In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, one would infer that the main character is Othello himself. However the argument could be made that Iago plays that role successfully, through his greed, manipulation and amorality. It is those characteristics that make Iago the perfect catalyst for this story line. He uses his linguistic prowess to influence others, for the sole purpose of advancing his own goals. At the same time he is directing the rest of the cast down a dark and tragic path.
The Choragus’s Effectiveness in “Antigone” By Deja Richards Sometimes, the people we know for just a season may play the biggest roles in our lives. The Choragus in the play “Antigone” by Sophocles is a great example of someone who impacts the decisions of others. Without the Choragus, much of the story’s conflicting moments would be lost or never solved. He really helped me see a different side of Creon, and also gave Creon a chance to change and grow as a character. The Choragus’s unbiased suggestions and wise tactics added dramatic irony to the story.
Iago’s Motive Possibly the greatest villain in Shakespearean history is Iago. He is ruthless, fascinating, and a powerful character able to manipulate those around him easily. He does not only act upon his evil intentions, he also speaks them in his numerous soliloquies. While Iago is quite crude in his language he surprisingly uses the word “love” five times in his soliloquy at the end of Act II scene 1. While contemplating his plan, he says, “That Cassio loves her, I do well believe it; / That she loves him, ‘tis apt and of great credit: / The Moor, howbeit that I endure him not, / Is of a constant, loving, noble nature; / And I dare think he’ll prove to Desdemona/ A most dear husband.
THE DOWNFALL OF OTHELLO AS CAUSED BY IAGO Iago is one of Shakespeare s most intriguing and credible villains. Iago can be perceived as either evil or brilliant in his plans to be deemed lieutenant. As the villain in Othello , Iago has two main actions: to plot and to deceive. Iago is mad that Cassio was chosen to be lieutenant instead of himself. From this anger comes the main conflict of the play.
In Shakespeare’s play, “Othello”, the character Iago is no different from those characteristics deceptive individuals. Behind his facade as a trustworthy ensign and friends, Iago multilayered, deceptive and manipulative villain, concocting chaos and causing mishaps to other characters for revenge. Iago uses his deft and astute strategic acts of manipulation to undermine each character’s weaknesses. He exploits Roderigo’s love for Desdemona, Cassio under the guise of friendships, and toys with Othello’s mind by playing on his self-doubt. Evidently, Iago manipulates the people around him by using their weaknesses, Roderigo’s naivete, Cassio’s trusting nature, and Othello’s insecurity, against them.
By the mass, I was about to say something! Where did I leave?” (2.1.49). Polonius even admits to himself his own fickleness, the fickleness of an old wayward mind. All fools must be somewhat funny as well. Polonius, although not very witty, makes comical observations such as when the first player is
In Shakespeare’s play, ‘King Lear’, we are shown an array of characters that are multi-dimensional and extremely complex. Shakespeare has the ability to reveal a human character with an exceptional use of language. The three characters that I believe have large roles and functions within the play are, understandably, King Lear himself, The Fool, and Kent. The Fool acts as Lear's conscience and trusted guide, yet he is also a critic of Lear, a truth teller. In effect this makes a true friend, however some believe it was the Fool's constant remarks that drove Lear to madness.
Also with he should gain as much intelligence as possible about the potential prison break of the king “Lion Heart” before pursuing his involvement. 2. What strategic options does Robin Hood have? Is continuing with the present strategy an option or is the present strategy obsolete? I think the most viable strategy would be to arrange a coup against the king in power and replace him with the king in captivation.
Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare’s most successful plays, and includes some of the most significant lines from soliloquies. Today, people continue to remember some of the character Hamlet’s most important lines, even if they are not familiar with the play. Even though soliloquies are mostly intended to reflect the inner feelings of a character, three in particular from the first half of the play’s exposition mainly contribute to the importance of the development of the plot in Hamlet. The first soliloquy that contributes to the plot in the play is the “O that this too too solid flesh would melt” soliloquy (I, II, 129). The protagonist, Hamlet, speaks this line after discussing his recent troublesome behavior with his mother Gertrude and uncle Claudius.
This fact is seen not only in modern times, but also at various points in history, including in great works of literature. In the play, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare demonstrates, through Brutus, Caesar and Portia, the ways in which one small detrimental character flaw can rapidly lead to one’s demise. Julius Caesar, for example, had one flaw in his otherwise immaculate personality, that is consequently the cause of his downfall. Though the great Roman leader has many admirable qualities of a ruler, such as his intelligence and oratory abilities, his arrogance overpowers his other traits. For instance, when a soothsayer cautions Caesar to “beware of the ides of March,” Caesar’s supercilious character is exposed when he coolly replies, “He is a dreamer, let us leave him.