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  • Othello's Trust For His Good Friend Iago
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    Othello as a Tragic Hero William Shakespeare's famous tragedy "Othello, the Moor of Venice" (c. 1604, as reprinted in Laurence Perrine and Thomas R. Arp, Literature: Structure Sound and Sense, 6th ed. [Fort Worth: Harcourt, 1993] 1060-1148) is arguably one of the finest, if not the finest, tragedies in the literary history of Western civilization. This paper discusses Othello as a "tragic hero" and compares him to the great Aristotle's concept of what a "tragic hero" actually is. First, we need ...
  • Iago To Othello
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    OTHELLO Othello is a romantic character. His origins are not from the high society like his wife or the previous governor, instead, he comes Morocco and usually he is called the Moor. He is a characteristic hard working man that has got his leadership by working in the most humble working places, such as being a slave, and working hard to let himself out of slavery to become a high politician. He seems to enjoy what he does by traveling to distant and strange lands and thorough the fight describ...
  • Play Desdemona
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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as is virtue. Such is the case of the virtue of the character Desdemona, from the play The Tragedy of Othello, by William Shakespeare. Desdemona was shown as a low moral, virtue less female in the essay The Character of Desdemona by John Quincy Adams. Contrary to this, the modern reader can see that Shakespeare actually showed her to be a virtuous and loving person, whose own innocence lead to her demise. Is Desdemona a virtuous character Is there anyone who...
  • Othello's Emotions
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    Act V, Scene ii., lines 122-134 Emilia. O, who hath done this deed? Desdemona. Nobody -- I myself. Farewell. Commend me to my kind lord. O, farewell! [She dies.] Othello. Why, how should she be mud " red? Emilia. Alas, who knows? Othello. You heard her say herself, it was not I. Emilia. She said so. I must needs report the truth. Othello. She's like a liar gone to burning hell! 'Twas I that killed her. Emilia. O, the more angel she, And you the blacker devil! Othello. She turned to folly, and sh...
  • Elizabethan Times Othello
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    How do the opening scenes and closing scenes of your Shakespearean text reflect the Elizabethan values / beliefs? The Venetian society in which the Shakespearean play, Othello is set in is a clear representation of the writer's context. The values, attitudes and beliefs that Shakespeare reveals in the opening and closing scenes of Othello, are the exact to the ones accepted by the Elizabethans of the sixteenth century. With the limited number of Black people being around, in Othello we can see t...
  • Othello And Desdemona
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    The play, Othello was written by William Shakespeare in the later years of his career. Gir aldi Cinthios, Tale of a Moor, based Othello on a story that was a mellow Drama, about a moor and his doubts about his wife's fidelity. In Shakespeare's play the Moor (Othello) convinced by his jealous aid (Iago) that his wife (Desdemona) is not Being faithful. Iago's jealousy is motivated by his anger when he learns that Cassio of Florentine has been appointed Governor of Cyprus. He felt that he deserved ...
  • Desdemona's Husband Othello
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    Women in Othello are very profound. They are very dependent on their men. During the 16th Century, women were traditional and accustomed to being submissive to their men / husband. Desdemona secretly married Othello a "Moor" (a black man). She is devoted to her husband, and respects and obeys his wishes. Even though Othello can be cruel to Desdemona, his wife Desdemona responds to her husband in a way that she gets her point across, and still respects Othello. Women during the 16th century were ...
  • Relationship Between Desdemona And Emilia
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    Othello - English Essay The contrasting characters; Desdemona and Emilia, form an interesting and important relationship in the play Othello. Desdemona is very 'sheltered' from the ways of the world and Emilia is very 'down to earth' and 'experienced'. From this difference we see a fascinating relationship between the two of them. In the given passage, we see that Desdemona takes a very honest, romantic and loyal stance towards Othello, (this is also true of her relationship with him), where as ...
  • Relationship Between Desdemona And Othello Foundations
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    Ideas about Othello In what way is this play about race? Considering that the protagonist is black, it brings in the idea of isolation. It is an important part of the play as he is isolated, placed on a pedestal so his fall is even more dramatic. In effect Shakespeare isolates the issue that racial prejudice is a timeless issue that will continue through time. Insecurity and vulnerability, allows Iago to attack him, makes relationship between Desdemona and Othello foundations shaky. Confirms Eli...
  • First Act Of Shakespeare's Othello
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    The first act of Shakespeare's Othello presents the audience with characters who are primarily concerned with their own well-being, reputations and advancements. Iago particularly stands out as untrue. He slanders Othello, and reveals plans to pain others. Desdemona rebels against her father when she elopes with Othello, displaying a nature of disrespect. Through these actions it is determined that Shakespeare's Othello Act I places little emphasis on loyalty. Iago speaks illy of Othello. Immedi...
  • Othello And Iago Two Of A Kind
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    When reading Shakespeare's "Othello the Moor of Venice", the two main hero's seem to be very different, both in character and actions. Othello seems to be an honest man who believes other people. He is respected by society for his nobility and bravery. Iago is a villain, plotting around not only against Othello. Othello demotes him to a lower status, and despite being a trained soldier, Iago is quite a coward when it comes to confronting an enemy with a sword. Although these two figures seem so ...
  • Othello And Desdemona To Profess Their Love
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    'Othello' begins with a meeting between Iago and Roderigo outside Brabantio's house. We are taken into the plot through the two men's animated discussion about the fact that Othello has eloped with Desdemona of whom has captured Roderigo's heart. We learn of this affair as an act of stolen love or 'witchcraft' on Othello's part. Othello is portrayed very badly in this scene and Iago's wit makes him truly believable. The fact that Othello is written about as a 'burglar' or 'foul thief's ugg ests ...
  • Brabantio Against Othello
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    Othello is one of Shakespeare's four great tragedies and thus a pillar of what most critics take to be the apex of Shakespeare's dramatic art. Indeed, a central thematic strand of the play is trust, honor, and reputation. The theme of honor and reputation intertwines with those of perception and trust. In the play's second act, Iago tells Othello that Brabantio "prated, /And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms / Against your honor". (I, ii. ll. 6-8). To this, the proven hero of Venice replies,...
  • Different Words And Actions
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    In Othello, Shakespeare explores the relationship between words and events. Spoken thought, in the play, has all the power of action; speaking about an event will make that event become reality for those who hear - it will affect reality as if that event had taken place. Shakespeare demonstrates the power of words poignantly through Othello's monologues. Othello struggles with the reality that Iago creates for him. When Othello speaks, he reveals that he is unable to stop himself from carrying o...
  • Marriage Between Desdemona And Othello
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    This Essay Aims To Explore The Elizabethan Perception Of The "Unnaturalness" Of The Marriage Between Othello And Desdemona In The Shakespeare Play "Othello" Jas Mud her English Mrs. Southwell 27/10/00 This essay aims to explore the Elizabethan perception of the 'unnaturalness' of the marriage between Desdemona and Othello, through the eyes of William Shakespeare. The most obvious, and conspicuous issue that would emphasise the theme of unnaturalness would be the topic of race. Othello was a blac...
  • Othello The Prostituting Of Desdemona
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    Both Othello and Volpone are set in Venice, well known for its wealth, power, and justice. Shakespeare called Venice the Whore of the Adriatic, for many different reasons: it is a port city, with many ships coming and going; it is also a corrupt city, with much pollution -- not only of the actual enviornment but the soul as well. In Volpone the corruption that is planned between Volpone and Mosca is evident from the beginning. The two are taking advantage of their kinsmen's weaknesses -- gullibi...
  • Desdemona As Iago And Othello
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    Shakespeare's Use of Opposites in Othello Contrast is a principle element in every form of art. Painters use cool colors to push warm ones forward, dark values to accentuate the lighted areas, and soft edges to give focus to the sharp edges. Writers use calm tempos to make the apex of their stories more powerful. In William Shakespeare's Othello (reprinted in Thomas R. Arp and Laurence Perrine, Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 6th ed. [Fort Worth: Harcourt, 1993] 1060), Shakespeare uses ...
  • Desdemona's Unfaithfulness And Othello
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    One philosophy from which Shakespeare's Othello can be interpreted is Freudian. This philosophy is based upon the work of Sigmund Freud, a prominent, yet controversial psychoanalyst of the early 20th century. His philosophy is based on his division of the mind and personality. Freud separated mental experience into three categories: the conscious, preconscious and unconscious. The conscious mind is that in which we see and interpret the world. The preconscious mind is all the memories and desire...
  • Being Close To The Great Othello
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    Honourable lords and ladies of Venice we are gathered here today to remember the life of the courageous Othello. Many of you have come to mourn his death but I on the other hand have come here before you all to celebrate, not his passing away but as a tribute to his contribution to us, the people. What a tragic way to end a proud and honourable role of dedication, leadership, and faithful servant to the people of Venice. Many of the people in this room today will agree with me in saying that Oth...
  • Act 4 Scene 3 Emilia And Desdemona
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    In 'Othello', women seem to be portrayed as inferior to men in almost every way, and throughout the play there are several instances of misogyny and female abuse. There are three main female characters in the play-Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca. I am going to look at their roles within the play to find out what role women play in 'Othello'. Desdemona is the main female character within the play, and the most important. We first hear about her in the first scene, where we find out that she has run ...

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