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  • Desdemona - 389 Words
    Desdemona’s principal character traits Desdemona is the daughter of Brabantio, who is in the upper class of society. Desdemona apparently has many suitors for her hand in marriage, but she chooses to marry Othello instead. Her decision upsets her father as well as Iago and Roderigo. Desdemona is a very well-rounded character and has many character traits. Some of those traits are being independent, witty, and submissive. Desdemona shows she is very independent in one...
    389 Words | 1 Page
  • psychoanalysis of Desdemona - 1018 Words
    The psychoanalysis of the characters from Othello allowed me to understand the way Desdemona acted throughout the play and how come she took the abuse that Othello gave her. Like Othello, Desdemona is a controversial character that has a role in determining the outcome of the play. At the start of the play we see Desdemona as a strong, outspoken and behaves in a way that is outrageous in her society. She has fallen in love with a man of a different race, country, and color; and she is so...
    1,018 Words | 3 Pages
  • Role of Desdemona - 1057 Words
    How do you interpret the character and role of Desdemona in Othello? If any character in Othello embodies goodness, it is Desdemona. In simple terms, she appears to be the antithesis of all the evil and malice that is represented by Iago. Yet she is not a completely ‘flat’ character – Shakespeare gives to her certain characteristics and human qualities that result in her being a far deeper and more interesting character. Much of the interest in her is owing to the fact that each character...
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  • Audience and Desdemona - 439 Words
    Desdemona In the beginning of the play Othello, Desdemona is seen as a strong powerful women who isn’t afraid to stick up for herself. Roderigo and Othello both were in love with Desdemona. The changes the audience see are on the surface. Underneath the surface Desdemona is strong, determined, and self-possessed, “My life and education both do learn me How to respect you; you are the lord of duty, I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my husband...” (I, iii, 197-199). As you can see...
    439 Words | 2 Pages
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  • Soliloquy Desdemona - 337 Words
    Scene. Chamber in Castle. Enter Desdemona DESDEMONA What is going on? Why did Othello act in such a way? How could Othello do this? I love him! Does he not know that? I thought we were merry? What happened? Why isn’t Othello telling me what’s wronged him? I thought we were lovers; Him and I. don’t lovers confide in one other? [Sobs] Why did Othello hit me as he did? My dear sweet moor; I’ve always loved you and always will! Please talk to me my lord and tell me what has gotten you...
    337 Words | 1 Page
  • Othello's Role in the Murder of Desdemona
    Othello played the most important role in the murder of Desdemona due to his flaws in his character. His personality flaws ultimately lead him to killing his wife, making it an important factor in the play. Two of his most vivid flaws include his jealousy and his reason versus passion. Iago may have set up the death of Desdemona, but Othello has the most important role of her death due his flaws acting upon him and making himself kill his wife. His inability to comprehend his reason verses...
    847 Words | 2 Pages
  • Othello Desdemona Quotations - 251 Words
    Othello Quotations A maiden never bold, of spirit so still and quiet that he motion blushed at herself. Brabantio She loved me for the dangers I had passed and I loved her that she did not pity them. Othello She deceived her father Brabantio And in th’essential vesture of creation Cassio The divine Desdemona Cassio She was never foolish that was fair Iago She first loved the Moor, but for bragging and telling her fantastical lies Iago She is full of the most blest condition...
    251 Words | 1 Page
  • Othello Victims Speech (Desdemona)
    Thank you for that warm welcome. I am honored to be invited here to this seminar on ‘interpretations of Shakespeare's characters’. EMILIA: “O, who hath done this deed?” DESDEMONA: “Nobody; I myself. Farewell.” The short scripted speech and claim of guilt symbolize the loss of strength in Desdemona’s final words as she dies. This is just the first example of many that prove that the statement ‘Victims are actually the makers of their own demise’ is true in relation to that of the...
    1,007 Words | 3 Pages
  • Othello - How Is Desdemona Merely a Passive Victim?
    Desdemona has not fallen victim to Othello's insane rage and jealousy by her wrong doing. She isn't even the main target of the demise brought upon Iago. The one to fall is Othello, but to achieve this, Iago must get him to kill Desdemona. Totally deprived of breath and of words to tell the truth. Wrong place's at the most wrong times, this is what made her the passive victim for Iago's true victim. Desdemona is probably the strongest willed character in the play, although she is a woman....
    413 Words | 2 Pages
  • Examine How Racism Is Presented in Act One of the Play and Write an Essay Explaining Why Desdemona Married Othello in Secret.
    Racism is presented in a range of ways in Othello Act One, but it is mainly presented through Barbantio’s reaction to the secret marriage between Desdemona and Othello. Also racism is presented through Iago’s and Roderigo’s comments about Othello. When Iago and Roderigo speaks of Othello they him a “Barbary horse,” an “old black ram,” and also tells Brabantio that his daughter and Othello are “making the beast with two backs”. These phrases dehumanises Othello and makes him different from the...
    526 Words | 2 Pages
  • How does Iago Convince Othello to Kill Cassio and Desdemona by the End of Act Three?
    How does Iago Convince Othello to Kill Cassio and Desdemona by the End of Act Three? Act Three of Othello begins with Othello having no doubts at all concerning his wife’s fidelity and the happiness of their marriage, and ends with him almost totally convinced of her false guilt of being in an affair despite having very little evidence to prove it and no reason to want it to be true. His complete certainty comes rather from the manipulative skill of his ensign Iago who uses three principal...
    1,622 Words | 4 Pages
  • Inner Turmoil - 372 Words
    It has always been evident that Othello believes that Desdemona is completely faithful; however now that Iago has played with his imagination, Othello has lost his peace of mind. It is simply unimaginable and is essentially “torture” for him. Therefore, his initial reaction was severe and unforgiving, suggesting that Iago prepare for “damnation greater than that.” The diction “damnation” refers to the everlasting punishment that this act would have on Othello. The use of the diction “that” is...
    372 Words | 1 Page
  • Othello - 1506 Words
    To what extent does Shakespeare present Othello as being responsible for his own downfall? Shakespeare’s Othello consists of the themes betrayal, love and dishonesty. At the centre of this play is the tragic downfall of Othello at the hands of his so called friend Iago. In this essay I will be discussing the reasons for and against Othello being responsible for his downfall through looking at critical interpretations of his character and actions. In some ways you could say that...
    1,506 Words | 5 Pages
  • Othello's Downfall: a Victim of Himself
    Othello’s Downfall: A Victim of Himself In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, it seems as though the fall of the beloved Lieutenant Othello derived from the devious Iago and his reprehensible plan for Othello’s demise. At first glance, this idea is the prominent discourse of the play with a plethora of instances where Iago is seen plotting the death and destruction of Othello and the conclusion of Othello ultimately taking his own life. However, on another level, one could argue that...
    1,647 Words | 5 Pages
  • The Effects of Iago's Meddling on Othello
    Othello’s negative portrayal of himself as a man and Desdemona as a wife illustrates a downward trend in his both his trust of Desdemona and his self-confidence as a result of the schemes of Iago. Iago has been attempting to indoctrinate Othello with the belief that his wife, Desdemona, has been cheating on him with Cassio for some time but it is only recently that Othello has begun to doubt the fidelity of Desdemona. Just two scenes earlier, at the start of Act III, Othello told Iago that he...
    692 Words | 2 Pages
  • Othello and Faustus Blame Term Paper
    Othello and Faustus: To blame or not to blame Trust is an essential part of a peaceful society. The way people act decides whether they are trustworthy or not. One who manipulates trust to deceive people is to blame for the disturbance. Those who places trust in the wrong person are also to blame. Placing trust in an unworthy person is the initial fault as it opens the protagonist to deception. Thus they base their actions according to the false information which condemns them. The...
    2,422 Words | 6 Pages
  • Bestiary - 780 Words
    World Civ. II/Hansen Iago’s Bestiary Due: Friday, Dec. 2nd. Background: In the middle ages, animal stories were immensely popular. There was a spiritual and mystical lore associated with beast in many of the stories. A bestiary is an encyclopedia or catalogue of beast. Many of the descriptions of the beast were accompanied with a moral lesson. Directions: Review Act 1 of Othello. Look for animals, birds, insects, and creatures that Iago mentions. List at least ten of them in...
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  • Othello - 286 Words
    In the book “Othello” there are some characters that trust each other and some that don’t trust each other. There are also some that are manipulative so the question us can we ever really know the truth about a person. The way I see it is we cannot really trust a person. This is a reason on why we cannot trust a person is for example the character Iago. In the beginning of the story he says “O, sir, content you I follow him to serve my turn upon him” (Act 1, Scene 1, Line 40). Iago is friends...
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  • Othello - What Do We Learn in This Way About the ‘True Nature’ of Othello?
    Othello: Q: In a tragedy, conflict and suffering draw out the true nature of the chief characters inch by inch (John Russell Brown) –What do we learn in this way about the ‘true nature’ of Othello? Illustrate your points with evidence from the play. Humans are like wet sponges- it takes a squeeze to reveal what is truly inside us. The opening of ‘Othello’, paints the Moor as a dignified and controlled man, full of deeply rooted morals and religious beliefs. But through Iago’s lies and...
    1,399 Words | 4 Pages
  • Othello-Whose Fault Is It?
    “Whose fault is it?” Whose fault was it then? (Pause) Othello, the heroic Moore, yet he was way too jealous and over-trusting. Was it Desdemona? Sweet Desdemona of intelligence and innocence but also a deceiving and naïve woman who cannot adjust to the role of a 17th century woman. Or was it Iago; Malicious and sneaky Iago? We can go on about whose fault it is but I think it was both equally Othello and Desdemona’s fault. Together as a couple they lacked the understanding of marriage. They...
    973 Words | 3 Pages
  • Othello Explication - 535 Words
    Explication Othello: 3.3. 258-271. “Why did I marry? ......I do beseech your Honour.” 1. Determine the context of the passage. Othello is doubting Desdemona, and Iago is trying to plant the idea that Desdemona has a hidden agenda with trying to persuade Othello to reinstate Cassio. 2. Describe the passage in its most overt form. (Does it rhyme, does it repeat phrases, words, etc. This passage does not have a rhyme scheme. The only repeat phrases that seem to...
    535 Words | 2 Pages
  • Othello - Iago - Freeessays.Com - 1098 Words
    Throughout Othello, the devil-reincarnated Iago is seen to be scheming something. As the story unfolds, we see that Iago manipulates the people around him, by helping them in hope and confidence to achieve the success of his plans to bring down Cassio and use all efforts to make himself Lieutenant. The first person that we can see Iago uses is Rodrigo. At the start of the play, we see two characters, Iago and Rodrigo talking about something outside Brabantio’s house. Rodrigo’s love for...
    1,098 Words | 3 Pages
  • Othello - 546 Words
     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...
    546 Words | 2 Pages
  • Othello is essentially a noble character who loses but ultimately regains our sympathy- Discuss
     Othello is essentially a noble character who loses but ultimately regains our sympathy- Discuss Othello is most definitely an imperial character who gets assassinated by his “trusting friend” Iago. We see his nobility from the beginning, Othello is being accused of all sorts of things, still he doesn’t hide and wants to clarify the situation and even lets his wife speak for herself; he continues to prove that he is a right and just character when he is put into the position of breaking the...
    1,048 Words | 3 Pages
  • Act 3 Scene 3 Othello Analysis
    In this scene, several language forms and features were used to convey major themes and allow character development. “Arise black vengeance, from thy hollow cell” in L 448 is an allusion to Ate; the Greek goddess of delusion and folly who dwelt in infernal regions, exposing Othello’s shift of faith from good to evil. In lines 551-2, Othello says “Swell bosom, with thy fraught, For tis aspics’ tongues” which refers to the tongue of a venomous snake. This exhibits the poisoning of Othello’s...
    294 Words | 1 Page
  • Unwritten Rule - 434 Words
    An Unwritten Rule There are many rules that are followed in society today, whether they have been around for hundreds of years, or just natural instincts of kindness. They are not usually things people would get punished for if they did not follow, they are more of an act of respect. Things like holding the door open for people behind you, saying please and thank you, or not eating until everyone at the table has their food. These rules mostly come from what is taught to children at young age,...
    434 Words | 2 Pages
  • Othello Soliloquy - 255 Words
    Context 1. These lines were taken from the play Othello. This statement is conveyed to Othello by brabation. When brabantio find out that Desdemona had eloped with Othello and Othello is accusing him that he had done something that totally changed her consciousness. Although he is the general in the Venetian state. According to brabantio at this situation he consider him as an outsider. Brabationtio thinks that his daughter is abuse he delicate youth with drugs or minerals that weaken...
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  • Chess Piece and Film - 634 Words
    December 16, 2010 Intro. To Literatu Final Exam Essay “Othello” There are many aspects to compare and contrast after reading and then viewing the play written by Shakespeare, Othello. The book adds a lot more details than the actual film because films only have a certain amount of time to explain everything going on. With that being said, this essay will briefly compare and contrast scenarios in the book and the film, the visual effects added in the film and the casting...
    634 Words | 4 Pages
  • Othello and His Guilt - 309 Words
    Othello’s feelings of guilt arise from his skewed perception of Iago’s character. Throughout Othello, Iago gives off this perception to all that he is a honest and virtuous man, when in fact he is manipulative and malicious. This false perception even deceives Othello into thinking he is solely to blame for Desdemona’s death, when in fact Iago falsely proclaims her of infidelity to Othello. This deception makes Othello abandon reason and language, which allows his inner chaos to take...
    309 Words | 1 Page
  • - What Role Does Incoherent Language Play in Othello?
    - What role does incoherent language play in Othello? How does Othello’s language change over the course of the play? Pay particular attention to the handkerchief scene in Act III, scene iii, and Othello’s fit in Act IV, scene i. - Answer for Study Question 2 >> - At the beginning of the play, Othello has such confidence in his skill with language that he can claim that he is “rude” in speech, knowing that no one will possibly believe him (I.iii.81). He then dazzles his audience with a...
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  • Discuss the Techniques Used by Shakespeare to Present Othello’s Transformation
    Discuss the Techniques Used by Shakespeare to Present Othello’s Transformation The transforming of Othello is perhaps one of the most important parts to the play. Shakespeare uses a number of techniques to get across the monumental change in Othello and to dramatically present both the characters and the story. Perhaps the most climatic of all the approaches is Othello’s given state of mind. To begin with, he is calm, reserved and commanding, knowing what he wants and how he is to get it....
    2,144 Words | 6 Pages
  • Miss - 429 Words
    In Shakespeare’s play, Othello, an intense human relationship that is most evident through the whole course of the play is Othello’s and Desdemona’s. THESIS The relationship between Desdemona and Othello is a centrepiece of destruction which leads to the plays downfall and exposure of character’s’ weaknesses. Their relationship starts off with an intense passion and affection for each other, then as the play progresses and Iago introduces The relationship between Othello and Desdemona is...
    429 Words | 2 Pages
  • Othello Quotes with Explanations
    Othello Act 1, Sc, 1 Quotes "I am not what I am." Speaker: Iago Audience: Rodrigo Explication: He is saying that he is not who he appears to be. "I have charged thee not not haunt about my doors." Speaker: Brabantio Audience: Rodrigo Explication: Brabantio wants Rodrigo to leave. "Even now, now, very now, an old black ram / Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise! / Awake the snorting citizens with the bell, / Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you. / Arise, I say!"...
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  • Othello - 2090 Words
    Analysis of Exam Essays Essay Analysis – Part A After reading, reflecting and analyzing the sample responses provided, I am able to gain knowledge on the structure of an essay and the impact that sophisticated language has on how to express specific ideas and also, how to present a thorough understanding of the play. In every provided response, the use of textual evidence is accurate and relevant and provides an almost precise understanding of the question. Each student has successfully...
    2,090 Words | 6 Pages
  • Othello Essay - 1084 Words
    In Shakespeares Othello the characters are as much a victim of their own weakness as they are of Iagos plotting. Do power dynamics in Othello support this? Iago, whos charisma and intellect make him more powerful than Othello and Desdemona, proves that powerplay amongst the characters supports the fact that characters, specifically Othello and Desdemona, are equally victims of their own weakness as they are of Iagos plottings. Othello and Desdemonas weaknesses are race and gender respectively...
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  • Othello Essay - 885 Words
    Azeem Noor Othello – Essay Assignment Result of Revenge A desire for revenge can overcome a person and have great detrimental effects. This is especially true in the play Othello by William Shakespeare. The play takes place in a time of war between Italy and Turkey. The play begins in Venice, Italy but then shifts to the island of Cyprus for the remainder of the play. In the play, the main antagonist Iago was not chosen for a position of lieutenancy by his general, Othello. Othello had...
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  • Reaction to Othello by by Julius Lester
    The novel Othello by Julious Lester is one of the most interesting love stories I have ever read. Iago the greatest villain of all times plays with the red handkerchief to ruin and sometimes determine love for people. Othello loves his red handkerchief and gives it to Desdemona to have as a symbolism of love for them. Desdemona takes the handkerchief and puts it in her blouse. Othello has a headache when he gets home so Desdemona puts the red handkerchief to his head to make him feel...
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  • How Does Iago Persuade Othello
    In Act 3 Scene 3, how does Iago persuade Othello of Desdemona’s supposed infidelity? Act 3 Scene 3 is, arguably, the most important scene in the entire play, for it is the point of no return. It is as if for the entire beginning of the play you were pushing a huge boulder up a steep mountain, and in this scene you reach the top, and push it down the other side, helpless to stop it. This is how I see the action in Othello. Iago spends the whole time plotting, and conspiring with the...
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  • Bradley on Othello - 339 Words
    English hon. 3 pd 4 12/4/13 Agree or disagree with Bradley on Othello I agree with the article,"Shakespeare: Othello - Bradley on Othello". It captures Othello's natural self in addition to analyzing his social self. Bradley sees Othello as a naturally romantic, poet, unobservant and emotional being while also noting Othello as a trustful and imaginative one too. These analysis of Othello can be proven true as there are hints to his personality all through out the book. Othello is seen as...
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  • The Triumphant Villain of Iago - 917 Words
    The Triumphant Villain of Iago In analysis of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of “Othello,” famed 20th century literary critic W.H. Auden suggests that all the dastardly deeds are of Iago’s doing, and that “everything he sets out to do, he accomplishes”. I personally agree with this stance, as well as Auden’s proclamation that Iago is a “triumphant villain”. To fully understand how Iago fits the role of the “triumphant villain,” however, one must understand that there are two parts to this...
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  • The Real Meaning behind Othello’s Handkerchief
    The Real Meaning behind Othello’s Handkerchief “Now I know I’ve got a heart, because it is breaking” A quote in the Wizard of Oz said by the Tin Man also known as Tin Woodman. Tin Man asked for a heart in his attempt to be human by learning to love. But little does he know is that a heart isn’t to be played with and trust isn’t something that should be tossed around either. The heart is a symbol in which Tin Man’s heart slowly drifts away as he gets comfortable and is unsure how to restore...
    1,488 Words | 4 Pages
  • The Outsider - Othello !!Not Complete!!
    Throughout the play Othello by William Shakespeare, there are many leading roles that are portrayed as outsiders. Some of these characters include Othello, Desdemona and Iago. All of these characters play an important and crucial role throughout the play. The most obvious reason for Othello being an outsider is the fact that he is black, this also accounts for all the racist references throughout the entire play this is evident in this statement “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram; Is...
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  • Othello and Frankenstein Essay - 1919 Words
    From Man to Monster When monsters are thought of a very distinct picture comes to mind. An ugly creature that is out for blood, born into a life where causing misery is his driving force. Do these features really define what a monster is; works of literature like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Shakespeare’s Othello tell quite a different story. Monsters are not born but made just as people are not born evil but can sometimes end up there. Othello and the Monster start of as good men looking...
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  • Ideas in Othello - 539 Words
    Which two ideas resonate with you? How does Shakespeare initiate and maintain interest in those ideas? (500 words) The two ideas that resonate with me in the play Othello are masculinity and race because I feel that they play an important role in the actions that are determined by the main characters and the relationships that are obtained. The more masculine characters in the play are often more reluctant to show any type of emotions such as fear or sadness but instead show courage and...
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  • Alebrije Report - 711 Words
    Alebrijes come from a popular form of art created by a Mexican artist by the name of Pedro Linares. They were created in between 1936-1940 in Mexico City. They are made up of paper Mache and they are made with parts of different animals and they have vibrant, bright colors. They are made so unique. Some people wonder how these famous Alebrijes are so famous? They are famous because Pedro Linares, He started making Alebrijes when he was greatly ill. It was hard for him to get help because of the...
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  • Characters in Othello: Colors and Shapes
    The color and shape I chose for Othello are silver and the indifferent shape. I thought about it for a while and this indifferent shape fits othello perfectly for many reasons. Like Othello this is the outsider of the group since it has no real shape. The shape’s physical appearance is different from the rest, just like Othello is since he’s a moor and has a different skin tone. Towards the end of the third act Othello starts to lose his stern confidence front and his real insecurities come out....
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  • Critical commentary on Act 3, Scene 3, lines 262-293 of Othello by Shakespeare
    Critical commentary on Act 3, Scene 3, lines 262-293 This passage is primarily a monologue of Othello’s realisation that he cannot forgive Desdemona for being unfaithful, however much it hurts him. The destruction of Othello’s mind, due to Iago’s manipulation, is clearly evident in this passage as well because we see the unreasonable motives, driven by persuasion, behind everything he says and how he reacts to everything Desdemona says. Othello’s monologue begins with a repeat of the...
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  • Iago's Role - 993 Words
    Surely Othello possesses base characteristics--jealously, self-pity, murderous intent--but they are not presented as central or inherent to his character. They are not symbols of his otherness. "Othello's belief is not caused by jealousy; it is forced upon him by Iago, and is such as any man would and must feel who had believed in Iago as Othello did. His great mistake is that we know Iago for a villain from the first moment." This is the crux of the issue of sympathy for Othello's other status....
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  • O and Tim Blake Nelson
    The most obvious difference between the two movies is the settings. Oliver Parker has kept Othello in Venice while Tim Blake Nelson has made a more contemporary setting. Just as the settings of the two movies are drastically different, Othello and Odin appropriately fit into each setting. Oliver Parker’s Othello is an experienced solider who is incredibly mature and aware of himself. He has great trust in Iago and sees him as confidante and wants to hear all of his thoughts. Even though he has...
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  • ‘Some Interpreters of the Play Have Suggested That Othello Is the Noblest of Shakespeare’s Heroes, While Others Have Suggested He Is Weak and Narcissistic. with These Readings in Mind, How Do You Respond to Shakespeare’
    Othello is an epic tragedy. Shakespeare’s character Othello is a tragic figure as he is one who is relatively respected in society, but not by everyone as Iago does not have respect for him. Othello is let down by his own weakness, which is strong love and being too trusting.This essay will explore Shakespeare’s representation of Othello and different interpretations of his character. Shakespeare’s depiction of Othello can be perceived as weak and narcissistic or strong and heroic. One...
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  • Othello Tragic Hero - 982 Words
    Joel Nwamba Othello the outcome of the tragic hero Mrs. Dimitrio ENG3U1-02 Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 In William Shakespeare, Othello is well presented as an excellent leader, but a poor reasoner yet his ideal of leadership shows he’s a powerful man in matters of wars and state where relatively no one lies to Othello, it shows they all seem to respect him, friendship are never examined in the play he thinks those who...
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  • Othello - 505 Words
    Today I am questioned with why Othello not only believes Iago's lies, but succumbs to them and acts out upon them. The reasons behind this inculde the theme of honesty and trust, as seen in Iago's character. During the first few scenes it would appear that Othello is close to Iago, but not vice versa. Othello is seen freely presenting Iago as honest. It is then revealed that Iago isn't as honest as his name, but the complete opposite. The reason Othello calls him honest is beacause he trusts...
    505 Words | 2 Pages
    Compare and contrast how the theme of obsession in presented in Othello by William Shakespeare (1603), The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster (1614) and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1947) Obsession is defined in the Collins dictionary as 'a persistent emotion or desire that cannot be got rid of by reasoning', with psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud suggesting in 1925 that the actions of one obsessed are 'supported by a kind of energy which probably has no counterpart in normal mental...
    3,453 Words | 9 Pages
  • Miscegenation and Old Black Ram
    O T H E L L O HOW CAN THE TEXT (OTHELLO) BE READ AND INTERPRETED DIFFERENTLY BY TWO DIFFERENT READERS / AN ELIZABETHEAN READER AND A MODERN READER? Introduction. Paragraph 1 – gender. Paragraph 2 – race. Conclusion. GENDER Othello is one of the first black heroes in English literature. A military general, he has risen to a position of power and influence. At the same time, however, his status as a black-skinned foreigner in Venice marks him as an outside and exposes him to...
    2,042 Words | 7 Pages
  • Othello Act 3 - 12985 Words
    F663 Exemplar Answers with Commentaries June 2010 Introduction OCR has reproduced these exemplar candidate answers from the June 2010 series to support teachers in interpreting the assessment criteria for the GCE English Literature specifications. These exemplars should be read in conjunction with the past paper/mark scheme and Principal Examiner’s Report for unit F663 from the June 2010 exam series, also available on the OCR website. This content has been selected by senior OCR examiners, to...
    12,985 Words | 39 Pages
  • Rainbows End + Related Text
    TEEL An individual’s sense of belonging is determined not only by their own choices but also by the attitudes of others. Essay draft: Belonging brings to our attention the potential that all individuals are affected by not only their choices but the attitudes of others. The Notion of time allows for an individual’s perception to change and in-turn, form different attitudes towards people as we see through the characters in Rainbows End by Jane Harrison and Othello by William Shakespeare. An...
    1,690 Words | 5 Pages
  • Othello: Religious Motifs - 1935 Words
    Relationships in which people allow themselves to be manipulated through their weaknesses are truly flawed and have a great potential for failure. These relationships can become tainted by jealousy and rumours nurtured by deceitful individuals. Such is the situation in Shakespeare’s Othello, which depicts the tragic downfall of an apparently perfect relationship. Shakespeare uses images of heaven in the beginning of the play to emphasize the seemingly flawless love between Othello and...
    1,935 Words | 6 Pages
  • 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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  • the role of women in othello - 2371 Words
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