Character Analysis Of Othello

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“I am not what I am.”, Iago’s comment tells the audience, summarising the play’s entirety and theme of manipulation, different sides to people, or in other words, Shakespeare's exploration of the gap between what people seem to be, and who they really are. Othello’s comment to this, gullible and naive; “Certain, men should be what they seem.” Shakespeare's view of the nature of humanity, with all its weaknesses, helped him craft a play that still stands as a classic, 400 years later.

Good morning cast and crew, it is with great honour that I am here with all of you, ready to direct such a classic, resonating play. I am proud to bring you my own interpretation of Othello, how I wish it should be understood by you, the cast, through characterisation, textual integrity and dramatic craft.

Each character in Othello has their own two sides, whether it is the focus, or background. Othello, viewed as the powerful General of Venice, who respects everyone and is very likable... or so it seems. Underneath, he shows the audience his weakness, his self-consciousness. The main reason he falls down into a tragic downfall is because he listens to the manipulative suggestive words of his trusted friend Iago. (“That he would steal away so guilt-like, / Seeing your coming.”) The stories Iago was subtly weaving into his head sprout a self-doubt in his own marriage, his belief he was not good enough for his own wife, whether it be in relation to race, or that he just secretly felt that he was not as powerful and strong as he appears to be. This made him refuse to communicate with either his wife or Cassio, which ultimately would've helped solve confusion, but as a Tragedy should go, it does not have this happy ending. In the end however, Othello sadly admits (“Threw a pearl away.” / “Of one that loved not wisely, but too well”.) to his wrong doing, a perfect reason for the audience to still feel bad for him, even after murder. Who ever is cast to play as Othello must have a deep understanding for this sad protagonist, all the anger and jealously. The two sides to him, and the loving gullible, but still noble character that the audience must feel for and relate to.

“I am not what I am.”, again extremely

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