Othello The play Othello written by William Shakespeare is a tragedy. In this story there is one character that really stands out and influences the other characters, which causes this tragedy to happen. This character is Iago. Without him, the play wouldn't turn out how it did. Iago seems more of a main character than Othello, who the play is named after. Iago is an evil character, who manipulates a lot of the other characters. Iago uses the other characters in the play to do his dirty work. He manipulates these characters in a way that makes them kill their friends or even themselves.
as othello starts to listen to Iago’s deceitful words and lies he soon becomes corrupt and jealous. For example when iago says “If you are so fond over her iniquity, give her patent to offend, for if it touch not you it comes near nobody.in this part of the play iago is abusing othello’s jealousy tendencies” and othello in return says“I will chop her into messes. Cuckold me! ”(Act 4 scene 1 line 197-199). Iago makes othello feel that he is being made a cuckold and a fool. So Othellos thinks he will some how win his masculinity back if he kills desdemona and proves that he is not a cuckold. Still Even with Iago lying to othello constantly his own insecurities and flaws play a big role in his down fall to. to emphasize his self esteem affects him in a major way “ Haply, for I am black And have not those soft parts of conversation That chamberers have, or for I am declined Into the vale of years—yet that’s not much—She’s gone, I am abused, and my relief Must be to loathe her”(Act 3 Scene 3 line 262-267). at this point in the story othello feels that Maybe because he is black, maybe because he isn't proper, or even maybe because he is getting too old for desdemonia that she will leave and cheat on him. With all of theses things clouding his mind Othello is left confused and spiraling to jealousy and
Starting off, Othello allows Iago to tamper with his mind and does nothing to stop it. Othello puts all of his trust in him, but Iago is just hiding behind a mask and only wishes to torment Othello. Othello is not aware of his surroundings and the people there, making him vulnerable. If he paid more attention to Desdemona and not Iago than he would not have thought to kill his loyal wife. Othello jumps to conclusions too quickly
The power shown here is quite astounding. The nature of Othello's character is of a dark man. Not only because he is black, but also because his whole person is very mysterious. He is mysterious in that he believes there is magic everywhere. With this dark side, he is also very outgoing, and not very bright. He is not observant and the schemes of Iago work well on him. For all the dangers and encounters he has been involved in, this man is still naive of the corruptness of other individuals. Othello has a trusting nature in which he gives it all. He put all his trust in Iago during times of war and during Othello's marriage to Desdemona. Everyone considered Iago as honest, and it would be out of character for Othello to believe any different. For example, Othello had told Duke:
William Shakespeare's Othello as a Victim Not All Works Cited Included In "Othello" Shakespeare shows that Othello is victimised in many ways, for instance; his race, his culture, his social position and naÃ¯ve. Othello's victimisation could also show Shakespeare's meaning of the term
Iago may be a pathological liar that has no motives for his selfish acts. Iago is a manipulative psycho and deep down probably wants to make Othello die in misery. He wants Othello to die with the image/stereotype of being of darker colored skin. Iago wanted to portray to everyone that Othello was and still is a savage. Shakespeare shows that even though Othello is of darker skinned he is a good man who is completely the opposite of the stereotype during this time period.
In Shakespeare’s play Othello, tragedy unfolds on the account of one man’s actions, Iago. He is a twenty eight year old military veteran from Venice. His personality consists of being obsessive, manipulative, relentless, and bold. From the beginning he expressed his hatred towards the Moor, or North African named Othello. Othello is a highly respected general and is also married to the pure Desdemona. The marriage between Othello and Desdemona is destroyed due to Iago’s actions and lies. His actions consist of getting Michael Cassio discharged as lieutenant and convincing the Moor that his wife is cheating on him. The motives Iago has for despising Othello are he passed him over for a promotion to be his lieutenant, instead he chose
Vulnerability to other people¡¦ s lies highlight insecurities and flaws in Othello¡¦ s character creating ignoble personalities. Othello¡¦s weakness in succumbing to Iago¡¦ s lies shows his ignoble in thoughts. Othello chooses to believe the lies of Iago even though Iago didn¡¦t earn his trust of becoming his lieutenant, instead of believing Desdemona, the woman he loves. This is the major fault that Othello had done. Right away after listening to Iago ¡¥s words Othello suspects Desdemona for her loyalty. This can be seen when Othello says ¡§ I have a pain upon my forehead here.¡¨ (III, iii, 286) Which means he already assumes Desdemona is disloyal to him. Another main reason Othello falls into Iago¡¦ s lies and traps is because even Othello sees flaws deep inside himself because of his race, social graces, age difference and also as a foreigner of Venetian¡¦s culture. This can be seen in his soliloquy ¡§ Haply for I am black ¡K I am declined into the vale of years.¡¨ (III, iii, 265-268) And also what Iago said to Othello, ¡§ I know our country¡K but keep¡¦t unknown.¡¨ (III, iii, 203-206) These show Othello¡¦ s insecure personalities because he is black. Othello has not really think about what is the truth and who he should believe in because all of the jealousy and insecure personality covered his noble mind and makes up the fact that
Othello is truly broken knowing that Iago has been lying to him this whole time. He just killed his wife and has been manipulated. Othello didn’t want to kill Iago even after all he did be he did torture him by stabbing him. For Othello there wasn’t any other way to live day by day knowing he murdered his wife and kills himself laying right next to his wife and Iago’s wife. While Iago slowly dieing he crawls to Othello and dies. This shows that Iago’s revenge may have been caused by more than just Othello’s
Composers use the idea of reading to write as well as certain aspects of the complex human condition in order to allow readers to understand purpose of their texts, creating another level of interactivity without viewing it at face value. The deconstruction of playwright Shakespeare’s writing of the tragedy,Othello(1603), enables
Iago chooses to use Othello’s insecurities about himself, especially his race, to manipulate him. In the beginning we see how head over heels Othello is for Desdemona, but by the end of the story Iago has so twisted his beliefs about Desdemona that he decides he should kill her because of her supposed infidelity. First, Iago puts doubt in Othello’s mind by basically telling him that because of his race, he is not good enough for Desdemona or her family. Next, he makes it a point to reveal to Othello that the very fact that Desdemona chose him shows that she is already crazy, which means that they would not put it past her to cheat or do something worse. By now, Iago has deeply rooted a seed of doubt in Othello’s mind. After Iago does that, his job becomes ten times easier because now all he has to do is drop little comments here and there to remind Othello that Desdemona might be crazy after all. When Othello demands proof of his dearest wife’s adultery, Iago, being the cunning, witty, mentally insane man he is, finds some faulty proof by having his wife steal Desdemona’s handkerchief that Othello gifted to her and then plants it in Cassio’s room for him to find. Cassio, unknowing of whom it belonged to, found it and kept it to use as his own sweat rag. When Iago goes to tell Othello of the handkerchief that he supposedly witnessed Cassio using, his plan falls right into place because that is the exact proof that Othello needed to fuel his anger enough to commit murder. After seeing and hearing all this Othello plots Desdemona’s death as Iago pledges his undying love and loyalty, thus sealing his alibi with
His true insecurities and jealous tendencies begin to show when Iago brings up age, race, and social status, every thing that I believe were sensitive topics to Othello since the beginning, between Othello and Desdemona. For instance, when Iago mentions the idea that Desdemona marrying Othello was and unnatural occurrence due to Desdemona not marrying someone of her own social status and color even though she had many of suitors with those descriptions.(III.iii.268-278) In which these discussions with Iago slowly but surely brought Othello to allow his emotions take hold of him and make him make horrible and irrational mistakes
“Call up her father, Rouse him: make after him, poison his delight, Proclaim him in the streets, incense her kinsmen…” (1.1.69-71) Iago has decided to take down Othello as revenge for not being promoted from ensign to lieutenant. “I follow him to serve my turn upon him.” (1.1.43) Shakespeare never gives us the idea that Iago was ever a real friend to Othello; he seems to be hanging on for whatever glory he can muster, and when he discovers he has lost the lieutenant’s rank to Cassio, he decides to kick it up a notch. To manipulate someone, especially someone as brave and heroic as Othello is supposed to be as a general in the Venetian army, Iago surely must have some insights into not only his personality, but also the
Othello is known as the tragic hero of the play, however, he can also be viewed as a victim. To be a victim is to suffer the consequences of someone else’s actions, which describes Othello. When Iago addressed Othello with some shocking news, that Desdemona was cheating on him, Othello believed him over his wife. This is ironic since Othello claimed “”Twhere now to be most happy, for I fear My soul hath her content so absolute That not another comfort like to this Succeeds in unknown fate.” In this statement, Othello expresses his happiness in being with Desdemona. He says if he were to die right in that very moment he’d be the happiest man alive since he had her. This signifies how Othello said he loved and cherished Desdemona, yet he believes
Tragic Heroes Othello and Dr. Faustus Throughout Shakespeare’s Othello and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, the main characters both undergo a major downfall that ultimately leads to their death. Their tragedies were not similar at all; however, some characteristics and themes overlap in both. Faustus sold his soul to Satan, while Othello got