South University Online
October 13, 2011
In order to use psychoanalytical perspective to analyze a play the reader must first understand what it means. “Psychoanalytical interpretations aim to reveal the influence of the subconscious in the text’s plot, setting, conflict, symbols, point of view, language, and character development”(South University Online, 2010, para. 3). Using this style to analyze the play, the reader can focus on certain areas of conflict in the play. One example of this is the belief that Desdemona has been cheating on Othello with Cassio. Although the reader knows this is not the case, Iago wants Othello to believe it to be true. Another thing that can be examined is the significance of Desdemona’s handkerchief. There is a definite meaning for this item, and for that reason it is important to examine its use in the play. Finally the reader is lead to look at the overall attitude of Iago throughout the play. Taking all things into account; the deception on Iago’s part regarding Desdemona’s infidelity, Desdemona’s handkerchief as well as Iago’s attitude throughout the play, it is easy to see how psychoanalytical perspective is an important way for the reader to look at the play.
Deception is a key factor in Iagos’ plan. Iago is able to make Othello believe that Desdemona is cheating on him. He starts a plan in motion that is not only untrue, but also spiteful. Iago takes the trust that Othello has bestowed upon him, and completely twists everything in a way to benefit himself. “Or to be naked with her friend in bed An hour or more, not meaning any harm?” (Shakespeare, 2011, 4.1) Iago tries to make Othello believe that Desdemona is having an inappropriate relationship with Cassio. Iago takes the time to set things up to help strengthen his case in this respect. He has his girlfriend take Desdemona’s handkerchief and make a new one that is exactly the same and has it...
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