A Formalist Analysis Of Williams ' Othello

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A Formalist Analysis of Williams Shakespeare 's Othello, reveals a central theme of friendship and loyalty that veils the truth of envy and betrayal. The main antagonist of the play, Iago, appears to have the trust and friendship of every character,as the are unaware of his grim intentions. Iago is described as kind, good, wise and compassionate, as well as loyal and trustworthy. He masks his evil and is able to display innocence as pure as an angel, resulting in easy manipulation. To our main character, Othello, he is an adviser and a most devoted soldier. To the lieutenant, Michael Cassio, Iago is a wise comrade. To his wife, Emilia and the fair Desdemona he is a scoundrel, but as a man, should be respected. And to Roderigo, Iago is a partner in crime. The relationships and faithfulness of each character to another are dependent on how the play unfolds dramatically in each Act. Act I of the play begins with Roderigo and Iago trying to inform Desdemona 's father, Brabantio, that she has married the Moor, Othello against his wishes and they were doing unspeakable things. While Roderigo and Iago would not be exactly defined as friends, they are working together for a benefit. Roderigo is in love with Desdemona but her father has refused her and has shared no feelings of the same interest. Iago wants to be Othello 's right-hand man instead of his ancient, and it can be inferred that he sees the relationship as a threat or he just wishes Othello no happiness. Iago uses his…
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