English Power

Topics: Othello, Ozymandias, Iago Pages: 3 (875 words) Published: March 13, 2013
Time will always catch up with power. The basic idea of power though is the ability to do something (manipulate) or act in a certain way. In Shakespeare’s tragedy book Othello, Iago yearns for power. He strives for power and privilege that comes with the higher social class. In turn, this turns him vengeful. Iago uses his manipulative ways through mental power and the power of language to turn people on his side and create that dramatic irony which is used so well. By studying the ways of these human relationships, differences in race, gender and class we are able to see the various differences in power which people strive to achieve. In a similar perspective the poem Ozymandias by Percy Shelly, points out that everything is short lived and that nothing lasts forever; essentially in the poem that the power of the kings last only til they live, that their kingdom and prominence will soon be forgotten with time. Once again this leads us to the fact that power is a unique and complex notion.

In the tragedy play Othello by William Shakespeare (1603) power is expressed through the power of language. Initially, at the start of the play we see Othello as a humble, honest man showing that his power reigns high, but throughout the book we notice that Othello loses that unique style of language gradually as his power decreases,” She loved me for the dangers I had passed and I loved her that she pity them, this is the only witchcraft I have used,” shows the initial ability of Othello as an eloquent speaker. Towards the end we see that his imagery becomes more intense and brutal. “Even so my bloody thoughts, with violent pace, Shall ne'er look back, ne'er ebb to humble love,” Othello now declares to Iago that his jealous anger is at full tide, and will never slack, noting the change in language of Othello we can see Iago on the other hand uses language with a much greater deal of control as we see this as a representation of his steadiness of power, in comparison to...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Power Essay
  • Power Essay
  • English Power Essay Jai Ghorpade Revised
  • Power Morality In The Visit Essay
  • Power and Politics Essay
  • Essay on Power Distance
  • Essay on Bases of Power
  • Essay on Power of Women

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free