In his play Othello, William Shakespeare portrays evil through his character Iago. From the beginning, Iago deeply dislikes Othello and wants him to suffer. The readers find out that because of this hatred, Iago plans to ruin Othello. Iago plots to use many innocent people in order to gain the revenge he so badly desires. At the end of Act II, scene i, Iago’s soliloquy reveals his character motivation and plan for revenge through the use of foreshadowing and ominous diction.
Othello is one of William Shakespeare’s classic plays which centres on two main characters, the villainous and manipulative Iago, and the powerful yet insecure Othello. Throughout the play, it is Iago’s goal to ruin Othello’s life which turns in to a constant battle for him. In the play, Othello is blinded by the manipulation of Iago, thus showing Othello’s jealousy and Iago’s manipulation, then causing him to commit a series of wrong acts. It is evident that throughout the play Iago uses his persuasive powers and figurative language to effect Othello’s mood and personality. It all started when Iago was hopeful to get the title of Lieutenant from Othello, who he graciously looked up to.
The society in this book seemed to be the type that followed the rules or if you didn’t the worst things were going to happen to you. Everybody makes mistake and they try to learn and move on from them but killing someone intentionally would stick with that person forever and they would never be the same. Therefore, some people debate on whether he was completely out of place for killing Beatty or did the best thing for society. Although Montag killed Beatty, many people debate over whether it was the right thing to do or not.
In the play, the author seemingly juxtaposes both Othello and his nemesis, Iago. However, upon closer inspection, Othello and Iago suffer from similar flaws. Iago, using his knowledge of his own flaws-- jealousy and vengeance--, exploits Othello’s need for reputation, ultimately ruining
Genghis Khan once said “an action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure”, thus ultimately leaving those with malicious intentions to wallow in their collapsed dreams. These wise words of advice apply to many circumstances in Othello, by William Shakespeare, where one man’s desperate thirst for revenge causes him to manipulate those around him. Iago’s heinous motives drive him to fulfill the needs of his unruly God complex. In Othello, Shakespeare characterizes Iago as astute through the use of hyperbole and metaphors. We can learn from Iago that having an air of superiority results in a distorted view of reality and can eventually lead to bitterness and hate.
“Fate is enigmatic to us all… one of the immutable common denominators of our condition; no career of rampant ‘manly’ self-assertion can hope to circumvent or control it” (Ramsey). Macbeth, a tragedy focused on the paradox of fate and free will, is the very tale of human flaws, where we stumble and grapple at the loose edges of fate’s rocky, monstrous barrier as we try to control our future; we desperately seek out manliness and strength, only to develop cruelty, which drags us down under fate’s shackle’s again. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, masculinity and cruelty are explored as a military genius, Macbeth, is confronted by three witches that prophesize his sudden rise to power. Overcome by ambition and driven by his wife’s insinuating doubts in his manliness, Macbeth resorts to cruelty as he fights to gain the throne and maintain his authority. By the end of the play, Macbeth’s defeat and death acts as a symbol suggesting a relationship between masculinity and cruelty.
I do wonder if Macbeth has any sense of morality left within him. To what extent is he willing to go in order to ensure that his life and position as king is secured? If I had possibly sided with Macbeth would we both live our lives happily? No, he would’ve killed either Fleance or me when we are to ourselves. He had believed in his own prophesized fate, so it’d be foolish to think that he’d over look what the witches had prophesized about me.
In the murderous “Macbeth”, the famous playwright, William Shakespeare conveys the theme that noble deeds such as hosting social functions are utilized to masquerade evil intentions in order to maintain power. Since the beginning of mankind, humanity has been known to adhere to actions of betrayal and illusion to further their own selfishness agendas, as so it is necessary for survival. With this in mind, many theatrical and literary works have been created around this very aspect of human behavior. In the case of the tragedy, Shakespeare’s ultimate purpose is to illuminate this very idea of man’s greed and ambition that are altogether hidden with the symbolism of the feast scene and emphasized by the dramatic irony in Act three. In conjunction
In the murderous “Macbeth”, the famous playwright, William Shakespeare conveys the theme that noble deeds such as hosting social functions are utilized to masquerade evil intentions in order to maintain power. Since the beginning of mankind, humanity has been known to adhere to actions of betrayal and illusion to further their own selfish agendas, as so it is necessary for survival. With this in mind, many theatrical and literary works have been created around this very aspect of human behavior. In the case of the tragedy, Shakespeare’s ultimate purpose is to illuminate this very idea of man’s greed and ambition that are altogether hidden with the symbolism of the feast scene and emphasized by the dramatic irony in Act three. In conjunction with a dark, bleak and an overall depressing tone, the reader observes Macbeth’s bloody and deceitful journey to the throne and the use of the feast scene to do so.
Exploring Macbeth’s guilt, influences, and Shakespeare’s theme of fate versus free will supports further blame on Macbeth’s actions. Unquestionably, Macbeth becomes insane as a result of his devious actions. So to answer the question: if an individual has free will, then is that person responsible for his or her crimes, the tragedy of Macbeth provides the absolute answer to this
When setting a goal, one often strategizes and uses various tactics to ultimately achieve one’s desired objective. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the character of Iago does exactly that. Iago’s sinister intent is to ruin Othello’s life by gaining his trust and then backstabbing him. In order to ensure the success of his plot to “poison his delight” (Shakespeare 1.1. 68), Iago exploits the people around him with different methods. One of the most prominent strategies that Iago utilizes is racism - but this does not necessarily imply that he is a genuine racist.
Iago's Deception Although one's lies and deceit may be justified of good reasons for themselves, it can cause catastrophe with others in the end. With each lie, comes a truth to it. As multiple layers of lies pile on each other, it misleads others into trouble. In Shakespeare's Othello, Shakespeare creates the character, Iago, to be an intricate and cunning person who's motives are fueled by revenge.