Dustin Mills English 102 Dr. What is Othello doing with his hands? Put another way LarryS, a man that has nothing to lose has nothing in heaven or on earth to prevent him from every depravity and taking what he wants. Man requires something to lose or the threat of violence against himself to be subdued. She is a lovely, intelligent, wholesome and pious person. Accordingly Iago's intrigue occupies a position in the drama for which no parallel can be found in the other tragedies; the only approach, and that a distant one, being the intrigue of Edmund in the secondary plot of King Lear. The audience knows him to be a Semi-devil.
Put money in thy purse act I scene 3 line 339. Iago's relationship with Roderigo is driven by callous greed for gold and money, and when Roderigo's purse becomes risky, he kills him. Iago hinted at these ideas, and Othello rushed to accept them, because they echoed his deepest fears and insecurities. In Othello, it is personified in one character who wears the mask of seeming virtue. Despite his marriage to a white daughter of a Venetian senator, he is all too aware that he is a black man living in a society not renowned for its tolerance of racial difference. Following and modifying on the available sophoclean and Aristotelian models of tragedies, Shakespeare depicted heroes and heroines of noble birth in Othello, the eponymous character hailed from a royal family of Egypt, stolen and sold into slavery who fall from their high pedastral into the grip of tragedy.
They are human beings but they have dramatic significance too. Moreover, the queen of England at the time was extremely racist so there must have been a strong hatred towards dark skinned people at the time. Like the Claudius of Hamlet, Iago is evil in its traditional role, disguised as good He stands for false appearance, and it is fitting that Shakespeare should give to him the celebrated lines on reputation : It is only the outward appearance and name which Iago regards as the jewel of his soul. Not the terrible creature from beyond, or anything quite so mundane as that, but the fundamental belief of malignancy in the world. Each plot point is spiraled further into tragedy due to the nature of Iago and his manipulative language towards the other main characters. This essay will analyze her.
From his actions throughout the play onesees that Iago was gifted at using other people, to further his own schemes. Jealousy Jealousy 1: The play opens with a discussion of jealousy. The abnormal behavior of the ancient is partly rooted in his misogynism. What is his gait body language? The hero endures suffering that exposes the bare bones of his nature to our scrutiny. It is important to note a significant symbolic difference that the playwright used to highlight good and bad in his play. By doing this, Othello begins to doubt his point of view on what Desdamona is like and if she would really deceive Othello after all they have gone through in achieving acceptance in society as a married couple. From this definition, it becomes clear to us that Iago could very well be taken on as an evil character in Shakespeare's play.
An evil person may be considered as somebody who condones bad or morally wrong activities that cause ruin, injury, misfortune or destruction. Othello whopasses Iago up for a promotion simply because Iago is not a arithmetician,swears to take his revenge and destroy the moor and every thing Othello holdsdear. In one or two of his plays, notably in Troilus and Cressida, we are almost painfully conscious of this suppression; we feel an intense intellectual activity, but at the same time a certain coldness and hardness, as though some power in his soul, at once the highest and the sweetest, were for a time in abeyance. How you deliver 'one that loved not wisely, but too well' is critical here. Evil is rampant in positions of power. The ruin of innocence is a key ingredient to tragedy, but one could interpret that Desdemona did not have to suffer her fate. Elliott in Great Plays: Sophocles to Brecht highlight the dominant evil force in the play, Iago: For critics, the chief problem in the play is the character of Iago.
Through the verbal twists and turns along with the addition of color symbolisms, the personalities of , Iago, Desdemona are revealed to their fullest extents, along with their own balance of good and evil within. Shakespeare's other great tragedies -- Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth -- deal with issues that affect the well-being of entire nations, whereas Othello is a domestic tragedy with timeless themes such as love, hate, jealousy, intrigue, revenge, trust, suspicion, self-interest, racism, judgment and reason. A presentation of Desdemona as a martyr consider all the saintly language that surrounds her produces an idealised, even plastic version of Desdemona. Shakespeare develops the theme deceit in The Tragedy of Othello, especially in his character Iago. It is these forces of evil that ultimately lead to the breakdown of Othello, a noble Venetian moor, well known by the people of Venice as an honorable soldier and a worthy leader. True virtue bears the mark of evil and evil is marked with the semblance of honesty. In the play, Iago deceives several characters including: Othello, Cassio, Roderigo, Desdemona and Emilia.
The other main characters in the play all form their own opinions of him and as the play continues, his character begins to deteriorate and become less noble. An additional important persona is Emilia. Next, Othello 's ignorance and overall poor decision making shows just how bad of a leader he really is. I know not if 't be true, But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety. In this play, the character of Iago is the antagonist seeing that he often performs evil feats and is continually manipulative. Although logically the play covers an unspecified time lapse of, we presume, two or three weeks, it proceeds, more or less, by major scenes through the hours of the day, starting in Venice with the elopement after midnight, the Senate meeting at dawn, then at Cyprus with the morning storm and afternoon landings and developments, the fateful drinking party in the early evening and the murder at bed time.
Almost immediately, Iago's wife Emilia turns against him and uncovers the blackness that he truly is underneath his false honesty. In later century, people began to use them to relate to observable physical traits. Let us examine his sinister person in detail. However, Desdemona has been not so much impressed by the heroic deeds as by the extraordinary man who committed them, in whom she saw the embodiment of her ideal. Josiah Gilbert Holland Stephen J.
Emilia serves as a developing character in this play as she learned from what was happing around her. In doing this, Iago keeps Roderigo in the dark and continues to profit from him monetarily. Verbal twists and the characters most importantly stress the act of evil. The tragic hero, the protagonist comes from the upper-class of the society. Before considering the importance of Iagos words, it is important to define what jealousy means.
The line between these two labels, evil or righteous, is thin. They were seen as possessions rather than being just as equally human and capable of duties performed by men. To this may be added that, after the conflict has begun, there is very little relief by way of the ridiculous. Desdemona is the embodiment of goodness in the play, as she has done no wrong and seeks only to love and to help her friends. Thecharacter Iago, Othello's ancient, is the cause of all the tragedy which comes to passas the play progresses. However, such an interpretation is not complete. Desdemona is at the heart of the theme of love in the play.