Othello Essays

  • Ambiguity In Othello

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    Shakespeare’s Othello, jealousy is a major, plot-advancing mechanism, as well as one of the most prominent themes. As planted by Iago in Act III, Othello’s own doubts and jealous tendencies cause his demise. Shakespeare utilizes ambiguity, adoring tones, and the power of suggestion to develop the young hero’s unfortunate hamartia. In doing so, it is proven that sometimes naivety and too much faith in an unvalidated source of information can cause deadly miscommunication. Act III Scene III of Othello is dripping

  • Allusion In Othello

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    In writing, it is always better to show than to tell. The play Othello written by the famously known author William Shakespeare, owes it’s success to the fact that the writing effectively conveys the right messages to the audience. On Act 4.1 of Othello, Shakespeare applies repetition, allusion and punctation to comprehensively present to readers the way Othello is feeling and thinking. In the scene, Iago successfully tricks Othello into believing that Cassio has been cheating and sleeping with Desdemona

  • Discrimination In Othello

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    characters are portrayed in the production is off. In Shakespeare 's original othello, the character of othello seems to be more on the insecure side. Othello is filled with jealousy over Desdemona and goes a little insane after the handkerchief incident. In the original I believe that Othello was made out to be this insecure man with no back bone, this is seen in the scene where he is talking about loosing Desdemona. Othello goes on a rant saying “She’s gone. I am abused; and my relief/Must be to loathe

  • Othello Archetype

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    Written in 1603 by William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice tells the story of Othello, an esteemed foreign general, who after marrying Desdemona, the beautiful daughter of a Venetian senator, is manipulated into extreme paranoia by Iago, a spiteful ensign. Having been led to think that Desdemona has committed adultery, Othello murders Desdemona, and upon realizing his deception by Iago, subsequently commits suicide. Though the plot itself is relatively simple, the subjects

  • Prejudice In Othello

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    Othello is a tragedy composed by the most respected writer of English theater himself: William Shakespeare. The play recounts the narrative of a capable general of the Venetian armed force, Othello, whose life and marriage are demolished by a scheming, tricky, and jealous trooper, Iago. Othello is perchance the furthermost well-recognized artistic investigation of the distorting forces of desire and suspicion. In the meantime, it 's among the soonest abstract works managing race and bigotry. Othello

  • Iago In Othello

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    Iago is arguably Shakespeare’s most sophisticated villain and quite possibly the most infamous villain of all time. He has even been named an “artist of evil” (bloom). In Othello he spends the entire play manipulating the other characters, convincing them of fabrications that he created and ultimately leading them to their death. Iago’s capacity for cruelty seems limitless yet is he immoral due to his enjoyment and passion for evil, or are his continuous abilities to justify his actions to the audience

  • Allusions In Othello

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    when he does and what purpose do they serve within the story? In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, the playwright connects with his audience by using many different literary devices, but he specifically uses biblical allusions in a very clever way. By using these allusions in the play, Shakespeare adds a new level of depth to probably his most wicked villain, Iago. One of the most obvious biblical allusions in Othello is in one of Iago’s speeches when he says to Roderigo, “I am not what I am

  • Corruption In Othello

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    Both characters show a level of obliviousness of the plots in play around them. Desdemona is neglectful of Iago's trap when she permits herself to be seen with Cassio as Iago uncovers the sight to attentive Othello; at the same time, Desdemona says of Iago, "I never knew/A Florentine more kind and legit." However, while Emilia is unconscious of the damage she got to be included in when Iago requested she give him Desdemona's cloth, she is befuddled by Othello's suspicions and says, "If any villain

  • Perception In Othello

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    In the play Othello written by William Shakespeare, the character Iago suggests that if individuals perceive society to be negative it may cause them to become jealous of others, happiness and good fortunes; which may lead to the use of manipulation and dishonesty to satisfy their vengeance. Iago is pessimistic, believing society is deserving of retributions as they have taken what he deem his own, so he becomes devious and manipulative to achieve Iago’s jealousy towards Othello. Shakespeare introduces

  • Friendship In Othello

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    The tragedy of “Othello” is the destruction of one’s integrity. The play is one of the great Shakespearean tragedies, which are all “a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character,” (Oxford Dictionary) who in this case is Othello. He was a Venetian general living in Cyprus with his lovely wife Desdemona. The play begins with one of his most trusting friends, Iago, who is furious about Cassio being appointed as Othello’s

  • Stereotypes In Othello

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    Throughout the course of history, Hispanic males tend to be stereotyped for certain reasons, similar to Othello in his society. In Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, the title character is a 16th century Moorish general of the Venetian army who, because of the cultural and historical background of the play’s setting, the playwright, and the original intended audience, is portrayed as both well-respected for his military prowess and disparaged for his race. Similarly, because of the history in America

  • Betrayal In Othello

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    In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare we are introduced to Othello who is the protagonist and faces a lot of obstacles, one of them being betrayal. Throughout the whole play we witness betrayal from many of the characters through their irrational behavior and actions. However the biggest betrayal we see is from Iago, who is the antagonist, in other words, the villain of the play. Iago plans on having his revenge and betraying Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, Rodrigo and even his wife, Emilia. Betrayal

  • Handkerchief In Othello

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    Desdemona’s downfall. When Othello gives the handkerchief to Desdemona, it symbolises the love Othello has for Desdemona. Iago gets his hands on the handkerchief and plants it on Cassio. Due to this, Iago manipulates the meaning of the handkerchief into proof of Desdemona’s infidelity. Iago says to Othello that he “See[n] Cassio wipe his beard with” (III.iii.437-438). Iago cunningly hints that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio. This goes to show how easily Othello becomes manipulated by Iago

  • Prejudice In Othello

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    Othello by William Shakespeare begins in Venice, Italy with an argument between Roderigo a rich man who’s secretly in love with Desdemona and Iago a self-centered man who craves power. This play has main themes such as love, deception/reality jealousy and prejudice. Iago is the antagonist in this play and wants do destroy Othello based on pure Jealousy, Prejudice, and Deception. The main problem that caused Iago to go on a mission to destroy the Moor is that he didn’t get the job he wanted. He became

  • Historicism In Othello

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    The article attempts to read Shakespeare in a New-Historicist perspective. We find Shakespeare’s Othello as a literary deviation of history. Consequently, the text is decentered on a contesting principle. By contest, we mean a reference to Shakespeare’s New-Historicist perception of history. Shakespeare contests and doubts the historical Othello who in fact led the readers into finding resemblances with King James I. In the process, even the Roman Emperor Marcus Salvius Otho Caesar Augustus who existed

  • Isolation In Othello

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    the dangers of isolation, look to the people closest to you. Whether it be your best friends, family, business associates or whatnot. Then think about everything you do know. In the play Othello, it’s the people you are closest to that you actually don’t know even when you think you do. In the beginning of Othello, it’s the isolation of Roderigo and Brabantio that is the match which will start a wildfire. Roderigo uses his relationship between Desdemona and also Brabantio to get Brabantio to not

  • Gullibility In Othello

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    Instead, Shakespeare inoculates his own perception of what makes a hero tragic, using his own definition as the basis of many of his famous tragedies. Othello, the Moor of Venice, written in 1603, is arguably one of most prominent tragedies ever composed, telling the tale of a man’s fall from grace. Prior to being manipulated by his ensign, Iago, Othello is initially an individual of high stature and nobility, who however, possesses a fatal flaw that ultimately

  • The Paradox In Othello

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    In the play, Othello, written by William Shakespeare, different characters embody different paradoxes, as part of the play focuses on the idea of paradoxes, situations or characters that combine contradictory features or qualities. Michael Cassio, former lieutenant to Othello, demonstrates this idea of paradox through the disparity between his seemingly noble character and his ability to treat another human being with contempt, reminding the reader than even the character appearing to be the most

  • Hyperbole In Othello

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    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

  • Mindset In Othello

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    Damiya Perez 1/20/17 EES22QH-O2 Ms.Milliner Final Paper William Shakespeare's play of “Othello” is a tragic play that deals with a lot jealousy,sexuality and love. There are characters in this book that may display different mindsets and grit. Mindset and grit are very powerful words because throughout the play it can determine on how they can interpret and respond to situations. The word gritty means to pursue something with consistency of interest and effort. The word mindset mean is making a