According to Aristotle a tragic hero is a person, usually a man, of high position with outstanding qualities and greatness about him. In the plays Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and Othello by William Shakespeare the main characters are classified as tragic heroes. Oedipus grew up with his adoptive parents as his biological parents did not want him fearing a prophecy that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. Othello was betrayed by a soldier, Iago, because the soldier did not get the position he wanted. Iago began to spread lies about Othello’s wife, Desdemona, as well as other people he trust.
Desdemona is the perpetual dutiful wife to Othello, which fulfills feminist expectations of women as wives during this time period. Desdemona can be viewed as submissive and oppressed.n this quote, Othello is stating that his wife’s supposed infidelity has ruined his name and turned it “black” and dirty like his own face, showing that a woman’s fidelity was linked to a man’s honor. In this case, a woman’s promiscuity not only devalued her, but also her partner.
Finding one’s identity is a necessary part of life. Before one can know where he/she belongs, one must know who he/she is. Though this sounds simple, finding one’s identity is not an easy task. In many cases, someone may have an obstacle blocking him/her from truly finding his/her identity. But, in the end, everyone hopefully has figured out who they really are.
The Emalia-Desdemona relationship is an interesting and complicated one. At first glance, it might seem that Emalia serves as the jaded foil to Desdemona’s innocent naivety about love. However, a closer, sympathetic look at Emalia shows she has plenty of reasons to be as hardened as she has become. The role of Iago’s wife can’t be an easy one, and he is usually too concerned with revenge to pay much attention to her. He’s arguably one of the cruelest Shakespearean villains, and Emalia is just trying to survive unscathed.
Vulnerability is found at the core of relationships. While with another person, one finds intensified happiness, sadness, and even jealousy. In the beginning of the play Othello by William Shakespeare, Desdemona and Othello sneak off to get married. Othello is black and high ranked in the military while Desdemona is a beautiful girl who’s father does not approve. Because of the color of his skin and other factors Othello seems to be really self conscious of himself.
Both characters show a level of obliviousness of the plots in play around them. Desdemona is neglectful of Iago's trap when she permits herself to be seen with Cassio as Iago uncovers the sight to attentive Othello; at the same time, Desdemona says of Iago, "I never knew/ A Florentine more kind and legit. " However, while Emilia is unconscious of the damage she got to be included in when Iago requested she give him Desdemona's cloth, she is befuddled by Othello's suspicions and says, "If any villain has placed this in your mind,/Let paradise compensate it with the serpent's condemnation!"
Throughout a persons life there will be countless ups and downs, and the determining factor if a person has good morals is if they choose to dwell on the negativity and let the ugly side of human nature take over. The play, “Othello,” written by William Shakespeare, is an obscure and theatrical tragedy that highlights human flaws such as envy, discrimination, and sexism. The play takes place in Venice and Cyprus during the Renaissance and is about a Moor general named Othello, who has married and run off with Desdemona, the daughter of a Venetian nobleman. There are numerous bizarre and comic scenes that repeat and reflect the serious substance of the play, such as perhaps the most significant scene in which Desdemona and Iago argue over Iago’s
In Shakespeare’s two plays, Othello and The Taming of the Shrew patterns of domination and submission are explored in relation to the shared issue of gender and power contained in each play. In Shakespeare’s time, women were expected to carry themselves a certain way to maintain the honor of their families. Shakespeare writes Othello and The Taming of the Shrew in the Elizabethan era which readers can see by the way the male figures in the plays see their women as property than human beings. By writing from the Elizabethan point-of-view, it effects the way each play is perceived as behavior previously seen as acceptable may now be viewed as unacceptable from a feminist perspective. For example, in The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio dehumanizes Katharina’s character which results in Katharina’s submission to her husband, Petruchio.
A revision of Shakespeare’s tragedies Othello and Romeo and Juliet, Ann-Marie MacDonald’s comedy Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) follows Constance Ledbelly, an assistant professor at Queen’s University, as she delves into the plots of the two plays, attempting to discern the possible influence of a Wise Fool on the texts, as well as embarking on her own path of self-discovery. Throughout the novel, moments of laughter arise, many of which provoke broader discussion of the topics broach. MacDonald wields comedy to develop the theme that to achieve personal success, one must not simply imbibe the words of others, but understand and analyze the deeper meanings behind them. Comedic situations arise when characters in the two texts explored by
Behind the Scene with Desdemona While people believe Desdemona can be portrayed in a variety of ways from a rash young woman to an independent, free-thinking woman who stands out for the time-period, I cannot wrap my head around her being anything less than a intensely independent, strong character. The film version of Othello inspired me to portray Desdemona as a strong woman with undying loyalty to her husband. Considering the film adaptation paired with the original storyline, I envision Desdemona as a fiercely strong female character. While I did not completely agree with the portrayal of Desdemona in the film, I felt it was a good foundation to start my own interpretation.