Literature Essay

310 WordsFeb 23, 20132 Pages
Drama is dynamic, over the course of a play the audience's perception of the characters develops and changes as the plot is constructed and unfolded. A good playwright will create an impression for each of the individual characters and then as twists in the plot develop they manipulate the character's attitudes and manner to show the psychological effects of controversy. In William Shakespeare's Othello many of the characters change in their beliefs and mannerisms, but none more so than the protagonist, Othello. Our initial perception of Othello comes from Iago, the mastermind between the developments in the plot. In his opening conversation with Roderigo, Othello is portrayed as a barbaric and uncivilized Negro. When they confront Brabantio this same description is exemplified, Othello comes across as an incontinent savage, an .".. old black ram..." However when Othello is first encountered this portrayal is debunked. The courteous moor is revealed as an honest, noble and distinguished citizen of Venice, he is much admired by the council and a trustworthy General in the Venetian forces. With his calm and dignified manner he is pictured as a superior figure, further developed by his poetic speech, an efficient military commander who is well respected by the state. This complimentary perception of Othello is verified during his confrontation with Brabantio and the following trial before the senate. When Brabantio discovers that his daughter, Desdemona has secretly married Othello he is outraged. When he finds Othello he challenges him to face the council and undergo trial. Unexpectedly Othello graciously accepts and in the following trial displays his confidence and courtesy in his defence. With his poetry Othello manages to prove himself a noble and honest man and remains in high favour of the court. "Your son-in-law is far more fair than

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