Othello Analysis

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3/14/12
Period 7

Topic 1

Othello is one of the many plays by William Shakespeare. It tells the story of the tragic love life of the valiant Moor, Othello. It shows how he changes; starting from greatness and respect, he is tricked by Iago in to being cruel and hating. Many people assume the basis of the story is Othello’s life and that because the play is called Othello that he is the protagonist. The actual protagonist though is the supposed antagonist, Iago. Iago with his cunning plot, mastery of words and the ultimate lust for vengeance rules the play.

Iago dictates what will happen to the character through the play and he does it with master cunning and deceit. With Cassio, he ruins his life with one idea, “He hold me well. The better shall my purpose work on him. Cassio’s a proper man. Let me see now. To get his place and to plume up my will double knavery --How? How? – let’s see” Cassio is brought into Iago’s plans and nearly killed because Cassio is seen as in the way. Another example is his trickery with Roderigo. Iago realizes Roderigo as a threat he tricks him into attempting to kill Cassio and then Iago comes in killing Roderigo to get rid of the threat and gain favor towards him. When everyone realizes that Iago has been manipulating every one from the start it is too late, Desdemona lies dead and Othello’s mind has been warped. Iago in comparison to Othello command the situations and made sure they went to his master plan.

Iago intrigues the minds of all of the audiences with his mastery of speech. His way over angering and manipulating Othello is a psychological phenomenon, he warns Othello of something to be weary of, which in turn causes Othello to worry about it. A key time is with Othello,” O, beware, my lord, of jealousy/ But O, damned minutes tell he o’er who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!’ This, even though warning of jealousy, provokes Othello into so much jealousy that he ends up...
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