The sympathy felt for a character often remains through character revelation. In spite of the change in personality and morals the first impression of the character is not forgotten. Othello who commits violent acts throughout the play ends his life with honour, reminding us he was originally introduced as a respected man of high position. A person can be manipulated by others to act outside of their character, and their emotions can blind them from making good decisions. In the end a person’s true character is reflected upon the way they react to the results of their wrong doing. It is possible to feel pathos for Othello in spite of his actions as his mistakes are a result of manipulation and do not demonstrate his true temperament, concluding
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Before taking this ethics course, I was really questioning if this course would benefit me as a future healthcare professional or make me a better person. Throughout this semester, I have learned about many different philosophers. Some philosophers, I knew very little about and some that I have never heard of before. After reading and learning about the many philosophers, the three philosophers that I felt contributed to me becoming an educated citizen were Aristotle, John Stuart Mills, and Sarcrates. Aristotle’s views help me become an effective communicator in my personal life as well as a future healthcare professional due to his ethos, pathos, and logos logic.
Act 2 Scene 1 The start of act 2 is where Shakespeare reveals what Iago is truly like. He was the most important character in this scene as it is centered mostly on his actions and thoughts. This scene reveals Iago’s plan to destroy Othello and Desdemona’s relationship as a revenge for giving Cassio the position of being a lieutenant. It also talks about how women was viewed during that time and shows the difference in the way the character speaks depending on their social status.
The play of Othello is a tragedy that exposes the characters in several ways, causing conflict and envy, eventually leading to a tragic end. To achieve this tragic end, Iago uses manipulation in order to change the views of, and bring out multiple personalities in the characters. One's perception of a situation is directly proportional to the demeanor of a person. When a person changes the way that they look at a situation, the entire way that they present themself; their attitude, behavior, and traits that they exude, change.
She is bounded to him emotionally and inwardly, thus she invariably believes the best of him. Her utmost loyalty to him is a result of her naive, obedient and passive nature. Her love for him is unconditional, and her senses are dimmed due to her absolute devotion to Othello. Consequently, she approaches and analyzes his anger, and their arguments emotionally rather than logically. She was loyal to Othello even after he committed murder to her, which is utterly against the moral values .
The tragedy of Othello written by William Shakespeare presents the main character Othello as a respectable, honorable, and dignified man. However, because of his insecurities and good nature he is easily taken advantage of and manipulated by his alleged friends. Shakespeare is known for his exceptional ability to compose plays full of deceit, revenge, and jealousy. Jealousy is an underlying theme throughout the tragedy and has been represented by many of the main characters, such as Iago, Roderigo, and Othello. The topic of jealousy will ultimately lead to the demise of many characters throughout the tragedy.
Just as in Sophocles' timeless Antigone, in Othello, hubris proves again to be a great man's hamartia. Similar to King Creon's tragic fall, Othello's blind killing of his soulmate, Desdemona, displays that pride can only lead in one's implosion. No ending is as quintessentially Shakespearian as watching a once loyal subordinate become disparaged to the point of blind fury by his formal idol. The fatal concoction of hubris and the desire to excel can land in disaster, and the ends rarely justify the means.
His nature tends outward. He is quite free from introspection, and is not given to reflection. Emotion excites his imagination, but it confuses and dulls his intellect.” “Othello’s nature is all of one piece. His trust, where he trusts, is absolute.
Usually Othello is a calm and composed man. Obliviousness is more evident in Othello rather than tragic flaw. He simply makes the mistake of believing what Iago says, rather than doing some investigation for himself. At first Othello was a renowned leader who loved his wife dearly. But because of his jealous ways, he was gullible to believe Iago’s corrupted tales of Desdemona and Cassio.
The common aim of playwrights of any time or location is to capture and hold the attention of their audience; this is what Shakespeare has clearly done. The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, is one of Shakespeare 's most renowned plays. Through construction of intriguing characters, exploration of universal themes, use of comic relief and a well-written script featuring a compelling plot, Shakespeare ensured the tragedy of Othello would hold the interest of the audience; despite being over four centuries old. It possesses so many conditions that can be accentuated to hit nerves with both a Shakespearean and modern audience. The entire plot of Othello is very much like the attitudes and methods of our modern day society.
I have always felt that I have never read a more terrible exposure of human weakness - of universal human weakness - than the last great speech of Othello. After quoting Othello 's valedictory utterance, Eliot went further to say: What Othello seems to me to be doing in making this speech is cheering himself up. He is endeavouring to escape reality, he has ceased to think about Desdemona, and is thinking about himself ... Othello succeeds in turning himself into a pathetic figure, by adopting an aesthetic rather than a moral attitude, dramatising himself against his environment.
The acceptance of one’s true self is the embracement of truth, and the motivation for self improvement. In The Tempest by William Shakespeare, the challenges that character’s face are springboards to further potential growth. Prospero, the protagonist, is an important character in this play, because he grows from his past mistakes; he is unlike other characters, such as Alonso, who changes out of guilt rather than self-reflection. In this paper, I will focus on how Prospero frees himself from further anguish by connecting symbolism with aspects of his character growth.
Alisha, You’ve described a detailed narrative of Othello’s intimate relationships with various characters in the play. From your comprehensive character analysis, you noted that your initial opinion of Othello changed as the play progressed from a respectable character to a surprisingly gullible character. In the end, you concluded that you may have prematurely judged Othello as a character. However, for me, my opinion of Othello remained the same throughout the play.