Othello by William Shakespeare is a tale best looked at as a series of mangled puzzles, and deceptive tales. Throughout the course of the novel, Shakespeare frequently equivocates on the nature of one character’s actions and motivations: Iago. To the other characters in the novel, Iago is presented as the steady adhesive holding his fellow Venetian’s together through periods of crisis; however to the reader, Iago is known as a conniving and covetous individual who is ready and pry and steal what he wants through mistrust and deception. These mirages serve not only to fortify Iago’s ever-growing power, but also to cement him as a devious villain. Through the character of Iago, Shakespeare is able to manufacture a false reputation of honesty and trustworthiness towards Othello, conveying that villainy often arises from jealousy and revenge.
Being Fair but Doing Foul The play “Macbeth” is one of William Shakespeare’s most timeless pieces. The plotline of the play follows the actions of Macbeth, a Scottish royal who takes action to ascend in the royal ranks after interacting with supernatural forces. The piece discusses Macbeth’s transformation using themes of human flaws such as ambition, greed or power-lust. Although it might seem that he is driven to evil by outside forces, the person to blame for the killing in the play is Macbeth. Throughout the major plot-points of the play, the “protagonist” proves the old adage correct: actions do speak louder than words.
History Repeats Itself, First As A Tragedy, Second As A Farce Titus Andronicus is believed to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy, and has often been regarded as one of his worst plays. However, by reading this play one can grasp the motifs behind certain important characters that Shakespeare would later write about, making the play an important and influential work despite how one feels about it. If the play is looked at through a Marxist scope, it can be seen that these motifs drew from authentic qualities from the state of affairs in Shakespeare’s own life. Some of these motifs include men in power going mad, seen first in Titus Andronicus himself, though subsequently seen in characters such as King Lear and Hamlet. It is likely that this quality
The first act of Othello is a microcosm of sorts for the entire play. In the first act, the reader sees Iago infect two characters with his evil methods, which are reflections of Iagos’ maneuvers in the subsequent Acts of the play, those Acts which progress according to Iago’s actions. In Shakespeare’s Othello, the characters’ strong and symbolic diction is an essential element in the progression of the events of the play. In considering the character of Iago with respect to his diction, the reader recognizes literary patterns which allow for a more profound insight into the text. Although these patterns should be viewed in light of the aggregate of the work, it is in Act 2 that the greatest amount of Iago’s metaphorical speech of disease and infection is found, wherein begins to craft his fatal web.
These themes are love, jealousy, revenge, race, reality, and appearance. Iago plays an important role in the play which made a lot of critics interpret his role differently. A.C. Bradley and F.R. Leavis are two critics who have been debating over the two characters, Othello and Iago, and both of them have a different analysis on these two characters. Othello is the protagonist and the tragic hero of this tragedy play.
In William Shakespeare 's play Othello, most characters commit something wrong, there are two characters who execute most of the play, but there 's one character who commits the greater wrong. The characters hurt and betray one another frequently, the play is focused on Iago trying to plot his plan as the play goes on, his intentions are to get revenge on Othello for one not promoting him to lieutenant and believing that Othello slept with his wife Emilia. For that Iago manipulates Othello 's wife Desdemona, Roderigo, Emilia and Cassio. Iago commits the greater wrong, for being manipulative, deceivious, and betraying. Iago and Othello are both main characters who have their way of making trouble, some would say Othello commits more wrong for falling into Iago 's lies and causing trouble, but Iago is actually the one who made the deaths happen and made more problems than Othello did or any other character.
In Othello Shakespeare demonstrates Iago’s artistry as a manipulator and as a villain through the speech in Act I scene iii, revealing Iago as the driving force of the play. Iago argues that he has the ability to control his emotions and desires, presenting his character as a master over his own thoughts and feelings. The speech begins with a rhetorical question with Iago claiming that virtue, our natures, is “a fig,” essentially stating that such a virtue doesn’t truly exist. Already Iago is establishing himself as a nefarious, or at least unheroic, character as he holds himself to no moral code. Moreover, Iago’s ambitious character is further exemplified by the analogy he uses, claiming that our “bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners” (I. iii.
This self-made fate relates to Macbeth in how the witches prophesized a certain title for Macbeth and he interpreted his ambition in a way that led to destruction. Although it seems that Hernandez- or Macbeth- hold multiple facets of material honor, the reality is that the sickness of heart that they bear is what they mold their lives around. Despite the titles granted, both men epitomize inner evil which becomes evident through comparison to others of the same fame. In Act IV of the play Macbeth, author William Shakespeare incorporates the motif of appearance versus reality alongside sarcasm in order to exemplify the contrast of goodness and the evil within Macbeth. Shakespeare uses sarcasm in order to transparently display the cynicism surrounding Macbeth's dignity.
“The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength” quoted by Robert Shea. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a strong judgement error that inevitably leads to their own destruction. It is a literary technique used by writers in drama to entertain the audience and can also teach a moral lesson. The audience can learn from the mistakes committed by the character(s) and avoid doing the same. A writer that commonly uses this technique is William Shakespeare.
Horatio says, “A mote it is to trouble the mind’s eye./ In the most high and palmy state of Rome,/ A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,”(1.1.124-126), revealing his belief of a possible downfall of Denmark or a character in the play. In conclusion, The Tragedy of Hamlet works with the allusions of Hyperion and Satyr, Cain and Abel, and Julius Caesar along with a vast number of other allusions. Playwright William Shakespeare includes allusions to create a deeper understanding of the theme, the plot, the conflict, and the character and plot development in the revenge play Hamlet. Like many other greater creators, Shakespeare borrowed from other artists to bring mythology and history back to life in a new work of