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  • Shakespeare's Use Of Animal Imagery
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    In William Shakespeare's play "Othello" the use of animal imagery was evident throughout the telling of the story. Shakespeare explained several characters actions by comparing them to similarities in animals. The characters in "Othello" were often depicted a shaving animal-like characteristics. Some characters were even compared to animals by other characters in the play. By defining characters in terms of these characteristics one can get a clear description of what the character is doing or s...
  • Shakespeare Plays
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    Possibly nothing is more fun than filmed Shakespeare, because few things offer as many paths for reflection. Shakespeare himself invented the reflective human in the first place, and the play itself has power. But anyone looking for this power doesn't go to the movies, they read the play. There's just too much engagement and too many levels to appreciate without the magical space that reading creates. You do not get more dark or tragic than 'Othello' and this movie captures the play fairly well,...
  • Othello And Desdemona
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    William Shakespeare's Othello is a play set in Venice. The plot is based on a story about two people who love each other dearly and the problems and conflicts they face from the start. The conflicts are, for the most part, tied in with racial issues and questions of loyalty. These conflicts stem from the society around the couple, as well as from the couple themselves as they too are part of this society, but with very different backgrounds: The female protagonist is the daughter of a highly-res...
  • Shakespeare's Iago From Othello
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    In the tragedy Othello, by William Shakespeare the character traits and styles of both Iago and Othello are reverent to the plot and themes of the play. In Act Scene three, the discussion between the two regarding Desdemona's fidelity illustrates Othello's confidence in his relationships with both his wife Desdemona and Iago. That same passage also displays the deceptive conscience of Iago, who is planning to take advantage of Othello's trust. Othello in particular is the most famous example of ...
  • Iago's Theories On Othello
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    What Is Shakespeare's Achievement In Act I Of Othello Shakespeare's own personal aim was not to write a social and political reflection of his era, as many contemporary readers believe, it was; purely and simply, to entertain his audience. This does not mean that there can be no social and political reflections within Othello, it means that the reflections are there, not for the sake of social and political commentary, but for the sake of entertainment and pleasure. Aristotle explained in Poetic...
  • Play The Character Of Othello
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    Literary texts are always concerned with the construction of gender and the meaning of belonging to one sex or the other. In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare the gender construction is used to define the roles of men and woman during the time in which the play was written, the Elizabethan era. The characters of Othello, Iago, Desdemona and Emilia are utilized to represent the different aspects of these roles with in their particular social circumstances. The issues of power, class, occup...
  • Play Othello
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    Shakespeare's Othello includes the memorable tragedy of a husband's jealousy, a wife's innocence, and man's ability to manipulate any situation. In the play Othello, Othello sees the person that he is in many different ways. For example, in Act I, Othello states that he is "rude in speech and little blessed with the soft phrase of peace" (scene 3.83-84). This indicates that he knows his limitations and he has accepted what he does for what he is. Also, Othello is strong and valiant, but also com...
  • Shakespeare's Tragedy In Othello
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    William Shakespeare was and is considered a poetic genius. He produced 37 plays and 54 sonnets. Indebted to Petrarch, Shakespeare nevertheless devised most of his own sonnets in a form that would come to be called the English Sonnet: quatrains (four-lined stanzas) with alternate rhymes, followed in a concluding couplet. Shakespeare is responsible for the most significant dramatic literature. Indeed, secular drama was Renaissance and England's, most original contribution to the humanistic traditi...
  • Turks Play In Shakespeare's Play Othello
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    Elliot, T.S. 'OThe Hero Cheering Himself Up. ' O Shakespeare and the Stoicism of Seneca. ED. Leonard F. Dean, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1961.153-155 In T.S. Elliot's essay, 'OThe Hero Cheering Himself Up,' O he takes the viewpoint that Othello is both influenced by and influences Seneca, the Roman philosopher and author of tragedies. 'OIt is not the Attitude of Seneca; but i is derived from Seneca'O (153). He also compares Shakespeare to other authors such as Chapman and Marston, who he says we...
  • Shakespeare's Othello
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    Othello is Shakespeare's most complete tragedy. It is filled, in my opinion, with some of the strongest characters in all of Shakespeare's plays. Othello, the play's main character, is a cultured Moor, nevertheless insecure and hiding behind a facade of Venetian values and customs. He manages to assimilate into Western European society by denying his background and winning the hearts of the masses (and their daughters) with his tales of victory and strife. He is even appointed as General of the ...
  • Theme Of Jealousy Throughout Shakespeares Plays
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    William Shakespeares life is somewhat of a mystery to scholars due to the fact that most information that is known is very scattered and sparse. No one knows the exact date of Shakespeares birth, but his baptism occurred on Wednesday, April 26, 1564. His father was John Shakespeare, a tanner, glover, dealer in grain, and town official of Stratford. His mother, Mary, was the daughter of Robert Arden, a prosperous gentleman-farmer. William Shakespeare and his family lived on Henley Street. A bond ...
  • Iago And Othello
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    OTHELLO In his writing Shakespeare has a way of revealing his view on debatable situations, as do most writers. In Othello there are numerous examples that prove this to be true. Othello aids in getting across one of the play's most important messages that stereotypes placed on people are not always true. Shakespeare poses Othello as a model citizen and gives Iago the qualities of a typical black man. Although Othello is black, he is able to overcome the typical presentation of being a corrupt p...
  • Speech And Othello's Loss Of Control
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    In Shakespeare's tragedy, OTHELLO, (1604) and in the appropriation O directed by Tim Blake Nelson (2001) character is represented through a plethora of techniques such as language, symbolism, imagery and action. Shakespeare represents character through direct speech. Othello's speech is lofty and noble and full of imagery. Othello first appears in the opening acts as the personification of self control, a man who has a strong sense of his own worth and duty: "I fetch my life and being From men o...
  • State Of Mind Of Othello
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    During Othello's soliloquy in Scene 3, ll. 299-318, Shakespeare uses the literary devices of imagery, symbolism, and antithesis to develop the state of mind of Othello during this strenuous time in his life. Othello, who seems to intrinsically believe that as a public figure he is fated to be unsuccessful at marriage, is torn between his love for Desdemona and the possibility that she is having an affair with Michael Casio. This particular passage comes at a juncture after he denies that this co...
  • Shakespeare's Othello And The Merchant Of Venice
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    The captivating effect of the mysterious and the strange upon the human imagination is a quality that has been exploited by storytellers since the advent of storytelling itself. As such, master dramatist William Shakespeare, in the stories he brought to life upon the stage, has crafted entire worlds, and many famous characters therein, around this enticing notion of "otherness". Thus, theatre patrons who had never been to Venice, and in all likelihood would never get the chance, could be transpo...
  • Montaigne's Essays And Shakespeare's Othello
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    We all know what its like to be on the inside and on the outside. High school was full of various ups and downs that made us feel on top of the world one day and at the bottom of the food chain the next. Some of us have gone through life feeling on the outside, without anywhere to turn. In Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel, Montaigne's Essays, and Shakespeare's Othello, the experiences of being on the inside with that of being on the outside are often hard to differentiate. In Francois Rabelais...

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