In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the author claims that revenge and madness are related because the need for revenge can cause one to go insane trying to get their revenge. This comparison comes up when Hamlet kills Polonius, Ophelia goes insane, and when Laertes attempts to do anything to avenge his father and Ophelia. Shakespeare’s claims that madness and revenge are related are not true today because people generally get revenge through the legal system, and rarely have issues as large as those in Hamlet where they would feel such a strong need for revenge. These modern comparisons show up in workplace revenge, the people who generally seek revenge, and the effect revenge has on people. The first way Shakespeare expresses the
During the Elizabethan Era, drama began to flourish in Western Europe. Plays have become more violent and dramatic as well as new ways of driving a performance. William Shakespeare’s Othello involves a man named Iago who wants to get revenge on Othello who is known as ‘the Moor of Venice’. Iago is able to get Othello to fully trust him and manipulates Othello to believe in false claims which eventually brings both of them to their downfall. A soliloquy acts as an aid to the audience in order to understand a character’s internal thoughts.
Pride, greed, and lust drove Iago to poisoning Desdemona 's father and eventually ruining the marriage between Desdemona and Othello. In his play, he approach the problems the world faces in a comedic manner. People let greed and lust persuade them to do crazy things. Othello and Iago are foil characters in Othello. Iago let his vengeful ways and deceitful motives alter his decisions while Othello appears in the opening acts as the very personification of self control”(Harbage).
Shakespeare 's Othello centers around the power of jealousy and how it can end up causing the death of a couple and some of those around them. Othello seems to grow incredibly jealous of his wife, Desdemona, and his lieutenant, Cassio’s fake affair that Iago, the villain, has convinced Othello of. As an act of jealousy, Othello decides to kill Desdemona to prevent her from hurting more men and then after realizing everything was part of Iago’s plan he kills himself due to the guilt he feels after having killed his wife. Shakespeare’s use of figurative language and symbolism in act 5 scene 2 reveals how even though Othello truly loves Desdemona, his jealousy for what he believes she has done has completely clouded his judgment and taken over
True Motives in Deceitful People Envy and deceit are catalysts for revenge. William Shakespeare idolized Geoffrey Chaucer and allowed him to influence his plays and poems. All of his works were written in a poetic language. In the tragedy, Othello, Shakespeare uses characterization and external conflict to create Iago’s deceptive, vengeful, and envious motives. Using the characters’ relationships against them, the play reveals the power of deception and misinformation to destroy trust and loyalty.
With deceit being used as a device to dramatise the characters and plotlines, it seems to consume the play. Shakespeare immediately uses this device in Act I scene I when Iago states “I am not what I am.” (1.1.67) This reveals two sides of Iago’s character, the one he appears to be to Othello and the other in his soliloquies to the audience. Iago is filled with jealousy and anger towards Othello for having passed him over for the position of lieutenant and is seen to feel no remorse revealing that he plans to sabotage Othello and Desdemona’s marriage by telling her father. “Incense her kinsmen, And, though he in a fertile climate dwell, Plague him with flies.” (1.1.76-78). Iago also claims that Othello may have slept with his wife Emilia, “It is thought abroad that ’twixt my sheets he has done my office” (1.3.324-325) however these claims lack substance and do not explain Iago’s true motivation for his revenge scheme.
Othello slanders his race when talking about his reputation, he compares his prior good reputation to the freshness of a white face and now that Othello feels like Desdemona tainted his reputation, he compares it to his ‘begrimed and black face’. Othello starts to internalize the racist slander and now associates his reputation with his own skin; something dirty and stained. When Othello feels like he no longer has control of Desdemona he becomes unreasonable and vengeful, “arise, black vengeance, from thy hollow cell” (3.3.48). Othello believes that Desdemona is unloyal. He becomes angry and wants to get revenge on her for ruining his reputation.
Like one of the reason, we betray people is to protect someone or yourself. In Hamlet, Shakespeare reveals that betrayal is hopeless because of it a domino effect. That means it keeps happening over and over again. For instance, in the play, Claudius had to betray his brother because he wanted to take Hamlet father 's throne. In this quote, “Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts- So to seduce!- won to his shameful lust, The will of my most seeming- virtuous queen.” The metaphor is used in this quote and the old ghost Hamlet describes Claudius as a “ traitorous gift” meaning Claudius is an untrustworthy person because of what he has done to old ghost Hamlet.
Readers can learn some things about Grendel in Beowulf but in order to dive deeper into the character and who he is, people go to the book Grendel. The book takes a closer look at Grendel and how he discovers the order and disorder of people and the world (Sanchez). Grendel is thought to symbolize the dark side of humanity, or the sins of man (Farrell). It’s easy for readers to sympathize with Grendel at points because he is a natural outcast of society. He is said to be the son of Cain and because of that he was labeled from day one (Sanchez).
Hamlet Hamlet is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare. It is a play that involves numerous deaths. Hamlet is the main character in the play and he is depicted as an insane person. Hamlet faked his madness so as to confuse Claudius and his assistants in order to find the truth about the death of his father. He acted strange when he was around the king and his attendants and this is evident when he tells his friend Guildenstem that "his uncle-father and aunt-mother are deceived" (Shakespeare).