He takes a malevolent delight in dishing out severe justice, proclaiming in one scene: “hoping you’ll find good cause to whip them all”.One way in which Angelo asserts his authority is by cracking down on the city’s sexual immorality, sentencing the young Claudio to death for impregnating his lover. But when Claudio’s virtuous sister Isabella comes to beg for mercy for her brother, Angelo’s intense hypocrisy is revealed. Consumed by lust for Isabella he propositions her, claiming he will reprieve Claudio if she agrees – and if not, her brother’s death is guaranteed to be slow and tortuous. Revelations from Angelo’s past highlight further his cruel nature, as the audience learns that he abandoned his fiancée when her dowry was lost in a
Believing that both men seduced his wife is another reason to continue his ruthless scheme against the two. This is where Iago’s jealousy and envy commenced and seeking of revenge. Iago is the villain of the play. He is very good at manipulating people and misleading to get the reaction he wants. He
Throughout the play Iago tries to ruin Othello to steal Othello’s job and gain more power. Since Iago’s lies have gotten the attention of Othello, there has been changes in Othello’s behavior that makes Lodovico question, “Is this the noble Moor whom our full senate/ Call all in all sufficient? Is this the nature/ Whom passion could not shake? Whose solid virtue/ The shot of accident nor dart of chance/ Could neither graze nor pierce?” (4.1.259-263). Due to Lodovico questioning Othello’s behavior, Shakespeare shows how Iago has gotten Othello stuck with only one side of the story changed Othello’s behavior that some are questioning whether Othello should rule or not.
William Shakespeare in the play, Macbeth, asserts that man can easily succumb to evil. Shakespeare supports his assertions by illustrating the conflicting nature of man through the images of light and dark. The author's purpose is to show a weakness in man so that the audiences sees the inner battle that every man must face between good and evil and how it interacts with their goals and aspirations. In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses imagery of light and dark to establish this unseen battle within and helps set the suspending tone for the play. For human kind in the light the soul is good and clean, in the dark, evil conspires against good and shows the soul dark and unclean.
In the play, Shakespeare portrays Hamlet as a dynamic character to cause a mental state conundrum among the audience and explore the themes of suicide, spying, friendship, madness, providence, love, hate and humour. Furthermore, by utilising literary devices such as soliloquy, characterisation, dialogue, personification, metaphor, dramatic and situational irony Shakespeare exploits these themes and questions Hamlet’s sanity. In the beginning, Hamlet is portrayed as an overthinking person, claiming to act an antic disposition. However, as the play advances his manic rage and irrational acts such as Polonius’s murder and
In the play the Montagues and the Capulets have an “ancient grudge… where civil blood makes civil hands unclean”, due to the vendetta the two lovers were driven to death because of their forbidden love (Shakespeare). Unlike Shakespeare, Wilde uses names to further the satirical nature of The Importance of Being Earnest. Throughout the play Wilde is perpetually using situational irony, exaggeration, deflation and epigrammatic phrases in order to ridicule societies social norms. Although the play is satirical it also gives a lot of insight on the importance of names. The play states that names are enough to judge character and even status in society.
The play tells how the powerful army, Othello whose life and marriage are destroyed by a misleading and jealous, Iago. It is a play that feels very close to the audiences, it also focuses on feelings and addresses the theme of Love, death as well as jealousy, hate and finally treachery... The title of the play suggests that the tragedy belongs primarily to Othello; however, Iago plays an important role in the plot. For this reason, we have different opinions and critics concerning Iago’s role in this tragedy. For one thing, Bradley (1904) believes that the play is “the undoing of the noble Moor by the devilish cunning of Iago,” on the other hand; Leavis (1963) attacks the Bradley view and notes that the protagonist and the main character of this play is Othello himself.
Deception overrules honesty in many occasions especially in Shakespeare’s tragedies. In Othello Iago has a plan to get the job of lieutenant and this he can only do with the help of lying and deception. He manipulates Cassio into drinking too much at one of their parties and this gets Cassio fired. In the play it says, “...Cassio, I love thee, but nevermore be officer of mine”(Act 2 Scene 3 Line 265). Iago wants the job of lieutenant that Cassio
Iago’s jealousy is essentially what creates the whole play of Othello. His jealousy is what motivates him to start manipulating everyone in order to get revenge. His actions done in jealousy cause multiple deaths and make a great man turn into an insecure and irrational one. He creates a domino effect in which every action has a consequence that benefits him but slowly ruins everyone around him. Iago tells Othello to beware of jealousy because “..it is the green-eyed monster…” (Shakespeare.
In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, we encounter a man named Lago who feels that he has been wronged in several ways and seeks his revenge on two men, Cassio and Othello. Lago proves to be a very jealous man, though he has the mental capacity to set aside his emotions and act according to reason and careful planning. Lago is a man who loves to see his success in the manipulative work that he does, with no care for the life of another lost due to his (Lago’s) actions. This very jealous man Lago, has the mental capacity to restrain himself from rash action and plan revenge carefully enough that others are entirely unaware of Lago’s manipulation of them. In Act 2 Scene 1, Lago expresses great jealousy for Cassio, along with hatred for both Cassio and Othello while under the impression that they both have seduced his wife.