Othello

Deception in “Othello”

In the play “Othello” by Shakespeare, the concept of deception by friends comes out clearly. The main villain of the piece in “Othello” is Iago, who manipulates all the characters of the play including his wife, Emilia, getting them all caught up in an intricate meshwork of lies. It is unfortunate that the lies of […]

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Othello’s Deadly Error

Once implanted, jealousy grows rapidly often resulting in destruction. Jealousy’s devastating power derives from its myriad sources within the human psyche. Sexual tensions, financial greed, obsession for power all establish the foundation of jealousy among the male characters in Othello and eventually each is overwhelmed with resentful intentions. In some ways, Shakespeare’s play, Othello is […]

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It is impossible to decide weather issues of race and gender

The question of gender is even more pronounced in Othello than in most other tragedies because male sexuality is, by virtue of the hero’s skin colour, as much as an issue as female sexuality (Callaghan, 36). Hence issues of race and gender can be seen throughout the Shakespearean play Othello. It can be said that […]

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William Shakespeare’s Othello

In William Shakespeare’s Othello, we witness the tragedy of a man tormented by the fabrications of his own mind. Originally, Othello is tempted by Iago to believe in his wife’s infidelity. Following a relatively brief period of temptation, Othello marries the devil himself. From this point on, Othello has made up his mind and will […]

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How Would You Stage The final Scene of Othello

The final scene is vital to any play. This is because it provides a conclusion to the previous events that have taken place. In the case of Othello the final scene brings an end to all the confusion and deception that has been evident throughout. Therefore, the staging of this scene should be carefully devised. […]

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A marriage of convenience

Lines 130 to 177 in act 1, scene 3 of the Othello play is what encompasses Othello’s speech to the Duke, the senators and Brabantio. Othello and Brabantio were present in front of the Duke and the senators, basically because Othello was being accused of witchcraft, since there was no other reason why a beautiful […]

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Shakespeare’s Othello

In order for a play to progress at a steady rate, yet still be capable of maintaining an audience’s attention, it must have at least one climactic scene or episode. In William Shakespeare’s “Othello”, the third scene of Act Three is the most suspenseful. Through elements such as pace of action, dialogue and stage directions, […]

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Othello is so noble

Is Othello egotistic? Do we love or loathe Othello? These questions have answers for and against them. We can see from the quotes by Bradley and Leavis that they both have very different opinions. From the start of Brdley’s quote we can see that he believes Othello is ‘noble’. From analysing the play I personally […]

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In Othello, Why is Act 3 Scene 3, the Pivotal Scene

“Othello” is written by William Shakespeare in 1602. The leading roles of the performance are Othello who is the main protagonist, Desdemona who is Othello’s wife and Iago Othello’s so called friend and ancient but also the iconoclast, but throughout the course of the play we find this very much untrue. Othello is another tragic […]

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Moor in Othello

Iago brings about this change in Othello by building up trust, provoking him with imagery and lowering his self-esteem. Iago is a compulsive liar and is extremely convincing in speech. He uses his tone of voice and facial expressions to appear believable and carefully chooses his words to be able to manipulate each and every […]

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To what extent is Iago responsible for the downfall of other characters in Othello

The Shakespearean character Iago is the trusted friend and advisor of the General Othello, who plots the downfall of several characters within the play, due to a number of reasons including jealousy and a search for revenge. The play begins in Venice, one of the most culturally and economically developed cities of its time, although […]

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Othello – 1953 words – College Essay

Othello is one of William Shakespeare’s most well-known plays and is considered one of the finest tragedies he ever wrote. It is a tale of jealousy, personal motivation, and betrayal. The characters of Iago and Othello are set against each other in a relationship rife with jealousy and suspicion that brings out the worst in […]

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Othello is a play of violent contrast

Knight comments that ‘in Othello we are faced with the vividly particular rather than the vague and universal1. ‘ Here, he immediately sets up Othello as being a play that, instead of focusing on a broad and more general level, all of the various themes and motifs that it contains converge on this ‘particular’ focal […]

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How Iago is portrayed in Othello

The audience becomes complicit in Iago’s intention and, like it or not, is soon involved in his vengeful potting. He actually asks them what he should do. .. Many actors who have played the part have been capable of getting members of the audience to share Iago’s delight in his own powers of evil intention. […]

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Othello – Iago’s Character

The character of Iago could be said to be divided between the positive persona of evil artist and conversely, the negative persona of dirty-minded soldier (this draws parallels with the negative and positive Aristotelian opposing principles of ‘tragic’ and ‘heroic’). It is this, as well as Iago’s use of comic language and soliloquies, role as […]

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Othello – focus on Desdemona and Emilia’s contrasting views of marriage

At the start of this scene the stage is crowded with ‘gentlemen of Venice’, Emilia, Desdemona and Othello and just before the characters file out to leave the solitary two women; we catch a brief, cold exchange between Desdemona and Othello. Othello’s blunt authoritative tone and words are chilling, but the audience feels the impact […]

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Othello – 354 words – College Essay

‘Othello portrays a world that has the same conviction as our own: that stupidity is more destructive than evil’. How far do you find this an acceptable view of Shakespeare’s tragedy? Examine two relevant extracts. Both themes of evil and stupidity are evident in most of Shakespeare’s plays, especially so in Othello. However, it is […]

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How effective is Shakespeare in creating Iago as a tragic villain

In creating Iago, Shakespeare crafts a character that, according to Harold Bloom,”is by merit raised to a bad eminence that seems unsurpassable. ” Undeniably, Iago is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling villains; his unfaltering malice, as well as his relentless desire for a revenge supported by feeble motives, are all features that have ensured infinite […]

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Discuss Shakespeare’s Presentation of Iago

Throughout Othello, Iago is presented in many ways; as a manipulative husband, a soldier who seems to use his tactic skills when planning his evil schemes, a nasty villain, and lastly, as a two-faced friend who uses the word ‘honest’ a lot but never acts in that way. Iago is presented by Shakespeare as a […]

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How does Shakespeare establish the themes of deception and conflict in Act One of Othello

Shakespeare uses imaginative and intelligent ways to establish the themes of deception and conflict. His skills of embedding these certain themes in his plays create a vivid and enticing atmosphere for the reader and the audience to enjoy. ‘Tush,’ is the first word in Othello spoken by Rodrigo. This immediately introduces the idea of deception […]

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How does Shakespeare present Iago

In Shakespeare’s Othello the character Iago is one who has appalled and intrigued audiences for years. His cruel actions have shocked, yet enthralled audiences everywhere. We find ourselves being drawn unwillingly to a character; the audience’s revulsion is blended with fascination at the horrific culmination of his terrible scheme.I intend to explore how it is […]

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Othello – 803 words – College Essay

E. E Stoll comments that ‘Iago is one of Shakespeare’s most consistent characters; unlike most of them he has a philosophy. ‘ This ‘philosophy’ of Iago’s is one of broad ambiguity – perhaps it is in his nature to constantly evoke dibasic imagery in challenging, manipulating, narrating the will of the cast; or is it […]

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