In the play Othello, William Shakespeare creates an elaborate tragedy with various in depth characters, enhancing the story with powerful characterization. Iago, the main antagonist of Othello, exemplifies Shakespeare’s use of characterization to create in depth and complex characters. Using his manipulative nature, intellectual mind, egotistical attitude, and dishonesty, Iago controls the other characters in order to achieve his goal, leading Othello to succumb to an overwhelming jealousy causing his downfall. In order for Iago to gain control of the characters in the play, he manipulates Othello, Roderigo, Cassio, and more to believe false information and turn on one another. In the opening act of the play, Iago and Roderigo wake Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, from his sleep, informing him of his daughter’s marriage to the Moor, Othello.
Then John Proctor realizes that everything is a lie and get the truth to everybody. He is now confident and would do everything to save it. He even risks his life to spread the truth. A good example that he is open about his opinion and has no fear to talk about it with anybody, e.g. “You are pulling Heaven down and raising up a whore!”.
No protagonist’s journey is complete without an antagonist there to reap in their sorrows. One could argue that King Lear there is no protagonist, but there are clear antagonists. Edmund, bastard son of Gloucester, is one of these painfully obvious villains. Every motive he has is to make himself the victor and drag someone else down. The treachery of Edmund’s villainy enhances the meaning of King Lear by putting him in situations that are not only dramatic, but outrageous.
Additionally, they are both vengeful. Hamlet shows that he is vengeful when he says “Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge”. Laertes shows that he is vengeful when he wants to kill Hamlet. They also both care about Ophelia. On the other hand, Hamlet and Laertes have some differences.
His ability to control what he says while burning with desire for revenge shows how important it is for Montresor in perfecting his plan, signifying his freakish obsession of harming Fortunato once again. Even after half a century, Montresor shows no remorse for murdering Fortunato. Instead, his obsession with his clever plan leads him to look back only to acquire a satisfying feeling. Although Montresor is a classic example of an unreliable character, Poe reveals the truth about human nature through his compulsive actions. We pretend to not relate to Montresor as he has a severe case of OCD.
In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare we are introduced to Othello who is the protagonist and faces a lot of obstacles, one of them being betrayal. Throughout the whole play we witness betrayal from many of the characters through their irrational behavior and actions. However the biggest betrayal we see is from Iago, who is the antagonist, in other words, the villain of the play. Iago plans on having his revenge and betraying Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, Rodrigo and even his wife, Emilia. Betrayal is wrong and something that can’t be forgiven, at the end betrayal breaks friendships as well as lives and trust which never works out well in the end.
Iago planted Jealousy within Othello with a rumor that Iago made up himself. He told Othello about Cassio and Desdemona having an affair behind Othello’s back. Iago could have made this rumor about anyone but he still chose Cassio. Iago wants Cassio and Othello to suffer for the decision Othello made. He makes Othello so infuriated that he wants Cassio dead.
In the play, Othello, written by William Shakespeare, different characters embody different paradoxes, as part of the play focuses on the idea of paradoxes, situations or characters that combine contradictory features or qualities. Michael Cassio, former lieutenant to Othello, demonstrates this idea of paradox through the disparity between his seemingly noble character and his ability to treat another human being with contempt, reminding the reader than even the character appearing to be the most noble can have significant flaws. Cassio represents the paradox of someone who acts a specific way around a certain audience, and then completely differently around another audience, two seemingly contradictory sides of himself and his behavior.
This depicts how Iagoruthlesslytakes favorable position of absurd Roderigo for his own particular needs and arranges him once his worth is spent. By and large, Roderigo is a pawn in Iago‟s conspires, controlled and oppressed through his visually impaired desire for Desdemona (Baker and Womack 1538). In this way, Iago abuses Roderigo‟s innocence and fixation on Desdemona by beguiling and controlling him keeping in mind the end goal to realize the ruin of alternate characters. Besides, Iago profits by Cassio‟s trusting nature by putting on a show to be his companion while secretly deceptive him. At first, Iago weights Cassio to drink, getting him inebriated to bring about a fracas.
Responsibility is the ability to realize the fault in your actions and accept the consequences. In Shakespeare 's Othello, a play that explores love, jealousy and betrayal, three characters experience a pivotal revelation than fundamentally changes them. Both Othello and Emilia experience a moment of truth in which they accept responsibility for their actions and achieve nobility of character. During his moment of truth, Othello accepts that his irrationality cost Desdemona her life and that he must receive punishment. After Iago has killed Emilia for her disloyalty Othello exclaims towards Desdemona 's body “O ill-starr’d wench, pale as thy smock” By calling Desdemona “ill starr 'd” Othello is drawing an allusion to the belief that people
Whilst Mercutio is known for being a ‘wild child’ and making lewd jokes, Benvolio’s saintly pure personality balances him out and even prompts him to change his actions or thoughts from time to time. When Mercutio and Benvolio are having a discussion about love, Benvolio is trying to convince Mercutio that “Blind is his love and best befits the dark” (II.iv.36), and whilst Mercutio does properly answer “If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark-“ (II.iv.37) he eventually reverts back to his old self by lewdly joking that Benvolio is an “-open arse-“ and a “-pop’rin pear” (II.iv.41). Mercutio 's attempts at acknowledging Benvolio’s suggestions shows that his efforts are appreciated, considered to an extent and do create reasonable dents in Mercutio’s obscene personality. However, this does not mean that Benvolio is exempt from the effects of Mercutio’s vulgar personality. When both young men encounter the Nurse, Mercutio, naturally, begins to tease the Nurse; Benvolio, evidently influenced by Mercutio, joins in by joking that the Nurse will “-indite him to some supper.” (II.iv.65).