Othello Essays

  • Iago Motivation In Othello

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    Also, Iago putting Othello into “a deep jealousy that judgement cannot cure” is foreshadowing for the end of the play, when Iago drives Othello to become so jealous that he acts against his own character and morals to kill his wife, the person he loves most. Iago also mentions involving Cassio in his plan. He says, “I’ll have our Michael Cassio on the hip,/ Abuse him to the Moor in the right garb,/... Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me/ For making him egregiously an ass” (333-337). This foreshadows the part of Iago’s plan where he tricks Cassio into looking guilty, and makes Othello suspicious of Cassio by having a coy demeanor. He is also ultimately referred to by Othello as “honest Iago” throughout the play, when all he does is make Othello believe things that are not true.

  • Theme Of Belonging In Othello

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    Iago exploits this weakness of race to instil fear in the father of Othello's wife through the simple phrase “Or else the devil will make a grandsire out of you.” (Act 1 scene 1, line 90) Iago has used the notion that black men carry an animal like lustful sexuality, made plausible with the use of modality. The metaphor refers to Othello as the ‘devil’, a reminder of the evil that was believed to surround those of that ‘black’ ‘barbaric’ race. Iago simply has to remind Barbarossa of Othello’s race and automatically the prejudice intertwined into Venetian culture unfairly thrust his daughter's husband into a bad light. Desdemona, too, is the victim of the culture of 16th century Venice. A culture that clung to sexist tradition and societies inbuilt gender roles that separated people amongst themselves.

  • Iago's Use Of Manipulation In Othello

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    The Jacobean play Othello, written by William Shakespeare effectively explores the power of manipulation. The audience is exposed to Iago’s revenge-fuelled tactics when encouraged to look beyond superficial appearance to underlying reality. Iago, Othello’s “ancient” manipulates him due to his outsider insecurities in the Venetian society. Iago’s dissembling and resulting jealousy ultimately leads Othello, to “farewell the tranquil mind.” Othello’s outsider status and ethnic difference is an important factor in Iago’s manipulation as it encourages Othello’s insecurities and is thus a flaw which Iago uses in his manipulation. The audience is confronted with Iago’s manipulation at the beginning of the play when Roderigo and Iago try to define and mock Othello using racial terms such as “Moor”, “barbary horse” and “thick lips”.

  • What Motivates Iago Analysis

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    Feeling overlooked and dissatisfied to Othello promoting Cassio instead of him, Iago starts to plot his revenge. However, it is confusing that Iago continues his revenge and tries to destroy Othello so thoroughly even after he is promoted. Meanwhile, he has nothing to gain from the whole process. What motivates Iago to do such things? In my opinion, it is Iago’s hatred towards Othello that strongly motivate him, and this hatred comes from a variety of causes.

  • The Green-Eyed Monster In Othello's Jealousy

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    Iago’s jealousy stems from Othello promoting Cassio over Iago for the lieutenancy position. Following this event, Iago strives to “make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward [Iago] / for making him egregiously an ass” (II.i.330-331). In “The Truth About Lying”, Kornet explores the belief that different personality types lie at different frequencies. Iago has a personality type that makes him prone to lying more frequently. One of the primary reasons Iago is jealous is due to his insecurity and needs to be superior to others.

  • Power And Jealousy In Shakespeare's Othello

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    “Iago belongs to a select group of villains in Shakespeare who, while plausibly motivated in human terms, also take delight in evil for its own sake” (Bevington, 2014, p 607). Understanding his sense of self might reveal another tragedy regarding how egos across the human condition demonstrate unique frailness. “Critics often debate Iago's motives. What drives him to act as he does? Some people believe Iago is simply, but purely, evil, doing immoral things merely to be bad” (Hacht, 2007, p, 657).

  • Iago's Psychopaths In Othello

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    To Othello, Iago is more reputable now causing Iago is, at this point, reputable, meaning Othello will to believe anything that Iago says even if it is a lie. Iago’s psychopathic manipulations of Cassio then ultimately cause his downfall once Othello discovers that Iago has been dishonest, his punishment of torture and imprisonment at the end of the play is his downfall. Iago’s Throughout the play, since Iago is trustworthy to Othello, Iago plants seeds of jealousy in Othello’s mind. In Act Five, scene two, Othello shows the audience how he believes that Iago is “most honest” (Shakespeare 1302). After he kills Desdemona, Othello explains his reasoning to Iago’s wife, Emilia, justifying that “Cassio did top her, ask thy husband else” (Shakespeare 1360), meaning that he killed his wife because according to Iago, Cassio and

  • Iago Two Side Character Analysis

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    In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the play is a tragedy constructed by the antagonist Iago; also known as a two-sided character. Throughout Act I, Iago is more of a complex character, who is racist, manipulative, jealous and two-faced. He continuously complains he hates Othello, all because Othello didn’t appoint him as an officer. Iago plans to take Roderigo’s money, and convince Othello that Desdemona had an affair with Cassio. Iago’s two-sided character served the purpose of strengthening the plot and character development throughout the play.

  • Othello Greed Analysis

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    Iago’s greed leads him to losing his morals and who he truly is. Iago uses Roderigo for his money and abuses their friendship for financial gain. The only thing Iago actually cares about is finding ways to manipulate people that would benefit him. If this was not his motivation, then he would not have had to deceive people and lie to them to get things to work out in his favor. This is Shakespeare’s way of showing how valuable the sin of greed is and how much it can affect a person and how they act.

  • Iago's Flaws In Othello

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    “I’ll pour this pestilence into [Othello’s] ear: / That [Desdemona] repeals him for her body’s lust” exclaims Iago diabolically (2.3.265-6). He knows that a corruption of this pure and honorable relationship will ruin Othello, just as Othello’s supposed affair with Emilia affects Iago. As Eastman states, “Iago, we might say, is able to find his way to Othello's heart by looking within his own” (Eastman). Accessing knowledge of his own humanity, Iago assumes Othello’s negative reaction to his gossip. Later on, Othello responds exactly as Iago expects, nullifying the supposed love he

  • The Dark Side Of Human Nature In Shakespeare's Othello

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    He is manipulative and tells Othello to “observe her [Desdemona] well with Cassio” (Shakespeare, 3.3:197). Iago feeds Othello with countless lies and makes him miserable with something that is not factual. He is determined to get revenge and he does not realize Iago stands insincere. Furthermore, Iago is selfish when he tells Othello, “I am yours for ever” (3.3:479). He betrays Othello yet still let’s him depend on him for his own

  • Power Of Revenge In Othello

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    Pride, greed, and lust drove Iago to poisoning Desdemona 's father and eventually ruining the marriage between Desdemona and Othello. In his play, he approach the problems the world faces in a comedic manner. People let greed and lust persuade them to do crazy things. Othello and Iago are foil characters in Othello. Iago let his vengeful ways and deceitful motives alter his decisions while Othello appears in the opening acts as the very personification of self control”(Harbage).

  • Revenge And Hatred In Othello

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    Iago will continue his lies and deceptions as long as Desdemona and Othello’s marriage is intact. The use of dramatic irony reveal includes Iago’s claims that, “Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor/ At least into a jealousy so strong/ That judgment cannot cure” (II.1. 300-302). Iago believes that placing Othello into a pit of jealousy and paranoia will make him feel better. Iago believes he has to destroy Othello, because he believes that Othello committed adultery with his wife, Emilia.

  • Role Of Betrayal In Othello

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    William Shakespeare’s “Othello” and Massive Dispute of Jealousy, Envy, and Betrayal The emotion or feeling of deep insecurity of other people whether they are close to us or not. Jealousy is demonstrated throughout Shakespeare’s infamous play “Othello” many times. The play shows readers that one bad eggs evil ways can ruin prosperous ventures for everyone. Throughput the play there is one main character, Iago who disputes the main traits of jealousy and betrayal. Betrayal can be used to manipulate the antagonist character, from thoughts to many traits of black mailing.

  • Iago: The Most Deceitful Character In Shakespeare's Othello

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    While Shakespeare's Othello is full of deceitful acts of immorality, Iago is behind each one of them. Iago’s, deceptions make Othello believe that his wife is cheating on him with Cassio. Through many remarks Iago is able to force images of sexual relations in Othello's mind. These images and the rage that the images bring soon lead to the hatred of both Othello and Iago. Iago is motivated by his need for revenge and his hatred that he has for Othello.

  • Iago's Use Of Jealousy In Othello

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    In Shakespeare's play, Othello, the cynical story underlines the depth of jealousy and resentment through the use of many characters. The play is set in Venice and Cyprus during the sixteenth century and commences with the paranoiac character of Iago, betraying Othello thus making him victim of harsh lies and rumours. His fair Desdemona portrays her love unconditionally, although due to Othello’s credulous nature and Iago’s conniving ways, she is held accountable for false pretences. Desdemona is blamed for having an affair with Cassio, which causes hers and Othello’s tragic deaths. Through the eponymous character and many secondary characters, including the manipulative Iago, Shakespeare portrays the “green-eyed monster” of jealousy and its harmful consequences.

  • Iago As A Manipulative Liar In Shakespeare's Othello

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    The play begins with him talking to another character about how unfair it was for him not to get the lieutenant job, He then wants revenge from Othello.He accuses othello for sleeping with his wife “I hate the moor, it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets/he has done my office-”(I.iii.329-370). Then he goes on insisting his lust for Desdemona because he wants to get revenge from othello “Wife for wife”(II.i.286). These false claims indicate that he doesn't really care about who he hurts, he just wants revenge no matter who it is, which makes him dangerous. Even though these are false claims

  • Jealousy In Shakespeare's Othello

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    Jealousy is so powerful it not only destroys others’ lives, but can lead to one’s own self destruction. Iago uses jealousy against each character for his own narcissistic desires. Jealousy is presented at the beginning of the play when Iago begins talking badly about Othello to Roderigo. Iago becomes very envious once he was demoted

  • Danger Of Jealousy In Othello

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    Melony Galicia Ms. Zongker AP English lll February 20, 2017 Driven by Jealousy In Othello, Shakespeare illustrates the dangers of jealousy through the belligerent actions of the characters. Jealousy can be incited by circumstantial proof, that can ruin lives. Shakespeare uses dramatic techniques to aid him in conveying his message. Being fearful and insecure causes one to become jealous of the evils that follow jealousy. For example , when Iago acknowledges that the lieutenant promotion was passed onto cassio instead of him, he became infuriated and envious, even referring to Cassio as a bookworm .

  • Consequences Of Love And Death In Shakespeare's Othello

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    From violent duals to envious revenge Othello’s death embodies the many consequences of previous events in the play. At the beginning of the play, Othello becomes general and appoints Cassio as second in command, but Othello does not even mention Iago. Quickly, envy builds inside Iago causing him to despise Othello. Iago methodically plans his revenge for Othello and ultimately accomplishes overall destruction and vengeance. Eventually, Iago “thoroughly unsettles Othello by making him believe that Desdemona has betrayed” him (Keyishian 3).