Othello Essays

  • How Does 'Othello' Present the Struggle Good and Evil Through Binary Opposition?

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    In (IV.2.195) we discover that Emilia responds to Iago's commands repulsively. By betraying her husband's will, she mentally chooses sides between good and evil, justice and tragedy. 'Othello' presents this struggle, secretively interweaving the deceiving plot that makes 'Othello' stand out from the rest of the 'Shakespearean tragedies'. Leading up to

  • In Relation to the First Two Acts of the Play, Discuss Any Character(S) with Whom the Audience Can Sympathize?

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    Iago is a manipulative and sly character, and through revealing his plans against Othello in the first two acts, the audience pity Othello. Additional characters that the audience sympathizes with are Desdemona, Iago and Cassio. Othello chose Cassio to be his lieutenant instead of Iago, and because of this, Iago plans to manipulate Othello into thinking that his wife, Desdemona, is in fact cheating on him with Cassio. The first time Iago mentions his plan, he says, “I follow him to serve my turn upon him” (I.i.44). With this, he means that he plans to serve Othello to the point where he is able to take advantage of him.

  • How Is Othello’s Loss of Control and the Depravity of His Mind Reflected in the Change in His Language?

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    Shakespeare uses the dramatic device of the Machiavel to portray Iago who manipulates Othello in order to prompt jealousy within him. Iago reveals his plot to make the Moor jealous by marring Desdemona’s virtue in the eyes of Othello. As Iago’s plot unveils, Othello begins to descend into a kind of madness and seems to be in two states of mind about Desdemona’s fidelity and is tormented by the information Iago has manipulated. Othello highlights his change in attitudes towards Desdemona explaining that “Her name that was as fresh as Dian’s visage is now begrimed and black as mine own face.” This darkness/light imagery highlights how Othello feel separated to Desdemona by his ‘black’ face. This rapid change in language, portraying Desdemona as his ‘sweet’ Desdemona at the start of the play then later going on to call her an ‘excellent wretch’.

  • Othello Summary Act By Act

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    Othello, the Moor of Venice ACT 1 Scene 1 • In Venice, Roderigo and Iago arguing. • Both hate a man which they are referring to as the Moor (we don’t know his name still). • We know this man is married to Desdemona the daughter of Brabantio a Venetian senator (politician). • Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and has paid Iago (the Moor’s ensign or standard bearer) to help him win her. Roderigo is upset that the Moor has married his beloved Desdemona.

  • Character Analysis - Othello

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    Angela Kennedy ENG-450 Professor 11 Jan. 2013 Topic Analysis - Othello The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare is the story of the tragic protagonist Othello and the antagonist Iago. Iago is dominant throughout the play but the roll of protagonist and antagonist are bound together in Othello more so than in any other of Shakespeare’s plays. It is Iago and his diabolism that ruins Othello’s life, he is described as “a semi secularized devil who employs his comic verve to try destroy his virtuous antagonist” (Greenblatt 1171). The extremely talkative Iago uses his language to manipulate Othello’s rationality; he speaks like Iago, becomes hesitant, and uses shorter less fluid sentences. Examples of this change and this virtual possession of Othello must be analyzed to understand the significance of Iargo’s influence.

  • Othello Bradley Versus Leavis

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    He claims Othello was responsible for his own downfall and demotes Iago to the role of just catalyst. “I told him what I thought and told no more than what he found was apt and true” Equivocations like the witches in Macbeth. Leavis comments on Othello’s perceived ‘self centeredness’ and his ‘pride, sensual possessiveness, appetite and love of loving.’ Quotes to illustrate his pomposity and arrogance, ‘Let him (Brabantio) do his spite (in response to Othello’s rather alarming lack of judgement in secretly marrying a senator’s daughter), my services (things done for Venice) will out-tongue his complaints (over-ride) Desdemona asks, ‘to whom?..with whom?..How?’ (am I a whore?) Othello just responds with ‘Away, away,

  • Summary of Antigone and Othello

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    The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in the year approximately 1603, and based on the short story Un Capitano Moro by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. This tightly constructed work revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his beloved wife, Desdemona; his loyal lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted but unfaithful ensign, Iago. Because of its varied and current themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance, Othello is still often performed in professional and community theatre alike and has been the basis for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations. The play opens with Roderigo, a rich and dissolute gentleman, complaining to Iago, an ensign that Iago has not told him about the secret marriage between Desdemona, the daughter of a Senator named Brabantio, and Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army. He is upset by this development because he loves Desdemona and had asked her father for her hand in marriage.

  • William Shakespeare’s Othello, the Moor of Venice

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    Just like the old saying “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In William Shakespeare’s “Othello, the Moor of Venice” contains several themes, one theme seams to support the ideology of the seeking of Power and its distraction of people through their pursuit of power. In “Othello, the Moor of Venice,” the theme of power is the one that leads me to the assumption of Othello’s standing as the tragic hero. In that the power once held by Othello is stolen or attempted to be stolen by Lago and, Lago’s ability to have control over Othello’s emotions which brings forth the chaos and the distraction of many lives. Bringing us to the end of the story where Lodovico takes control holding all the power leaving Lago to his torture and execution and Othello to be the tragic hero due to the loss of his beloved wife by his own hand and his own death by suicide (Dalberg, J. 1887).

  • Brave New World Research Paper

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    The predominant Shakespeare work in Brave New World is the play Othello. John the Savage most certainly relates to Othello, a soldier who married a Venetian woman, Desdemona, despite the disapproval of society. In Othello’s case, his assistant, Iago, becomes jealous and turns Othello on his new wife and makes Othello kill her. In John’s case, the woman is Lenina and the villain is society. His situation relates to Othello in a sense that he is “an outsider who loves a girl, but whose mind is poisoned against

  • The Tragic Hero of Venice

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    Othello, a general in the Venetian army, secretly marries Desdemona the daughter of Senator Brabantio. Shakespeare’s play if full of jealousy over a woman, revenge, and deception. Some people try to point out that Othello could be a raciest play where everyone is kind of picking of Othello, the main character because he “stole” the love of Roderigo. Some major players in the play, other then Othello and Desdomona, are Iago who is the antagonist and a lower ranking officer in the Army that Othello leads, Cassio is the long time from of Othello who is later promoted to lieutenant, Brabantio is Desdomona’s father and a Venetian Senator, and Roderigo is in love with Desdomona and a secondary antagonist toward Othello. Some of the key elements to the play are Othello’s nobility, his fall from power, and the death of him and Desdemona.

  • Iago; The Sliest Villain In "Othello"

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    His maneuvers are so effective because they flow smoothly. From the very start, Iago's manipulations are driven by the desire to take vengeance to those who anger him. In William Shakespeare's "Othello," Iago's manipulation of Othello serves as the role of evil in all of Venice and Cyprus. Othello rages Iago over the position he gave to Cassio and it is because of this Iago calls for revenge by making Othello murder his wife. In Act 1, Scene 1, Iago and Rodrigo are talking among one another in regards to Othello not choosing Iago as his lieutenant and how Rodrigo longings for Desdemona.

  • Iago as a Villain

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    Final Draft Othello is a play about love and friendships gone wrong. 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 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.

  • Iago the Con

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    The second life Iago ravages is the naïve Desdemona, as he twists her virtues and purity leading to her death by her misguided husband. The third life Iago ruins is his prime target, Othello, as he takes advantage of his poor judgment, professing concern for his General, resulting in his deterioration. Iago is a destructive human being, with a thirst of power. One significant way Iago uses his manipulation on Roderigo is by jealousy, revealing Iago’s consistent abuse of his gullible friend. In the beginning of the play a conversation is heard between Roderigo and Iago.

  • Causes of Othello's Downfall

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    The play Othello, by William Shakespeare, whose setting is initially in Venice and later takes place in Cyprus, narrates the tragedy of a well-known, admired Moor named Othello who caused his own downfall with the help of the seemingly honest Iago and took his own life after realizing his wrongdoings. As previously implied, the antagonist by the name of Iago, possesses a passionate desire to have revenge on Othello for giving the rank of lieutenancy to Cassio, a handsome-looking man who had no experience on the battlefield, when Iago feels that he deserved that position. Cunning Iago who appears to have a positive reputation then devises a plan with the help of his unsophisticated “sponsor,” Roderigo, to not only cause Cassio to lose his status but to delude all characters into believing that he only speaks truths and thus triggered many characters’ deaths, even himself. This tragic resolution enforces the central idea that judging one based on one’s reputation and past is not a wise thing to do, and what led the protagonist or the hero, Othello, to his defeat by Iago, was his flawed personality traits, despite his impeccability as shown in his past. One of the traits that led Othello to his demise was his insecurity of his own self.

  • Othello- The Theme Of Revenge Through Iago

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    They include: Cassio, Bianca, Desdemona, Rodrigo and his wife, Emillia. Iago is angry with Othello because Othello appointed Cassio as lieutenant instead of him. As a result, Iago doesn’t only go after Othello, but also plots to disgrace Cassio. In order to disgrace Cassio, Iago uses Rodrigo to challenge cassio to a dual after he has got him drunk, once this plan succeeds and Cassio is demoted, Iago continues to use Cassio in his plan to avenge Othello. This is done by placing Desdemona’s handkerchief in Cassio’s bedroom.

  • Act 1 Othello

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    Iago explains to Roderigo that he has no respect for Othello beyond what he has to show to further his own revenge “I follow him to serve my turn upon him” (line 41). Iago’s self-conscious faulsness is highly theatrical; he plays a two-faced villain and is also the driving force behind the plot. We learn that Roderigo has been paying Iago to help him win over Desdemona, but he has just learned that she has married Othello a general whom Iago serves as an ensign. The relationship between Roderigo and Iago is somewhat close; but even though Iago tells Roderigo the truth about his character. It is ironic that Roderigo does not suspect him of double crossing or manipulation even tough he knows Iago’s true self.

  • Othello's Great Character That Leads To His Downfall

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    “Othello the Moor of Venice” written by Shakespeare is a tragedy about the downfall of a great soldier blinded by jealousy and love, insecurity and pride. Othello’s characteristics both positive and negative are what eventually lead him to murder is loving wife Desdemona. Othello’s jealousy was caused by Iago’s plot. By “pushing the right buttons” Iago turns the loving husband, Othello, against his wife Desdemona by insinuating that she is having an affair with Cassio, Othello’s Lieutenant and loyal friend. At one point Iago makes a speech in regards to jealousy calling it “the green-eyed monster” putting doubts in Othello’s head.

  • Othello Jealousy Essay

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    Othello, one of the catastrophic tragedies by William Shakespeare, an eminent English poet and playwright, portrays the story of a general in the service of Venice; Othello, is manipulated by his ensign Iago, against his beloved wife Desdemona and his honest and trustworthy lieutenant, Cassio. Throughout the play Shakespeare tries to address the theme “jealousy” by using language techniques such as metaphors, and examples of other characters. He positions the readers in regard to this theme by informing the dangers of Jealousy, and how it can be fuelled by mere circumstantial evidence that can destroy innocent lives. In the play, ’jealousy’ is the main reason which abolishes the lives of the most of characters. A malicious character such as Iago generates jealousy in others ingeniously.

  • Othello Jealousy Essay

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    He mentions “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see:/ She has deceived her father, and may thee" (I, i, 292-293). He means that Desdemona may betray Othello since she has already betrayed her father, and she may turn out to be a slut. And in the end of the play, this jealousy leads Othello to suffocate Desdemona to death. Expressing his jealousy of Othello's marriage to Desdemona, Rodrigo mentions "What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe/ If he can carry't thus!" (I, i, 66-67).

  • Othello Reflection Essay

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    Othello Reflection In Venice, Iago bears a grudge to Othello, because he has chosen Cassio as his lieutenant rather than him. He and Roderigo then inform Barbantio that his daughter, Desdemona is making love with Othello before Othello proves this is not so and Barbantio reluctantly blesses their marriage. Iago begins to plot his revenge against Othello for choosing Cassio. In Cyprus, Iago convinces Roderigo to fight with Cassio to get Cassio in trouble. Governor Montano was pulled into the chaos.