Essay about How Does Shakespeare Present Disturbed Characters?

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How does Shakespeare present disturbed characters? Othello is a tragic hero whose jealousy is cleverly manipulated by the maleficent Iago, transforming him from a noble figure to a disturbed murderer. In keeping with the tragic genre, Shakespeare depicts a sequence of events through which bring about Othello’s decline. The playwright slowly escalates the emotional intensity of the play as Othello becomes more obsessed and less rational. The audience experience a range of emotions as the emotional escalation created is at last over. At the beginning of the play, Othello is considered as a very respectable man and is even referred to as a moor, which shows his strong authority. In Act 1 Scene 3 however, we find Othello in a council…show more content…
Later on in the play, during Act 3 Scene 3, we see how Iago starts to undermine Othello’s faith in Desdemona; Iago realises that his earlier plan was a success and how easy it was to manipulate Cassio. He is intent on destroying Othello, and so plans to continue his cunning strategy in order to do so. Iago takes his opportunity and arouses Othello’s suspicions about Desdemona and Cassio’s relationship by saying that he doesn’t like seeing Cassio and Desdemona together; “Ha! I like not that.” Iago continues to seem reluctant to tell Othello what he is thinking; he soon introduces the subject of reputation and warns Othello to beware of jealousy, by pragmatically implying that he has something to be jealous of. This has a huge effect on Othello, and brings about his downfall; it takes only the slightest prompting on Iago’s part to put Othello into the appropriate frame of mind to be consumed by jealousy. Iago later explains to Othello that it is good to live in ignorance as a cuckold, “That cuckold lives in bliss who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger.” This implies that Desdemona is in fact deceitful as substantiated by her father earlier in the play, “She did deceive her father, marrying you”. After these false accusations that Iago has made about Cassio and Desdemona’s relationship, Othello is deeply confused. He had never noticed there to be anything between Cassio and his wife up until now. He is very quick to believe
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