Human Experiences and Shakespeare's Othello

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Each piece of literacy is unique as it is shaped by the place and time in which it is written and the experiences of he who wrote it. In turn those to encounter the text will be effected, making each text a human experience. Shakespeare’s Othello reinforces the idea that literature is shaped by human experience and its counter act. During Shakespeare’s time there were events major disturbance, social and cultural crisis that shaped the language, imagery and character in his plays. Shakespeare’s mastery of plot development, character development and language, makes his works important in the study of literature throughout time. It is commonly believed that the eyes are windows to a person’s soul. However, Shakespeare allows the audience and reader of the play to see the true character through his words, giving words and the language of the characters great power. A technique that Shakespeare employs to great effect, is the use of the most poetic and lyrical language on that of the villain, Iago. This technique sets Iago apart from the other characters and makes it easier for the audience to understand how Othello is drawn into Iago's deceit. Opposite to Iago’s complex lyrical language are Othello’s lines, written in prose. The difference in their dialect represents their differences including race, status and good vs. evil. It also stands as a representation of the audience Shakespeare wrote for, which varied immensely in education, status (race) and wealth. Language used by Othello transforms throughout the play. At the beginning of the play Othello has such confidence in his skill with language; Shakespeare uses blank verse lines to portray him as a noble man with a calm nature. As he begins to believe Iago’s lies, his language changes as well, becoming offensive and giving numerous references to hell. Under pressure from Iago in act three his language deteriates becoming fragmented and hesitant. “Ha!” (3, 3, “o misery!” (3, 3) there is also notable...
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