Plato once said that “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Outsiders, members of illegitimate societies, are shunned because of limitations and restrictions in society. They tend to gravitate towards the light, but very few complete their journey. In Othello, The Great Gatsby, and The Death of a Salesman, heroic ambitions for acceptance and escape from the darkness are combated by societal expectations, shown through the light, which acts as a lure, towards societal norms and goals. Ironically, however, the tragedies that face all the protagonists are because of the darkness, or secret desires that each character makes to overcome their expectations. Need to say how love and American dream are barriers.
This is an analysis of the lines 260-279 of the third scene of the third act of Shakespeare’s Othello.
Power is often the root at which conflicts begin. As those on the bottom attempt to gain power and those at the top of the power dynamic attempt to consistently degrade those below them to prevent them from gaining influence. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the surprise, seemingly societally transcendent, ability for Othello to gain power and Othello to be able to marry Desdemona, is immediately followed by those in power trying to relieve Othello of his role in society, leading Othello to even attempt to exert his own power. The powerful men of Othello attempt to destroy and subjugate the lives of others to prevent them from advancing and maintaining power.
Othello is decidedly not a racist work and Othello is a decidedly racist work, though — as contradicting as it seems — not simultaneously. It contains racist material, reactions and perhaps stereotypes of its characters’ creed but the work itself is not racist. The audience’s application of the material is the final step to complete the work and reactions have varied through the years. A modern audience may recognize the racist tones while a 16th century audience may not bat an eye at any of the situations and actions; not out of agreement but ignorance and undeveloped prejudice. Considering both Shakespeare’s play and its source material, the titular character’s own actions and relationships, and the changing view of racism opposed to prejudice, Othello cannot be simply defined as black or white.
In Othello by William Shakespeare, Othello opens with beautiful, eloquent language. He speaks in long monologues full of figurative language as he expresses his deep love for Desdemona. Desdemona claims that she originally fell in love with Othello because of his eloquent speech and mannerisms. However, when Iago uses the power of language to convince Othello of Desdemona’s infidelity, Othello looses his beautiful way of speech. When Othello looses his language he also looses his power over himself, and over others. This loss marks a huge shift in Othello and Iago’s relationship as Iago becomes more dominant and controlling over Othello. However, the final shift in Othello’s character is revealed in his last monologue in which we see again
The use of racial slurs and other racial remarks can greatly affect the development of any story or work. When racism is used, the work will be viewed in a new light, thus a different viewpoint could be taken. Racism will affect the overall tone and mood of the work. In Othello, William Shakespeare uses racism blatantly. It brings to light the attitude of the old European society towards those of different color, language, and race. In Europe, people of white complexion were in the mass and all the other races were made to be inferior. Therefore, Iago has a racist opinion of Othello as well as jealousy towards his successes throughout the entirety of the play.
Racism is an important feature of Shakespeare’s Othello.The play was written in a time were ethnic minorities were so unimportant that they were almost ignored. In the play “Othello”, a black man, is a well-respected and trusted general in Venice. However, when Othello marries Desdemona, the young and beautiful white daughter of Branbantio, boundaries seem to be broken. Racism is one of the most important themes in “Othello”. Race is one of the factors that Othello feels makes him an outsider, someone who comes from a foreign land and doesn’t quite belong. The doubts and insecurities he experiences along the way are,in part, due to his skin color. Iago capitalises on this insecurity, making his color affect his interactions with others,
As a tragic hero, Othello must have a high position to fall from, but his high position must not keep him from being likeable. He must be noble in position and personality. The audience must be able to recognize his humanity, feel sympathy for him, in order to experience the catharsis a tragedy offers. When Othello is forced to defend himself before the duke and senators against Brabantio’s accusation that he used witchcraft to seduce Desdemona, his noble personality is clearly established. Details of his speech, specifically diction, syntax, repetition, imagery, and figurative language, characterize Othello as noble, one worthy of both admiration and sympathy.
The portrayal of character self-discoveries and the exploration of unknown aspects of humanity within literature reveal not only the intricacies of human nature, but trigger within the audience a newfound understanding of the complexity of the human experience. Shakespeare, throughout “The Tempest” utilises the dichotomous character of Prospero to exemplify the dual nature of mankind, challenging the explicit polarisation between good and evil amongst humanity. The juxtaposition between Prospero’s cruel, commanding persona, as expressed through the vicious threats of “I’ll rack thee with old cramps, fill all thy bones with aches” as opposed to his loving protective treatment of his daughter who he fondly refers to as “cherubim” accentuates
Drama Character Reports (English 102) From Othello, evaluate the character OTHELLO for the themes of pride, jealousy and love. Othello is one of the leading and main characters of the play. He is an eloquent speaker and holds the position of general in the army of Venice. He is very successful in
The intricate concept of belonging is one of a complex nature, that can be developed and formed within an individual’s identity in accordance to an amalgamation of attributes; such attributes include people, places, societies and the larger world. These attribute are often influenced by context. When a coalescence of these features is beneficial to an individual, a sense of belonging is generated, creating acceptance and union within them. On the other hand, when these features are detrimental to an individual, a sense of belonging, or in this case, lack thereof, is produced, forming solitariness and seclusion within them. Though the notion of belonging may stimulate ideas of inclusion and involvement, some texts may choose to depict decisions of exclusion or obstacles that hinder
Othello carries himself well throughout all the situations he encounters always maintaining a level head and a respectful nature and words. Even though Barbantio is accusing Othello of stealing away Desdemona in a malicious way, Othello maintains a calm and respectful manner of speech and action. He manages to deliver his testimony whilst still speaking eloquently and without showing any offense towards his accusers. (I.III.91-97). Othello’s ability to remain calm and respectful throughout the entire ordeal with Barbantio demonstrates his qualities of being poised and polite. Also, Othello demonstrates a great value towards having good manners such as when how he addresses other powerful political and military figures, “Most potent, grave,