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  • Othello - 1196 Words
    Access English Studies Unit 2 What is your response to the way Othello is presented in this play? What is there to admire, and what are his weaknesses? In my essay I will start by looking at Othello’s change in fortune throughout the play. I will also look at the language throughout the play while searching for representation of Othello’s characterization. To conclude I will argue that Othello’s behaviour deteriorates as a consequence of his love for Desdemona. Your initial...
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    Can Jealousy and Hatred Be Contagious? Many people have jealousy and hatred. They can come and go from person to person, sometimes causing many problems. For example, a student in high school could be jealous of another student. That student could have a new car that they wanted. High school students tend to be over dramatic sometimes. So the student that is jealous and/or mad, could make the other student mad or hurt them in some way. In the play Othello, the author, Shakespeare, tried to...
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    Othello Syndrome Vs. Othello Play The tragedy of Othello portrayed different social dysfunctions in each character. The main character Othello represented a psychiatric disorder known as delusional jealousy or called Othello syndrome after the Shakespeare’s play; and this social dysfunction interfere in his relationship with wife Desdemona. Although, this play refers long time ago, morbid jealousy is present today in males than women. Therefore, Othello syndrome obstructed Desdemona and...
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    In the play Othello by William Shakespeare the current state of affairs is disturbing. Schemes, lies and murder are what now defines the characters. Iago is to blame for this chaos. At the beginning of the play Othello was the noble stature, a person that was well respected and a person that people could look up too. As the play goes on and Iago’s plan becomes reality Othello achieves human flaw. While the audience wishes to believe in Othello, his errors cause them to slowly lose hope. Iago’s...
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  • othello - 1021 Words
    Kevin Tran English 1AA3 November 14, 2013 Sean Ngo Othello: True love in Othello Love between two people is based on mutual attraction and trust. Trust is one of the most important qualities in any relationship and it makes or breaks that bond. In Shakespeare’s Othello, the relationship between Desdemona and Othello is convoluted and it can be seen in different ways. It is clear that after his corruption by Iago, Othello’s trust in Desdemona is broken resulting in both their deaths....
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    William Shakespeare (1564–1616) is considered the greatest English playwright. He wrote and produced a large number of plays, ranging from comedies and histories to tragedies. Othello was written in 1604 during a phase of other profound tragedies, such as Hamlet (1601) and Macbeth (1606). Shakespeare is appreciated for the ways in which he beautifully and poignantly expresses the dilemmas at the core of human existence. Brief synopsis The Moor, Othello, is a respected leader in the...
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  • Othello - 4999 Words
    Ugly black twisted tree in the middle of a green field and a butterfly is chained next to it RACE and GENDER MANIPULATION: Iago manipulates Brabantio into believing Desdemona ran off with Othello in a negative way Iago manipulates Cassio in drinking and starting a fight Iago manipulates Othello into thinking Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair GENDER ROLE: Iago’s depiction of female- his treatment and rude comments about Emilia and Bianca Iago’s telling Roderigo women only wanted...
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    OTHELLO In the play Othello, the character of Othello has certain traits, which make him seem naive and unsophisticated, compared to many other people. This is why Iago, is able to manipulate him so easily. Iago told Roderigo, "O,sir, content you. I follow him to serve my turn upon him "(I, i lines 38-9). Iago is saying, he only follows Othello to a point, and upon reaching it he will not follow him any longer. This is the first sign of how deceitful Iago will be. Iago has his own evil...
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    Desdemona. When the two elope iBrantio; it is reasonable for him to be as would any father. He feels betrayed not only by Desdemona but by Othello as well. It is a humiliating experiels as if he has lost his property to Othello, fathers of that time period had more control over their daughters. He is convinced that Desdemona only would marry Othello if the Moor had cast a spell on her using dark magic. He is motivated to protect his daug and his signature line of the play is his last, a...
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    Roderigo - A jealous suitor of Desdemona. Young, rich, and foolish, Roderigo is convinced that if he gives Iago all of his money, Iago will help him win Desdemona’s hand. Repeatedly frustrated as Othello marries Desdemona and then takes her to Cyprus, Roderigo is ultimately desperate enough to agree to help Iago kill Cassio after Iago points out that Cassio is another potential rival for Desdemona. Roderigo is a rich, unintelligent guy who thinks that if he sends Desdemona enough expensive...
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    Journal Entries 1.)A noble "Moor", in the service of the Venetian State, Othello is introduced to us in the very first scene by the term "Moor", when Iago complains that Othello has made Cassio his lieutenant and not him. We also learn from Iago that Othello has a relationship with the fair Desdemona. Respected by the Duke of Venice, who is the first to address him by name (Othello in Act I, Scene III) and who sends for him when Cypress is threatened by Turkish forces, Othello is continuously...
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     Othello Essay The process of Discovery involves going through a series of mental or physical challenges to acknowledge something that is unknown. This discovery can either contribute to ones personal development or to ones destruction. In the play ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare and also the poem “Telephone Conversation” by Wole Soyinka the Protagonists make many discoveries that lead to their misfortune. Through skilful character synthesis and enforced language techniques...
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    The protagonist of the play, Othello is a man trapped by his own weaknesses rather than a victim of circumstance. Even though the situations that Othello finds himself in are not ideal and contribute to his downfall, it is his own fatal flaws that end up destroying him. In act 3 scene 3 Iago starts to plant a seed of doubt in Othello’s mind about his wife Desdemona and her infidelity. Iago proceeds to ask Othello, “Did Michael Cassio, when you wooed my lady, know of you love?” This question...
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    The Defeat of Othello The operations of a human beings mind, the place where we hold thoughts, find peace and security is thought to be our own…what if this is compromised? Imagine no longer having control of your thoughts and never feeling secure and stable; the same way Othello felt after being controlled by Iago. In the play of Othello by William Shakespeare, the character Iago shows his abilities of understanding the mind of Othello, leading him to his downfall. He is able to do this by...
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    LITERARY PERSPECTIVE: There is no doubt that whatever Shakespeare wrote found its way to the top as a literary piece of genius.His command over language and ability to portray emotions and thoughts through mere words has made him immortal in English literature. Shakespeare uses a variety of aides to make his play the flawless specimen it is. The most striking symbol in Othello is Desdemona's handkerchief that circulates throughout the play. Because Othello gave it to Desdemona as a first...
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    OTHELLO: JEALOUSY D. R. Godfrey [Godfrey examines the portrayal of jealousy in Othello, determining that it is the cause of evil in the play. The critic exposes the jealousy presented by several characters: Othello, Roderigo, Bianca, and Iago. He compares their irrational behavior to that of Leontes, the jealous husband of Hermoine in The Winter's Tale, and asserts that each displays a form of sexual jealousy. Iago, however, exhibits "an all-encompassing jealousy directed not only against...
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    William Shakespeare's Othello is a play of destruction, deception and jealousy in which the mind of a valiant soldier named Othello is manipulated and cheated leading to his downfall. It is clear in the play that the contriving actions of others enable his weaknesses to be preyed upon and used as a tool of annihilation, but it is through the beguilement of others that seals him to his treacherous fate. Iago plays upon Othello’s own weaknesses and fears with his lies and innuendos making Othello...
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    Pride Comes Before the Fall Shakespeare created a hero, racial outcast, army superior, lover and murderer all wrapped up into one complex character: Othello. As one first begins to read this play, it seems that Othello is a truly noble character. Interestingly enough, with further reading and studying, one begins to doubt this nobility and speculate if his motives are guided by his love for others or his love for himself. Even though it is hard to see at first, the true nature of Othello’s...
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     Essay Extended Outline Organizing Your Introductory Paragraph 1. Opens with a General Statement on the topic (a.k.a Your "Hook") "Jealousy is tragedy" - one the most popular topic in the literature. 2. Introduce the Context of Essay (usually name of author and novel) Othello written by Shakespeare is one of the compositions that express it most clearly. 3. State Argument #1 Iago's jealousy brings the downfall of himself 4. State Argument #2 Iago's jealousy brings the downfall for...
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    In Shakespeare’s “Othello” the character Iago is considered to be the most dangerous of villains. He is a genuine schemer and manipulator, as he is often referred to as “honest Iago”, showing his skills at deceiving other characters so that not only do they suspect him but rely on him for the help that he promised to give. Iago repeatedly betrays other characters while keeping up his reputation as being an honest and noble man. His true thoughts are only revealed through his soliloquies. Iagos...
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    Jealousy Comes with a Price Society makes us think of the seven deadly sins in different ways and it has many opinions on which is the deadliest. In Othello, the sin of envy is the deadliest of sins. The villain Iago’s envy infects both Roderigo’s small mind and Othello’s great heart, ultimately destroying the very embodiment of innocence, Desdemona. Many of the characters in Othello have specific roles to aid the main character. One who certainly plays the part of a pawn in...
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    February 27, 2013 Othello Act 5 Scene 2 William Shakespeare was an English Renaissance writer who lived between the years 1564-1616. Throughout his life he wrote 38 plays, ten of them falling under the category of tragedy. Of these plays, one that stands out as possibly being his most notable tragedy is Othello. Othello tells the story of a Moorish general in the Venetian army’s downfall in both his personal and his professional life. After coming to the conclusion that his wife, Desdemona,...
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    Othello In the beginning of the play, Othello is mentioned in description by Iago and Roderigo during their discussion rather than being physically present; “The Moore”(1.i57) , “the thick-lips” (I.i.66), “an old black ram” (I.i.88), and “a Barbary horse” (I.i.113). Other than description, we do not see Othello till Act 1, scene iii. We understand in the beginning through Iago And Roderigo’s discussions that Othello is an outsider, by description racially and culturally. I believe Shakespeare...
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     The tragedy novel “Othello”, written by William Shakespear, was written in around 1600s. The four main themes of the story are racism, love, jealousy and betrayal. The two protagonists in the story, Othello and Iago, are basically the one's who were responsible for the tragic events. These tragic events includes the destroyed marriage of Othello and Desdemona, death of Desdemona, Emilia and also the downfall of Othello. This story questions who was more...
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     Iago’s exploitation of elements such as symbolism and repetition to execute his plan, influence Othello in his speech and emotions. Iago uses symbolism throughout the play in order to suggest that Desdemona is having an affair. Furthermore, the “ancient” repeats specific words that impact Othello’s sense of hearing and vision to achieve his goals. Finally, Iago also uses repetition to suggest precise ideas to Othello. Symbolism allows Iago to plant the idea in Othello’s mind that his...
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    Brittney Shaffer Mr. Alex Perez ENC 1102 10 February, 2011 Manhood and Honor William Shakespeare, in his 1603 play, “Othello” shows a lot of different emotions and themes. The one that truly caught my attention was Manhood and Honor and the similarity in them from that century to ours. Between 1603 and 2011 manhood is still pretty much how much respect others have for you, and how highly you are looked at. Honor is a well known term these days due to the military service men and women,...
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    Task two, Othello This play presents several opposing views of love and marriage. What are these views and who expresses them? Iago is really jealous of Othello because he has Desdemona. However, Iago does not want Desdemona, he just envies Othello for the sake of it. Iago is jealous of Cassio too because Cassio got the promotion that Iago wanted. Desdemona is faithful to Othello no matter what, even when Othello accuses her repeatedly of just the opposite, and even when Othello is...
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  • Othello - 491 Words
    1.1 1.2Desdemona's father argues that her love for Othello is unnatural, since, according to him, Desdemona would never fall for a black man who she "fear'd to look on." Of course, Brabantio couldn't be more wrong about his daughter – Desdemona is in love Othello. It seems that Iago has played Brabantio perfectly. Iago knew that Brabantio was racist and, as previous passages demonstrate, he used Brabantio's attitude toward the idea of a mixed marriage in order to rile the man against Othello....
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    In the play Othello, Iago uses certain steps to help him in his plan to manipulate Othello to go against his wife Desdemona and his co-worker, Cassio. These steps help him greatly in his plan to deploy Othello against Cassio and Desdemona. Iago plays upon Othello's own fears and reinforces those fears with lies and hints to help him with his plan. First, Iago lies to Othello and makes him believe that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio. The next step Iago takes to manipulate Othello...
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  • Othello - 570 Words
    Othello’s Bad Judgment In Othello, like many of Shakespeare’s plays, the main character causes his own downfall. Othello’s tragic flaw is his bad judgment when making decisions, and it is noticeable from the very beginning of the play. In the first act he makes a bad choice of who should be his new lieutenant in battle. Then, he tells everyone he married his woman behind her father’s back, and Othello later has trust issues with his wife, Desdemona, because of this. Othello has bad judgment...
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    Brian Bachmann Ms. Veltri English 2011 April 6, 2013 Keep your friends close and your enemies closer In the play, Othello by William Shakespeare, one of the main characters Iago is a master of both deception and manipulation. One will see throughout the play how Iago manipulates people, even the mighty black war general, Othello. Desdemona, (I.iii.395) “Put money in thy purse.” Iago says Desdemona will soon lose interest in the Moor, (I.iii.384-387) “It cannot be that Desdemona should...
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    Carter Morgan English 2 Jealousy Shakespeare's Othello portrays the effect of emotions. Throughout the play love and jealousy are the most prominent emotions. The characters’ emotions lead them into making the decisions that make this play a tragedy. Although some may argue love is the most important emotion in Othello, nevertheless jealousy truly is because it makes Othello and Iago make awful decisions. On one hand, some people might say love is the most important emotion in Othello because...
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  • Othello - 749 Words
    Othello, in Act I, Scene iii, declares that he is “rude in speech”; however, he then goes on to describe at length how he seduced Desdemona by his wondrous capacity as a storyteller. “My story being done,” he confesses to his friends, “she [Desdemona] gave me for my pains a world of sighs […] and bade me, if I had a friend that loved her, I should but teach him how to tell my story” (I, iii, 158-165). Throughout the play, in fact, Othello’s poetic expression is unabated; it merely changes...
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    The Importance of Reputation in Othello In William Shakespeare’s Othello, there are many motives that drive the direction of the play’s characters. None more prominent than reputation. Reputation is simply part of one’s life, none can dispute that fact. To some it is a blessing, to others it is a curse. Throughout the duration of the play, the characters Iago, Othello, and Cassio display the importance of reputation. Iago’s honest reputation, Othello’s war fought reputation and Cassio’s...
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    The play “Othello” by William Shakespeare is a tragic love story that takes place in the sixteenth century. Whereas the movie “O”, directed by Tim Blake Nelson and written by Brad Kaaya, is a modern version of “Othello” and takes place at a preparatory high school. Because these tragic love stories take place in two rather different time periods causing the characters to have a great age difference which then creates a rift in what actions are considered to be acceptable and which actions will...
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    Othello remains relevant to a modern audience through the human experiences of thematic issues such as jealousy, duty and honour, and racism. All three themes intertwine to convey the power and effect on different characters. Jealousy is used to highlight its immense self-destructive power, whilst duty and honour reflects the importance of one's reputation. Racism is also present throughout the play, conveying the fears of being an outsider. Shakespeare successfully portrays these themes through...
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    Othello Othello is a tragedy with different themes throughout the movie. There are three big themes that really play a part in this film. Hatred is often skin deep occurs throughout the entire film and shows how racial prejudice can affect not only the person who it is against but even the people around them. Bad things happen to good people is another theme which is present. It shows that even if you are innocent that bad things can happen to you. The last theme present is jealousy has the...
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  • OTHELLO - 3565 Words
    Story Dynamics 8 of the 12 essential questions ChangeMain Character Resolve Othello changes from a noble and just groom who declares, “But that I love the gentle Desdemona,” (I,ii,27) to a foul-minded, irrational husband who vows, “I’ll tear her to pieces.” (III,iii,483) He changes from treating her gently to striking her in public, calling her a whore, and murdering her in an unfounded jealous rage. StartMain Character Growth Othello must start to realize that he can’t run his...
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    Othello Appearance vs. Reality The tragic plot of Othello hinges on the ability of the villain, Iago, to mislead other characters, particularly Roderigo and Othello, by encouraging them to misinterpret what they see. Othello is susceptible to Iago's ploys because he himself is so honest and straightforward. As Iago puts it: "the Moor is of a free and open nature/ That thinks men honest that but seem to be so; and will as tenderly be led by th' nose/ As asses are" (2.1.391-4) In Othello,...
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    In Shakespeare’s Othello relationships are manipulated and the concept of love is fragmented. Throughout the course of the book, the relationship of Emilia and Iago take an interesting route in which defines the role of women and more importantly Emilia’s imperfections. During the Shakespearean era women were expected to be obedient and self-sacrificing. This is portrayed in the character of Emilia; although she is emotionally abused by her husband she continues to love him unconditionally....
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    The Jealousy of Othello and the Motives of Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello The Orthodox interpretation of Shakespeare's Othello is built on two assumptions; that Othello is not a jealous man and that Iago has no motives. Although there are many examples of these opinions within the play, I believe there is much more evidence which contradict these two statements, which allow me to conclude that Othello is in fact a jealous man and that Iago does have motives. As the play progresses the...
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    Jealousy; The Green-Eyed Monster Rationale: Having just finished Act 3 of Othello (by William Shakespeare) , a motif stood out to me. The motif jealousy, and it can corrupt anyone, even a noble Moor with principles like Othello. While reading I realized how complicated Iago is as a character and how he lacks an origin to his jealousy, yet is convincing himself to carry out his evil doings his ability to orchestrate a complicated interweaving of pre-planned scenarios. Iago's deception...
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    Seniqua Payne Dr. McMullen English 200 23 April 2013 Analytical Paper 2 Identity: Othello Othello is a tragedy play that was written by William Shakespeare around 1603. Although William Shakespeare came up with the concept of Othello, he did not write any of it down. We have a recollection of the play from actors’ telling what they remember from acting it out and some even wrote down what they remembered using stenography. Today, this is how we have the magnificent play, Othello. Othello...
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    From the two stories of Othello’s and Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet, as we’ve seen in Othello, a woman willingly goes against the social norms and marries someone of a different standard. In Othello, the woman married a man of a different race. But in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet simply marries different. Interestingly enough, it is Romeo and Juliet that is seen as the love story, not Othello, and certainly not Titus. What makes Romeo and Juliet different? Is it that their differences are...
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    Othello Othello, by William Shakespeare is the story of Othello, who marries Desdemona and is tricked and deceived into believing that Desdemona is unfaithful by those whom he thinks are his allies. This essay will discuss the syntax, diction, and tone of Othello, along with discussing the literary type and the effect Othello had on me. It will also give an analysis of the type of reader who would enjoy reading Othello. The way in which William Shakespeare wrote Othello matches his...
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    In the play, Othello, The Moor Of Venice, By William Shakespeare, Othello The Main Character is the hero with tragic flaws. Throughout the play, Othello shows himself as being a noble person in many different ways and situations. Until everything is turned around about the way he feels and thinks when jealousy was convinced to him by Iago which then leads to a tragic ending. Othello’s personal tragic flaws and poor decisions lead him into being a tragic hero. Othello...
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    Act 1 of 'Othello' is all based around one evening's events in Venice. It is very fast paced, where many things happen in a short time span. The opening of the Act is an argument with Iago and Roderigo, in which the audience first see Iago's character emerging. In the opening scene, Iago displays his crude characteristics and language. Perhaps his most revealing declaration at this point is his proud boast `I am not what I am'. Though Roderigo is evidently meant to take this as reassurance...
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    Othello By: CMB 1. To analyze the structural development of Othello, consider Othello’s autobiographical speeches in act 1, scene 3. Explain how Othello’s portrait of himself and his cultural background might have contributed to his manipulation of Iago. Answer: Based on Othello’s autobiographical speeches in act 1, scene 3, it shows that Othello has no knowledge of his own to counter this insider’s generalizations about Venetian wives. He knows nothing of Venice apart from the few months’...
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    Books related to Othello Othello - The protagonist and tragic hero of the play. A Moor commanding the armies of Venice, he is a celebrated general and heroic figure whose "free and open nature" will enable Iago to twist his love for his wife Desdemona into a powerful jealousy. Desdemona - The daughter of a Venetian Senator, and Othello's bride. The most sympathetic character in the play, she is deeply in love with her husband, and her purity contrasts strongly with Iago's wickedness. Iago -...
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    William Shakespeare's play Othello, written in 1603, is set in Venice and follows the 'valiant' general Othello who is manipulated by Iago into his own downfall; being the murder of his wife then suicide. The play explores some of the deepest characteristics of human experience, including moral decay, emotional suffering and strong moral acts. This is driven by the themes of jealousy, appearance versus reality, and honour. These and other elements consolidate together presenting a play with an...
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    Othello William Shakespeare’s tragic play is based on the contrast of the different characters to develop the plot; each character has remarkable depth of passion as an individual, one in particular though- Othello. Othello is a noble and brave Moor who is initially viewed as a courageous military hero. He is also a confident, courageous and trustworthy man, and that is why he has the honourable position as the army general of Cyprus. He is loved and respected by all. Except one! Through a...
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    "Othello" is basically the story of how one influence corrupts an unsuspecting group into believing lies. It sounds awfully similar to the one creation story in the Bible in which the serpent convinces Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge, even after God tells them not to eat from it. The serpent is not meant to be thought of as a literal serpent, but rather to symbolize evil. Just as the Serpent, Iago can easily be seen as the evil force in the story. It is possible that Iago too...
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    The Many Faces Of Othello: Williams Shakespear’s “Othello” The novel “Othello”, is filled with love and betrayal all that lead to a tragic ending as Othello has to try to overcome his enemies. By the end of the story Othello transforms from a just man to a defeated man as he tries to come to terms with his wrongs he commits because of Desdemona’s alleged marital unfaithfulness. Othello is just. Before Othello learns of Desdemona’s alleged marital affair, he is portrayed as a just...
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    Othello is Much Ado About Nothing Many comparisons can be drawn between the plays Othello and Much Ado About Nothing, such as story line, characters, motives, and much more, which is not very uncommon as both plays are written by the same author, William Shakespeare. The major themes in both plays are manipulation. Great men in both plays are manipulated by the villains into their evil deeds and they are both turned against their love of their lives, who has done nothing wrong to them. The...
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    Through its portrayal of human experience, Shakespeare’s Othello prepares us for an inevitable tragedy. How is this revealed in the first 3 acts of the play? Weather the relationship is personal, public or rivalry; power is always present. Shakespeare demonstrates his thoughts on power in relationships in the tragic play, Othello. Throughout the play we see control and power struggles in three main relationships and the interaction between the main characters leads towards an inevitable...
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    ‘Jealously remains the ultimate corrupting force within action.’ To what extent do you agree with this? Within the play Othello, jealously remains the ultimate corrupting force, as it is through jealously that dramatic conflict occurs and the tragic events unfold. The consequences of jealously have a catalytic impact on the characters of the play and their mutual relationships. This is clearly demonstrated through the machiavellian villain of the play, Iago, whose actions and dialogue are...
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    Johnson English 102 TR 12:30 Essay 3 Iago, the Villian The play Othello, by William Shakespeare, resolves around Othello and his underlings Cassio and Iago. During the play, one of Othello’s subordinates, Iago, develops a very deep rooted jealousy toward a man named Cassio and his commander Othello. Iago seeks out the weaknesses of other characters in the play to get what he wants. Shakespeare unveils that even though Iago is a very intelligent character, he is to blame for the disaster...
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    Othello Shakespeare’s complex tragedy, Othello, is open to a variety of different interpretations, two of which are a post-colonial reading and a reading from a feminist perspective. Especially in our modern context, the issue of Othello’s race can be read as a central theme, and plays a significant role in the play’s tragic conclusion. The issues concerning his race not only impacts on his position and his relationship with others, but more importantly his own self-perception. ...
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    Danisa Valdez EN 102 Tue & Thu 10 – 12 Doctor Lanner Reputation: Easier Kept than Recovered The play Othello written by William Shakespeare reveals the importance of a person’s reputation. A reputation is an opinion about the character, typically a result of social evaluation on a set of criteria, of a person. “Reputation may be considered as a component of identity as defined by others.” (Reputation Management) In Othello all the characters’ public images are crucial to their...
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