Othello As Romantic Tragedy Essays

  • Negative Emotions In Othello

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    Shakespeare in his drama Othello. In Othello the psychological aspect of two of the key characters, Othello the Moore and Iago, the characters themselves, and the plot all meld beautifully to create a truly stunning and timeless drama. Why do people do what they do? What drives people to commit to actions that they might not normally do? Questions such as these, when answered, can give great insight into a person or character in a well-written work of literature. In Shakespeare’s Othello the reason for many

  • Othello and Desdemona

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    Othello and Desdemona In the play, The Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare really tests our conception as to what love is, and where it can or can't exist. Judging from the relationship between Desdemona and Othello, the play seems to say that marriage based on an innocent romantic love or profane love is bound to fail. Shakespeare is pessimistic about the existence and survival of a true type of love. There is a common thread of betrayal and deceit among his female characters, especially. Othello

  • Othello and Desdemona

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    Othello and Desdemona In the play, The Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare really tests our conception as to what love is, and where it can or can't exist. Judging from the relationship between Desdemona and Othello, the play seems to say that marriage based on an innocent romantic love or profane love is bound to fail. Shakespeare is pessimistic about the existence and survival of a true type of love. There is a common thread of betrayal and deceit among his female characters, especially. Othello

  • Comparison of Romantic Love in Othello and Wuthering Heights

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    Compare the ways in which Shakespeare and Brontë present romantic love within ‘Othello’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ In this essay I'm going to compare the ways in which Shakespeare and Brontë present romantic love in both ‘Othello’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’. In Wuthering Heights the theme of Gothicism runs simultaneously into romanticism. ‘Are you possessed with a devil?’ Catherine torments Heathcliff until the day she dies – and beyond. Importantly, this moment is the only time that Heathcliff confronts

  • Othello Bradley Versus Leavis

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    Othello as admirable, blameless to an extent and not naturally jealous A.C.Bradley 1903/4 Bradley’s view centralises on the admirable upstanding nature of Othello ( and Desdemona). He defends the scrupulousness of Othello and argues that he was not naturally jealous. Naturally this view places most of the blame on Iago as a Machiavellian evil genius. Bradley sees him as a, ‘most romantic hero’, a ‘great poet’ and a man of ‘great openness’ possessing great ‘trustfulness of nature’ He suggests

  • How Is Imagery Used to Conclude the Tragedy of Othello in Act V, Scene Ii

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    How Is Imagery Used to Conclude the Tragedy of Othello in Act V, Scene II Shakespeare uses different types of imagery in Othello. In this particular scene, he uses religious, environmental and mythological imagery to conclude the tragedy in Act V, Scene II as well as the opposing ideas of light and dark. These themes are used to foreshadow the downfall of Othello and to create a more established atmosphere of hopelessness and tragedy for the audience. Shakespeare uses religious imagery a use

  • Othello and Desdemona: the Struggle of an Ill-Fated Marriage

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    Othello and Desdemona: The Struggle of an Ill-Fated Marriage In William Shakespeare’s play entitled “The Tragedy of Othello”, Shakespeare really tests the audience’s notion as to what love is and where it can or cannot exist. Based on the relationship between Desdemona and Othello, the play seems to say that marriage --based on an innocent, romantic love or a sacrilegious one-- is doomed to fail. Shakespeare is quite pessimistic about the reality and persistence of a genuine type of love. There

  • Love Is Dangerous In Shakespearean Plays

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    Statement: Love is the dangerous cause of all the tragedies in both of the plays. A. The meaning of love for individuals a. Desdemona’s evil destiny b. Romeo and Juliet B. Analyzing the effect of love on social basis a. Social structure of Venice b. Social structure of Verona C. Analyzing the tragic effect of love a. Othello and Desdemona b. Romeo and Juliet time, c. Overview of the Romantic tragedies Love is a word that has many connotations

  • How Does Shakespeare Use the Contrasting Themes of Good and Evil to Convince the Audience of Othello’s Capacity to Love?

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    The over-arching conflict of Shakespeare’s Othello taps into the very darkest corners of the human psyche. The most poignant of these, Othello’s moral quandary over the faithfulness of his beloved provides an insight into the tragic and emotional limits of humanity within a greater plot that cannot be controlled, an inexorability that suffocates the protagonist in this tale and draws upon the empathy of a captivated audience. Conversely, the audience may be forced into feelings of contempt for Othello’s

  • Desdemona Vs Emilia

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    characters; Desdemona and Emilia, form an interesting and important relationship in the play Othello. Desdemona is very “sheltered” from the ways of the world and Emilia is very “down to earth” and “experienced”. From this difference we see a fascinating relationship emerge between the two of them. In the given passage, we see that Desdemona takes a very honest, romantic, and loyal stance towards Othello, (this is also true of her relationship with him), where as Emilia speaks more “sensibly” and

  • The Crucible and Othello- Comparisons in Belonging

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    does belonging mean to you? An example of this belonging is found in both Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and William Shakespeare’s Othello. In both of these plays, the playwrights have manipulated the concept of belonging and explored the belonging of humans to create strong characters in their texts. Belonging is found in every text whether it be comedy or tragedy alike, they are all based around belonging, so within the works of these two authors, interest is drawn by the responders through their

  • Shakespears Isolation Of Women In Othello

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    In Shakespeare’s Othello the theme of isolation is used as a way to manipulate the women in the play. Emilia, Bianca and most especially Desdemona were subjected to several forms of isolation. Isolation is the state of being separated, physically, mentally or intellectually from people or objects. The mental isolation of these women left them seeking comfort from wherever they could receive it. Their need for comfort from the people they love and care for the most leads them to do whatever it

  • Tragedy, Comedy and Romance in the Tempest

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    well does Shakespeare incorporate the three elements of romance, tragedy and comedy? The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last flamboyant and shortest play. It is difficult to categorize this play as it has elements of romance, tragedy and comedy. The tragic elements arise from the usurpation of the play’s protagonist Prospero and his daughter, the vengeance of Prospero and the plotting of murder woven quite neatly into the play. Romantic elements come from the love shared between Miranda and Ferdinand

  • “Othello” and the Discourse of “Orientalism”

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    “Othello” and the Discourse of “Orientalism” European distrust of alien cultures was a common thing during 1604. In “Orientalism”, Edward Said analyze the Orientalism as the source of the false cultural representations that are the foundation of Western thought towards the East, and how the West identifies the East in his book “Orientalism”. We can use Said’s theory to better understand “Othello” as a good example of an Orientalist play. Furthermore, Othello does simultaneously critique and uphold

  • Female Character In Shakespeare's Work

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    Female Characters in Shakespeare’s comedy and Tragedy Female Character in “The Tempest” The Tempest has only one visible female character in Miranda. Other women, such as Caliban's mother Sycorax, Miranda's mother, and Alonso's daughter Claribel, are only mentioned. Because of the small role women play in the story in comparison to other Shakespeare plays, The Tempest has not attracted much feminist criticism. Miranda is typically viewed as being completely deprived of freedom by her father

  • Significance of Deception and Overhearing in Much Ado About Nothing

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    which had several meanings; it can mean to take notice, eavesdrop, or to observe, however, these aren’t necessarily accurate. A character can misunderstand a meaning, mishear, or misreport something, in the process of noting, too which can lead to tragedy or comedy depending on the actions a character takes. The situations that result from noting, significant comedic features, are the basis on which the entirety of Much Ado about Nothing is built upon. When the character Claudio is introduced he

  • Where Fore Art Thou, Shakespeare: How Shakespeare Shaped a Society

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    of the human mind. By using the encounters that Hamlet faces, Shakespeare demonstrates the direct effect that one's perspective can have on a particular situation, and in the way the mind works. Another example is a passage taken out of the play Othello: “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.” This passage quoted by the character Lago, is referring to jealousy; more specifically, jealousy over a spouse. This piece alone arouses the

  • Compare And Contrast The Different Ways In Which t

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    Compare and contrast the different ways in which the writers present the destructive nature of jealousy in ‘Othello,’ ‘Wuthering Heights,’ and ‘A View from the Bridge,’ The dark side of love is presented in the three texts as the way that love can turn from appearing happy to destructive. Pride, jealousy and obsession are presented as components of flawed love and the inevitable consequences in such relationships after the intervention of a catalyst. These components combined with the flawed

  • A Study Comparing and Contrasting the Dramatist’s Use and Representation of Women in the Tragedies, Othello and Death of a Salesman, and the Comedy the Taming of the Shrew with Close Reference to Texts, Their Contexts

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    to their plates. However the consecutive cycle of women were portrayed as weaklings is highlighted by Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman where the few female characters are submersed to men. This is diverged from how both of Shakespeare’s plays, Othello and The Taming of the Shrew, undermine women due to the element of how society was run. Women were expected to be obedient and it’s certain that both playwrights present this in their plays. However modern day views in society acknowledge various

  • Explore How Shakespeare, Mcewan and Williams Present the Idea of Fragile Love in ‘Othello’, ‘Atonement’ and ‘the Glass Menagerie’

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    In ‘Othello’, ‘Atonement’ and ‘The Glass Menagerie’ the idea of fragile love has become rarer through the ages; this is signified by the characters relationships. The idea of love has become more fragile in the sense that in the 21st Century it’s seen more as lustful rather than true love. In the Renaissance era, for example, ‘Othello’ and his marriage with Desdemona get tested due to Iago’s destructive nature denoted through his manipulative actions and control over the other characters. Whereas