Christian Coleman Ms. Zachik AP Lit February 6, 2012 (Dis)honest Iago In Shakespeare’s Othello, honesty (dishonesty) and trust are reoccurring themes that cause the downfall of many. Throughout the play, the word “honest” is used in ironic ways. Take Iago, for example. He represents dishonesty and deceit in society. During the play, he is often referred to as “honest Iago”: “…I play the villain, when this advice is free I give, and honest…” (Act II, Scene iii).
Many of them dislike him through jealousy; only a handful detests him fearing that he will be a tyrant. To assess Caesar’s personality in a correct perspective, it is necessary to keep this background in mind. In the unfolding events of the tragedy, we can see the various elements of Caesar’s character, ranging from his love to his wife and friends to his boastful vanity and arrogance which ultimately pave the way for his own end. Caesar disliked Contemplation of the sequence of events, as unfolding in the play, may be a decent approach for this evaluation. In the opening scene, workers come out on the streets, without going for work, to see Caesar returning to Rome in triumph over Pompey.
But he does. While Hamlet slowly is driven mad by visits from the ghost of his father and the scheming plots of his uncle Claudius, the one thing that actually keeps Hamlet focused and centered are his feelings for Ophelia. Hamlet’s seemingly unreasonable actions and questionable motives toward her are all part of a ruse to fool everybody at court and actually protect her from being used as leverage by the murderous King Claudius. There are several moments where Hamlet professes his love for Ophelia in moments where he didn’t have to, which in my opinion point to where his heart really lies. Let’s explore the moments within the text where Hamlet actually used his smarts to trick the other conniving characters into thinking that he didn’t love Ophelia and was going insane instead.
Much Ado About Nothing Love Story Shakespeare My first impression of Much Ado About Nothing is that it would be a love story. Although it is categorised as a Shakespearean comedy, I found the many "funny" parts of the play were foggy and required you to read the scene over a few times before you understood them. But then again, I had to read the whole scene over again a few times to understand anything. All of the characters in Much Ado About Nothing seemed to develop a personality of their own from the very first scene. It also helped that I saw the movie version of Much Ado About Nothing before we read the play so I could almost get a picture in my head as to what each character looked like.
When Romeo complains about his love towards Rosaline, Mercutio tells him to stop moaning about it “If love be rough with you, be rough with love; Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down” (Romeo and Juliet Act: 1 Scene: 4). Mercutio is also hostile towards female sexuality in general for example when he is fooling around with the nurse or when he describes Rosaline’s body. Mercutio´s dislike towards the female genre could be said to be signs of being misogynist (women hater). His sexual jokes are all were the play. Mercutio is essential to the play he is the Prince´s kinsman, but above all he is Romeo´s best friend and his intimate.
As Iago ends Act 1 with his soliloquy, we become sure that dishonesty is one of his most revered qualities. People may be good or bad or right or wrong, but we’re all just individuals made up of different parts. Some parts unique, but some are evidence of our inherent idiosyncrasy, proof that we’re all citizens of the world. Being maniacally brilliant, Iago lies to and manipulates the characters in Othello with hardly a second thought. He’s remarkably cunning at how he gets where he wants to go.
Blindness and Insight: Torvald’s Tragedy of Pride Pride has been the cause of many conflicts through the ages of time. It is said, that at the center of every conflict is a man’s pride. Pride is a human nature that clouds the thoughts and controls the emotions of people. Pride builds barriers of arrogance and vanity that blinds people of seeing what is really going on around them. In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the pride of Torvald blinded Torvald, and gave him a sense of manhood and superiority over Nora throughout the play until his pride was put to the test, and in doing so, revealed a weak and desperate man.
Olivia also had her identity mistaken by her brother's best friend antonio. Viola said that she had no idea who he was and Antonio, still believing her to be Sebastian, rightfully got very angry and upset because he had considered sebastian as a good and loyal friend. This case of mistaken identity caused hurt feelings and confusion to those involved. Unlike the other cases of mistaken identity , this one had no humor purpose this incident is an interesting and more serious part of the play, which involves another mistake over Viola's identity. As a final summary, I think mistaken identity is a very important aspect of Twelfth Night: it provides humour, complications and interesting twists to the play.
“Waiting For Godot” Friendships can mean a lot to someone when ending in survival, in the play Waiting for Godot; the two main characters Vladimir and Estragon connect with one another when discussing about Godot (God). This book shows fear of loneliness and it is hard for the men to connect with their friendships in the beginning and gets better throughout the book. There is a problem that keeps the characters apart which varies from physical disgust to ego to a fear of others suffering. Defining oneself allows for strong relationships to grow. Waiting for Godot demonstrates that by finding that many of our needs can be satisfied by us, our friendships can be self-giving rather than needy and not lively.
There may seem to be many motivations for villains throughout the times but as we study these scoundrels we find that generally they are motivated by pure jealousy, or a need of superiority. They utilize manipulation, both physically and mentally in order to achieve their goals and show a lack of remorse. Stephan King’s “Misery”, provides us with a very graphical depiction in Annie Wilkes a sadistic, mentally unstable retired nurse, who has a desire for power and control. Annie goes to tortuous extremes on her captive Paul Sheldon to realize this. Iago from Shakespeare’s play Othello is also a power hungry villain who enjoys having people under his control, he is driven by extreme jealousy and the motivation, revenge.