exist no matter how hard we try to abolish it until there are a majority and a minority of people in imp this world. In Othello there is discrimination with Othello on the basis of his color and in The Importance of Being Earnest there is discrimination of class with Jack....   [tags: Discrimination, Literary Analysis]
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Othello and Desdemona - In Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello and Desdemona’s marriage was doomed from the start. They did not start well; their marriage was controversial because of their race and Othello’s failure to follow proper etiquette while he was courting her. However these issues could have been overcome with time. The biggest problem is Othello’s attitude to Desdemona. Othello’s model of Desdemona prevents him from considering her a person. He thinks of her instead as superior to himself in every way, to the point that she is a god....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare, Marriage] 1129 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago and Othello - Iago and Othello          In Shakespeare's Othello, the character Iago, Othello's lieutenant, is the cause of all the tragedy which comes to pass as the play progresses. Iago is the antagonist of the play, but rather than being the direct opponent to the tragic hero, Iago is a manipulator, opposing Othello not directly but through other characters whom he tricks into acting for him. In the first scene of the play, Iago gives the audience warning that he is not all that he seems when he says, "I am not what I am." (I,i,65) He is first seen in this scene appearing to help Roderigo, a suitor to Desdemona, who has run off with Othello, the Moorish general of the Venician army....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 697 words
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Othello in William Shakespeare's Othello - Othello in William Shakespeare's Othello Othello, one of the exemplary plays written by the legendary play writer William Shakespeare, truly contains all the elements of an excellent, effective, and emotional play. Although there are numerous aspects that contributed to the play’s success, one of the most crucial and valuable aspects of Othello was the use of the character Iago. Iago is a typical two-faced villain, also known as “Machiavel” in Shakespeare’s time because he never let anything stand in his way in his quest for power....   [tags: Papers] 371 words
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Othello in Shakespeare's Tragedy Othello - William Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic techniques and his use of hyperbole are used to describe the characters emotions and weaknesses. The use of dramatic irony is used to create personal conflict. This is done throughout the play to describe the characters concerns and their situations. Othello is a character of which he believes he has high standards and is a strong character, but yet his love for Desdemona becomes a great weakness which causes conflict later in the play. Othello can be described as an isolated Moor, who competes in society with all whites, which makes him seem inferior to the crowd....   [tags: essays research papers] 652 words
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Othello - Introduction In Venice, Othello and Desdemona secretly get married. Iago says that he “does hate the moor” and plans to get revenge because he wasn’t promoted to Lieutenant. Iago and Roderigo wake Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, to tell him that a “black ram is tupping his white ewe.” Brabantio confronts Othello, who explains that he and Desdemona love each other, Brabantio warns that if she can betray her own father, she will betray Othello. Lots of the characters go to Cyprus, to fight in the war....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1522 words
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Othello - Othello by William Shakespeare is a play about a black general who is alone in being black. No one else in either Venice or Cyprus is from Africa as the Moorish Othello is. In fact, with such a high position in the Venetian military, Othello appears to fit right into the role as general; his race is almost of an invisible quality. His race seems invisible because his nobility and the respect others have for him transcend the mistreatment that he might receive in being so physically different. However, this play is not free of racism or noticing race and its connotations....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1978 words
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Othello - 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, hate, jealousy and trust (Feather, p....   [tags: Shakespeare, English literature]
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The Colors of Othello - The Colors of Othello In Shakespeare's Othello, color imagery consistently appears throughout the text. The colors, specifically black, white, and red, create symbolic and metaphoric meanings which contribute to larger themes such as racial prejudice, good versus evil, sexuality, and murder. The colors evoke images in the characters' minds, particularly Othello's. These images, along with their corresponding idea or theme, influence the actions of the characters, culminating in the murder of Desdemona by Othello....   [tags: Research Papers]
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The Character of Othello - The Character of Othello As the play progresses, Othello’s character goes through many changes which happen as a result of him falling victim to Iago’s evil schemes. At first he is introduced as an army general who is respected for what he does but still discriminated against for being black. Othello is a victim to racism throughout the play. He is often referred to as “the Moor” even by his beloved Desdemona and is also called by more offensive terms. Iago uses animal imagery in referring to Othello as an “old black ram”....   [tags: Papers] 625 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - In everyones life there is always the one person who you think you can trust, and later come to find that they have been playing you all along. This is the exact case for Othello. Iago, whom Othello thought was a person he could trust, betrayed him in many horrific ways.As you read the famous Shakespearian play, Othello, the Moor of VeniceI, you come to realise pretty quickly that Iago is the evil charecter in this play. The readers do not actually get to see a good side of Iago, if there is any, because he is constantly using and playing people....   [tags: Character Analysis, Play, Shakespeare]
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Othello's Flaws - Making mistakes are part of everyday life. Whether it is turning down the wrong road while driving or choosing the wrong answer on a test, humans will not be perfect. But there are situations where decisions affect significant consequences on life that can determine life and death. Failure is not always a harmful outcome. Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed”. Failure is a flaw that can cause other events to occur because of it....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Othello Analysis - The tragedy of Othello, written by William Shakespeare, presents the main character Othello, as a respectable, honorable, and dignified man, but because of his insecurities and good nature, he is easily taken advantage of and manipulated by his peers and alleged friends. The dynamic of Othello’s character significantly changes throughout the play. The contrast is most pronounced from the beginning of the play to its conclusion, switching from being calm and peaceful to acts of uncontrolled venomous rage....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Analysis of Othello - Analysis of Othello Othello begins on a street in Venice, in the midst of an argument between Roderigo, a rich man, and Iago. Roderigo has been paying Iago to help him in his suit to Desdemona. But Roderigo has just learned that Desdemona has married Othello, a general whom Iago begrudgingly serves as ensign. Iago says he hates Othello, who recently passed him over for the position of lieutenant in favor of the inexperienced soldier Michael Cassio. Unseen, Iago and Roderigo cry out to Brabanzio that his daughter Desdemona has been stolen by and married to Othello, the Moor....   [tags: Papers] 1385 words
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Othello and Cymbeline - Othello and Cymbeline Othello was a play by Shakespeare. He wrote it about a "mercenary" who thinks that his wife is not faithful. Othello is the main character in Othello, who likes his wife but then, by the end of the play, most decidedly does not like her. In fact, he kills her when she's sleeping, but afterwards when she wakes up, she dies. Cymbeline is not about Othello, but it does have some of what I like in Othello in it. Here's what it has that's the same: Posthumus is like Othello....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 466 words
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Othello - Othello In William Shaspeare play Othello, Iago make Othello believe that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. He does by taking advantage of any situation to make of Othello doubt. Iago make Othello thing a lot of crazy thing on his head, Othello got so jelous leading him to kill his own wife, Desdemona, satisfying iago obseccion for revenge. The Reason why Iago develop such as evil plan is because Iago suspect that Othello is having an affair with his wife Emilia. He cited when he said "And it is thought abroad that 'twist my sheets he's done my office." The irony behind this line is that he then says, "I know not if't be true, but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if f...   [tags: English Literature Essays] 789 words
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Othello - The definition of a tragic hero is that an individual who has a mixture of admirable qualities and a tragic flaw which proves fatal. This suggests Othello is a tragic hero, though qualities such as nobility in thoughts or actions do not consistently portray Othello throughout the play. Despite his brave reputation as a soldier and characteristics of trusting and caring initially with Desdemona, his weaknesses in both his own character and his vulnerability to Iago¡¦ s lies, and the decision of killing Desdemona at last do not make Othello sufficiently noble in thought or action to attain the status of a tragic hero....   [tags: essays research papers] 1296 words
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Othello - Othello Othello is a distinct and extremely debated tragic play of Shakespeare’s. Beginning even with his selection of characters, his decision to make a black man a tragic hero, at this time this was bold and original, by accent tradition blackness was associated with sin and death. Any play that preceded Othello at this time, the black character’s were generally villainous. The main characters of this tragic story are a Moor of Venice (Othello), his Venetian wife (Desdemona. Shakespeare also invented several other characters, including Rogerigo, a young disappointed suitor of Desdemona, and Brabanzio, Desdemona’s father, who greatly opposes her marriage to Othello this second layer of...   [tags: essays research papers] 1433 words
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Othello - Jealousy is what made most of Iagos plans a success. Iago was the bad guy and Othello was the good guy, and everybody else that was affected didn’t do anything to deserve it. Iago was the mastermind that planed everybody’s painful death. Iago lies to Casio to try to make Othello kind of disbelieving in Desdemona and think that she is with Casio. Othello gave his wife Desdemona a handkerchief that his dead mother gave to him. Then Iago planned to get that handkerchief and he did succeed, he got it from Emilia who falls for Iagos trick....   [tags: essays research papers] 430 words
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Othello - After reading Shakespeare’s play OTHELLO you have to ask yourself is Othello as much a victim as he is a murderer. An assumption may be that because Othello kills his wife after the devious behavior of Iago, then maybe Othello is a victim of Iago’s evil. Some may argue that the sin of Iago to plot the down fall of the moor, is worse because it becomes a calculating mind compared to Othello’s sin because he has become a pawn in Iago’s hands. However, it is noticed that Othello allows himself to be manipulated....   [tags: essays research papers] 983 words
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Othello - Books related to Othello Othello - The protagonist and tragic hero of the play. A Moor commanding the armies of Venice, he is a celebrated general and heroic figure whose "free and open nature" will enable Iago to twist his love for his wife Desdemona into a powerful jealousy. Desdemona - The daughter of a Venetian Senator, and Othello's bride. The most sympathetic character in the play, she is deeply in love with her husband, and her purity contrasts strongly with Iago's wickedness. Iago - Othello's ensign, and Shakespeare's greatest villain....   [tags: essays research papers] 3180 words
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Othello - In William Shakespeare's Othello there is a wide array of themes. One of the themes, which is found true to nearly every character, is of the act of control throughout the play. Another theme portrayed through Iago, is the recurring use of words such as "monkey", "lion", etc. in "romantic" conversation. &#9;In Othello, characters such as Roderigo, Brabantio, Desdemona, etc. at one point of the play believe that they have complete control over another character or situation only to find that the person or situation is uncontrollable....   [tags: essays research papers] 1057 words
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Othello - "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 not of heroic stature and the dramatic action is interpersonal rather than universal....   [tags: European Literature] 765 words
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othello - 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 devises that William Shakespeare uses in this play help us understand the many themes and symbols in the play....   [tags: essays research papers] 589 words
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othello - jealousy In the play Othello, jealousy is shown to be very evident through the actions of the characters. Jealousy is an emotion that everyone shares, and it is ultimately responsible for the tragic ending of the play. Everyone feels jealous at certain times of their lives, and this feeling can cause people to do irrational things. This human emotion also shows people to be weak in the sense that they are never happy with what they have. Shakespeare shows through Othello, Iago, Roderigo, and Brabantio that jealousy is the most corrupt and destructive emotion....   [tags: essays research papers] 534 words
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Othello - Othello. Othello is the title of the character and play that we all studied earlier this semester. However, it is Othello the character that I intend to discuss. Othello is the husband to the beautiful and innocent Desdemona, whom he murders because the villainous and honest Iago has misled him. A Moorish general in Venice, a society plagued with racism and where adultery is neither condemned nor approved of, Othello is in the midst of a society that will hinder and not support his progress. The central theme of the drama is the alteration of a noble lover to a raving killer, under the influence of the deliberate connivance of his aide, Iago, who convinces him that his wife is having a lov...   [tags: essays research papers] 1025 words
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Othello - "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 a key role in the play....   [tags: essays research papers] 458 words
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Othello - Emotional Destruction The tragedy Othello, was written in a time of great racial tensions in England. According to Eldred Jones, in 1600 just three years before Othello was written, Queen Elizabeth proclaimed an order for the transportation of all "negars and blackmoores" out of the country . It is in this manner that Shakespeare began the masterpiece of Othello, a drama about a noble black Arab general, Othello, who falls in love with and marries, Desdemona, a young white daughter of a senator....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Othello - Without Trust, Love Cannot Prevail Trust can be defined as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something (Webster’s 1246). In life many people are faced with the decision on who or who not to trust, especially in the realm of love. Trust is one of the main factors needed to determine a healthy, loving relationship. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the main character Othello is unable to trust his new bride Desdemona. In act one, scene three, Desdemona professes her love for Othello in front of her father, as well as the court....   [tags: essays research papers] 1184 words
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Othello - “Othello”, by William Shakespeare, is a story of jealousy’s potential to manipulate thoughts and eventually lead to ultimate demise. The key to extremely detrimental jealousy lies within one’s ability to recognize it or deny it. It seems that the important theme of “Othello” is that if jealousy is not recognized and immediately dealt with, it receives a head start to commence the process of rotting away all normal human reason. Othello’s speech in Act III scene iii beginning with line 178 is the first and most important indicator of the trouble ominously looming on Othello’s horizon....   [tags: essays research papers] 645 words
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othello - Othello, Moorish commander of the armed forces of Venice, had secretly married Desdemona, the much younger daughter of the respected Senator Brabantio. Capitalizing on this news, Othello's ensign, Iago, who had earlier professed his desires to Desdemona without receiving her love in return, sought revenge. Also passed over for promotion as Othello's new lieutenant chief of staff, the Moor having chosen instead a loyal Florentine, Michael Cassio, Iago now devised a scheme to rid himself of these sorry reminders of his own failings....   [tags: essays research papers] 1500 words
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othello - The play, Othello was written by William Shakespeare in the later years of his career. Giraldi Cinthios, Tale of a Moor, based Othello on a story that was a mellow Drama, about a moor and his doubts about his wife’s fidelity. In Shakespeare’s play the Moor (Othello) convinced by his jealous aid (Iago) that his wife (Desdemona) is not Being faithful. Iago’s jealousy is motivated by his anger when he learns that Cassio of Florentine has been appointed Governor of Cyprus. He felt that he deserved this promotion and vowed to seek revenge against Othello....   [tags: essays research papers] 864 words
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Othello - The Significance of Othello’s Ethnicity. In William E. Cain’s essay, “The Triumph of Will,” he clearly states, as is represented by James that Othello’s race is not an issue in the play. I strongly agree with James and believe that if Othello’s skin was white it would not affect the outcome of the play at all. Desdemona’s marriage to any other man, black or white, would have been just as upsetting to Barbantio and Roderigo, and in this paper I will further discuss my reasoning. As I have mentioned in the introduction, the outcome of the play would have been exactly the same whether or not Desdemona’s husband in the play happened to be black or white....   [tags: essays research papers] 722 words
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Othello - (II, i, 176-178, p.71) IAGO (To himself) He takes her by the hand. Yes, very good, whisper to her. With This little web, I’ll catch 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....   [tags: essays research papers] 1053 words
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Othello - One of the most interesting and exotic characters in the tragic play "Othello," by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. At first glance, Iago seems to be the essence of "motiveless malignity." However, despite Iago's unquestionable malignancy, the motivation behind his actions lie more in Iago's quest for personal gain, as opposed to just being evil for evil's sake. Iago's rapacity can be validated by examining his manipulation of Roderigo, Cassio and, most importantly, Othello....   [tags: essays research papers] 762 words
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Othello - 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 him into aggravating Cassio, Iago’s rival and into giving him all his money to sway Desdemona....   [tags: essays research papers] 789 words
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Othello - The play Othello by William Shakespeare is based on an Italian story in Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi (Grolier). In Othello we encounter Iago, one of Shakespeare's most evil characters. Iago is an officer in Othello's army and is jealous of Cassio's promotion to Lieutenant. Through deception and appearance, we see unfolded many lies and clever schemes. The astonishing thing about Iago is that he seems to make up his malicious schemes as he goes along without any forethought. Noted writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes Iago's plan as "motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity" (Scott 413)....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1400 words
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Othello - Elliot, T.S. ÒThe Hero Cheering Himself Up.Ó Shakespeare and the Stoicism of Seneca. ED. Leonard F. Dean, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1961. 153-155 In T.S. ElliotÕs essay, ÒThe Hero Cheering Himself Up,Ó he takes the viewpoint that Othello is both influenced by and influences Seneca, the Roman philosopher and author of tragedies. ÒIt is not the Attitude of Seneca; but i is derived from SenecaÓ(153). He also compares Shakespeare to other authors such as Chapman and Marston, who he says were quite influenced by Seneca....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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othello - Women in Othello are very profound. They are very dependent on their men. During the 16th Century, women were traditional and accustomed to being submissive to their men/husband. Desdemona secretly married Othello a “Moor” (a black man). She is devoted to her husband, and respects and obeys his wishes. Even though Othello can be cruel to Desdemona, his wife Desdemona responds to her husband in a way that she gets her point across, and still respects Othello. Women during the 16th century were not highly honored by men....   [tags: essays research papers] 895 words
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Othello - In the Elizabethan times, there was a common belief that all beings belonged to a structure called the &quot;Great Chain of Beings&quot;. At the top of the chain was God, who was the absolute symbol of perfection, followed by angels which had reason, human beings, and then animals, that were full of passion. It was believed that the human being was a mixture of both the angel and the animal, thus there was conflict between these two halves of a human being. The angel was representative of all that was right and virtuous and in contrast, the animal was representative of all that was wrong and self-serving....   [tags: essays research papers] 1080 words
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Othello - There are many literary works that contain villains who play an essential role in the development of the work as a whole. However, I believe that the ultimate villain of this kind is Iago in Shakespeare&#8217;s play, Othello. Through manipulation and scheming, he beguiles the other characters of the novel. In the analysis of Iago&#8217;s character, we find that the true motive for his villainous acts is simply jealousy. Throughout the course of the novel, we are confronted with some of the motives for Iago&#8217;s jealousy....   [tags: essays research papers] 406 words
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Othello: Summary - Othello: Summary *Othello is a tense, closely-knit play, with an ever-increasing emotional scene. The character Iago, Othello's ancient, is the cause of all the tragedy which comes to pass as the play progresses. He is a manipulator, opposing Othello not directly, but through other characters whom he tricks. From his actions throughout the play one sees that Iago was gifted at using other people, to further his own schemes. *Act One, Scene One is the most important because it foreshadows the whole drama....   [tags: essays research papers] 928 words
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