Othello: Good vs Evil

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Good Or Evil: A Critical Analysis of Othello’s Main Characters William Shakespeare’s Othello is a classic depiction of a struggle between good and evil. In the play,, the characters are faced with the choice to either conquer or succumb to the overpowering force of evil. Shakespeare places his characters on a sort of spectrum in which a character’s amount of god or evil can be represented by a shade of color: black representing pure evil, white representing absolute goodness, and a shade of grey exemplifying the nature of all characters that fall in between the two extremes of the spectrum. In the play Othello, the main characters are a prefect example of this technique of characterization. Through plot development, interactions with …show more content…
Wyndham Lewis states in his criticism of Othello that, “For Othello there is nothing equivocal, I think; and the black fugre of this child-man is one of the poles of Shakespeare’s sensation” (39). Here, Lewis is explaining how Othello believes only one side of the story that he hears. He has become a black figure: and evil man on the extreme end of one side of shakespeare’s spectrum. Othello ultimately loses the battle to evil because of his blindness caused by deceit and jealousy. In the end, Othello ends his sufferings by taking his own life; turning himself over as a victim of the darkness that clouded his life. The dramatic shift from good to evil in Othello is what characterizes him as being a grey character. From very early in the play, it is apparent that the character Iago represents pure evil in Othello. The first few lines spoken by Iago are those that express an absolute hate and disgust of a specific individual, who we later find out is Othello. 3It is this hatred for Othello that drives the entire action of the play, as it is based upon Iago’s diabolical scheming and malevolent manipulation of Othello. Iago, a master of manipulation, convinces Othello that Desdemona is having an affair. The shroud of lies Iago is able to create around Othello is too thick for him to see through and Othello is eventually convinced of the infidelity of his wife which leads to him taking her life, and shortly afterward, his own. Iago clearly has an extreme hatred for

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