Othello Essays & Term Papers

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One of the strongest characteristics of Othello is his blind faith in the human race. This quality is one of the first to come to mind when one assesses a man as complex in nature as Othello. Othello not only puts his trust in his wife but also in Iago. Speaking of iago, he say that he is a man of trust and honesty and “ to his conveyance I assign my wife” (1.3.286). Othello’s absence of any jealousy later makes his later breakdown more striking and poignant. It is Othello’

In act one of Othello, Shakespeare’s character, Iago, shows how deceitful and disloyal people can be. Iago’s disloyalty towards Othello and Cassio is portrayed through the lies he tells to Barbantio, Othello, and Cassio. Othello wants revenge on Othello because he thinks that Othello slept with his wife, Emilia, and because he gave Cassio the promotion Iago thought he deserved. Therefor he also wants to get back at Cassio. In the first scene Iago and Roderigo wake up Barbant

Othello Act 5 Analysis Iago s intelligence causes the self destruction of Othello. He appears to be the most intelligent person in the play, Othello, by the way he acts and handles some situations. Iago is set to plan revenge on Othello for not making him lieutenant. He gains the trust of Othello by telling lies to him, and these lies cause the destruction of Othello. Othello should have investigated on some of the outrageous things Iago has told him. Iago is simply just trying

In all of Shakespeare’s great novels there are many experiences, tragic or otherwise that one can learn from. Shakespeare’s novel Othello is not an exception this rule. Throughout Othello there are many examples of mistakes made by the characters that a reader can learn from. Learning from the flaws of others is one way that one can learn form Shakespeare’s Othello. In the novel Othello there are many of these flaws throughout the story. There are many ways one can learn f

In his book, Shakespearean Tragedy, A.C. Bradley discusses at length the many great works of William Shakespeare. One such work is that of Othello. The story Othello is one of Shakespeare’s more intricate works. The basic plot is one a man betrayed by those who are supposed to be close to him but turn out to truly be vipers in wait to strike. Bradley suggests that Othello’s tragic flaw s are the very things that make him a renowned fighter, leader, and man. Othello’s character,

Yes, I fully agree that you must be careful of outward appearances. Appearances can be very deceiving, as we saw in the play Othello. Othello did not know that Iago had a hidden agenda, had Othello known that Iago was untruthful, this Shakespearean tragedy would not of happened. "Honest Iago, my Desdemona must I leave to thee". All throughout the play, Othello always refers to Iago as "Honest Iago". We as the audience see that Iago is not so honest after all. Iago has other ideas to ruin Othe

The Theme of Revenge in Othello Revenge is a constant theme throughout the play Othello. It is portrayed through the character Iago. Iago is determined to destroy Othello and his loved ones. This retribution is a result of Othello promoting Cassio to the position of lieutenant. The theme of revenge is the motivation of Iago’s hatred toward Othello. In the beginning of the play, Iago feels betrayed by his good friend, Othello. Through many years of loyalty and service I

Jealousy is a green-eyed monster. Jealousy can corrupt a person into a monster. In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, the character Othello was corrupted by jealousy because of somebody else planting ideas in his head. The play began with Othello in love with Desdemona, but by the end of the play the vengeful Iago tricked him into thinking she was cheating. In the beginning of the play, Othello and Desdemona were madly in love. She fell further in love after listening by the

Reputation plays a very important role in the play Othello. The character of Iago uses his reputation as an honest man to deceive Othello and other characters in the play. To Cassio reputation meant everything. Othello’s reputation played an important role in the play. Iago’s reputation played a very key role in the play. Everyone thought of Iago as an honest man. “ O, that’s an honest fellow “ , “You advise me well ........ goodnight honest Iago “ - “........that’s

Critical Lense American essayist Logan Paersall Smith once said, What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers. I believe this means Logan thinks a good author doesn t always say things directly but uses literary elements like characterization and symbolism to get a message across to the reader. I feel Logan is correct and William Shakespeare s Othello is a great example. In act three scene three symbolism is shown in the form of Desdemona s handkerchief. Oth

Othello Journal Act IV In Act IV of Othello, by WIlliam Shakespeare, Iago continues his torture of Othello. Iago torments Othello until Othello pratically faints. He keeps pushing and pushing Othello saying that Cassio has layed with Desdemona. It is noticed by the reader that Othello has gone from his once artiqulate to an Iago-like crude speech. "Lie with her! lie on her! We say lie on her, when they belie her. Lie with her! that's fulsome. --Handkerchief--confessions--hand

Iago was a very influencel character in the play, also very cunning. he worked on the emotiotion of just about every characther. some were cassio, othello, and rodrigo. iago used cassio's virtues by exploting his friendlyness and him being niave. examples were him beleveing that ehe couldn't get drunk and tring to get on des demona's good side.   with othello, he used his jelasous to make him believe that his wife w

When discussing the characteristics of Othello one finds he has more than one side. Othello is a tragic hero in this drama. Also, he portrays a man with much greatness. Consequently, Othello has many weaknesses. In order to truly understand the character of Othello, one must understand him as a tragic hero with both greatness and weakness. A tragic hero is the main character in a play that takes a downfall or is ruined during the play. Undoubtedly, Othell

Othello Act V: Scene II: OTHELLO Peace, and be still! DESDEMONA I will so. What's the matter? OTHELLO That handkerchief which I so loved with the monogrammed 'D' on it, and gave thee, Thou gav'st to Cassio DESDEMONA Well he swapped me a little electronic organ for it. Send for the man, and ask him. OTHELLO Sweet soul, take heed, Take heed of perjury thou art on thy death-bed. DESDEMONA Ay, but not yet to die. The life-expectancy these days is low, but not this low...

In the play, Othello, by Shakespeare, villainous character, Iago, schemes to bring Othello s happiness to an end. Iago conspires to have Othello turn against his comrade, Cassio, and try to kill him for his misdeeds against Desdamona. Iago arises Othello s feelings and emotions towards Desdamona by feeding on Othello s great pride in Desdamona s devotion to Othello. By doing this, Othello begins to doubt his point of view on what Desdamona is like and if she would really deceive Othello aft

HUM 125 Response Paper Othello was confronted with many betrayals that lead him in killing his beautiful wife, Desdemona. When though Othello was a great warrior as well as a person of wisdom, but even his strength or his wisdom could not stop him from felling into the hands of a villain. The hands he fell into were Iago's. Iago was a mastermind who would do anything to please himself. Othello fell into a trap, "jealousy", that cost him to lose his dignity, his wife, and his life.

Othello – A Research Essay The Orthodox interpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello is built on two assumptions; that Othello is not a jealous man and that Iago has no motives. Although there are many examples of these opinions within the play, I believe there is much more evidence which contradict these two statements, which allow me to conclude that Othello is in fact a jealous man and that Iago does have motives. As the play progresses the audience witness the development an

Othello by Shakespeare is a wonderful example of just how villainous a character can be. William Shakespeare was an unpatralleled master in characterization. No other character in English Literature can rival Othello for sheer evil. the the the the the hte jam jam jam jam jam jam jam jam ajm ajma jam ajenn jenn I think this is stupid. It is very important to consider motivation in Othell. Iago is pure evil and when shown oprovides excellent contrAST FOR THE INNOCENT DUPE, oTHELLO. dESDE

William Shakespeare have written many plays. His most tragic play is Othello. Othello is also the name of the main character in the play, he is quite hard to understand. In order to have a better understanding of Othello s character, examining his changes throughout the play, flaws and why he is considered a tragic hero will give the reader an insight of his overall personality. Othello changes many times throughout the course of the play. At the beginning of the play Othel

REALITY VS ILLUSION Michael Cioffi 03/06/1997 Mrs. Risi ENG 4AO Outline I. Introduction A. Introduce topic 1. Reality and illusion 2. Confusion between the two II. First Body A. Othello 1.Othello is a great example 2. Iago gains revenge through this III. Second Body A. Othello 1. Out of revenge 2. Iago uses his plan IV. Conclusion A. Reality vs. Illusion 1. Confusion between

After reading Othello by Shakespeare over about 3 times, I came to feel sorry for a man that I can easily say was gulled into tragedy by his own purity. I can see Othello as a man that could sit at the ‘Round Table” with King Arthur and rank among those wonderous knights of chivalry. At his end, he had nothing. The Duke calls Othello ‘Valiant Othello’ (1057) Othello also stands ready to face Brabantio, Iago tells him to run. Othello - ‘Not I; I must be found. My parts

Many years ago, women were used betrayed by their husbands or just men in general. They had no say so in anything. Whatever the men told them to do to do they did or they paid the consequences, in which they were bad. In the play "The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice," Shakespeare portrayed the women in a couple of different ways. Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca were all portrayed as whores. Othello, Desdemona's husband of another race, didn't believe the fact that she didn't cheat

Should William Shakespeare's Othello be called Iago? It is possibly his greatest tragedy, yet it has many problems, curiosities, and questions. That is one specific question that should definately be thought about. I believe Othello is a good name for the play. It makes the reader think. What is Othello going to do? How is he going to do it? And what they don't realize is that it's Iago who brings about all these acts of evil. Iago is the deceptive one who is hiding behind the scenes. Som

The play Othello was written be William Shakespeare in the latter years of Shakespeare’s career. Shakespeare composed, revised, and acted in many theatrical performances throughout his life, he also owned the Globe theater where many of his works were performed. The work Othello was based on a story by Giraldi Cinthios, Tale of a Moor, which was a mellow drama about a moor and his doubts about his wife’s fidelity. In Shakespeare’s play the moor (Othello) is convinced by his jeal

Othello isn t a play about racism as much as it is a play about jealosy, conflicting values, and the power of suggestion. Some racism is displayed within the play, but that is simply a reflection of how most minorities were treated in the time period when the population in Europe was predominantly of white skin color. This racism was also only brought out by rage and anger in some of the characters of Othello, and was not displayed by hate. Jealosy and the power of suggestion also played a con

Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, there is always somebody different. The American society focuses on that person, or group of people. They make them feel worthless and treated them like animals. Imagine walking down the street and having people stare at you or call you Names, or talk behind your back. Imagine not knowing the time because nobody will tell you. Why won t they tell you the time, or spare you some change? Because you re black, actually, because you re skin is a different co

OTHELLO INTERPITIVE JOURNAL 2In act two Othello and others arrive in Cyprus. Iago is still plottingagainst Othello while he tries to ruin Othello s life. He is using othercharters to get to Othello. Othello is a very courageous, kind andadmirable General. However his kindness is gradually leading him intodestruction and confusion. Othello is a man who can take control in any situation. Even if the oddsare against him, Othello is a respectful man in any situation. Othellohas just reun

Is Othello a racist play? Othello Shakespeare RacismAlthough there are lots of things to suggest this is a racist play I don t think that racism actually dominates the play, even though it has a racist theme. There is a romantic union between black and white which gets destroyed because most people think the relationship is wrong. At the time the play was written, 1604, even the Queen of England was racist so there must have been a strong hatred of blacks around that time. Most racist com

Iago has no conscience. He is an angry man and is happy to take down everyone around him to get what he wants: revenge. It is in Act 1, Scene 3, that he devises his evil plan. Here we can see inside Iago's mind. It is easy to see that his primary motivation is jealousy: jealousy that Othello may have slept with his wife, and jealousy that Othello chose Cassio over him. As he plots his revenge, it is clear Iago respects and cares for no one. (Act 1, Scene 3, 378-381)

“evil: violating or inconsistent with the moral law…harmful…the devil, Satan.” . Does Iago fit this description, thus proving he is purely evil in his actions? Alternatively, does he have substantial motivation? In this essay I will discuss his motives and actions and come to my conclusion. Throughout Othello, the reader often asks himself why does Iago do the things he does? There are several factors, but the one that stands out the most is his jealousy of the

Honest Iago In William Shakespeare's Othello, despicable Iago, the ultimate villain, uses his intelligence and resourcefulness to exact his vengeance. By creating chaos and causing people to doubt each other Iago rises to power. In the deaths he causes as he achieves his revenge, he provides a shocking representation of absolute evil and a metaphor a out human nature.Iago's extreme villainy, originally fueled by his jealousy of Cassio's position, bloomed into a much greater passion. Hi

Othello In Othello, we encounter Iago, one of Shakespeare’s most evil characters. Iago is an officer in Othello's army and is jealous of Cassio's promotion to Lieutenant. Through deception and appearance, we see many lies and clever schemes unfold. The astonishing thing about Iago is that he seems to make up his malicious schemes as he goes along without any planning. I agree with the critics that say Iago represents a “motiveless malignity”. Throughout the play, Iago portray

“Men should be as they seem” By Mike Hourie The four main characters in the play Othello represent four different character traits of manhood: Roderigo, the failure; Othello, the hero, yet the insane lover; Cassio, the noblemen; and Iago, the villain, yet the strongest character of the play. Of these four characters Roderigo reveals the weakest character traits. Iago effortlessly profits from Roderigo’s deficiency in a intelligence, in fact Iago himself said he would not was

Iago is the master of deception and no one cares to notice it because he is known to them as honest Iago. "Good night honest Iago" (Shakespeare 2.3.325). He uses his trust that everyone has for him against them to plant ideas in their heads. He will do anything to get what he wants and he does not care who he hurts as long as he gets what he wants. Iago uses his expert judgment of character to use and betray his fellow friend, Roderigo. He is jealous that Cassio is Lieutenant and plo

The play Othello exemplifies the themes of jealousy and chicanery. The play begins when Othello, a general in the Venetian army has angered Iago (a member of the army) by appointing Cassio (another army officer) to the lieutenant position. Iago feels that he is more deserving of the promotion than Cassio and decides that he will stop at nothing to get back at both Othello and Cassio. Iago decides that he will get revenge on Othello by using his wife, Desdemona. O beware my lord, of jealou

Although there are lots of things to suggest this is a racist play I don't think that racism actually dominates the play, even though it has a racist theme. There is a romantic union between black and white which gets destroyed because most people think the relationship is wrong. At the time the play was written, 1604, even the Queen of England was racist so there must have been a strong hatred of blacks around that time. Most racist comments in the play are said by people that ar

Othello: This is main character in the play. He is a Moorish General and head of the army of Venice. He is a warrior, honest, and loves his new wife, Desdemona very much. His one flaw is that he trusts his ensign, Iago too much and allows Iago to corrupt him. Iago cons him into believing his wife is cheating on him, and he kills her for it. When he realises she was not cheating, he commits suicide in anguish. Iago: He is Othello's ensign, and the main villian in the play. He hop

One of the most intriguing characters in the tragic play "Othello," by William Shakespeare, is Othello's "friend" Iago. At first glance, Iago seems to have no motive for the destruction he is causing. However, despite Iago's unquestionable malignancy, the motivation behind his actions lie more in Iago's quest for personal gain, as opposed to just being evil for evil's sake. In order to achieve his personal gain Iago manipulates Rodrigo, Cassio and, most importantly, Othello. Iago

Jealousy in Othello In Shakespeare's Othello, Iago plots Othello's destruction when he is passed over for a promotion. Iago tells Othello that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him and provides circumstantial evidence for this. Othello becomes full of anger and jealousy and kills Desdemona. Othello later finds that Desdemona was not unfaithful and commits suicide. Jealousy appears many times in several characters of Othello. Jealousy leads to the ultimate downfall of several characters

The Hamartias of Othello In William Shakespeare s tragedy Othello, the hero, Othello, is plagued by his many hamartias. Termed by Aristotle around 330 B.C., hamartia is a tragic hero s error or transgression or his flaw or weakness of character. (p.1296) Othello s hamartias include jealousy, a blind, unrealistic love for Desdemona, trusting others too easily, and his unrealized ability to deceive himself. These flaws, along with the help of Iago, cause Othello to loose everything he has i

A villain is a character who uses his good name, rank, or the trust that people have for him to get what he wants at any cost. He usually manipulates everyone, and death usually come to the villain. He is well liked by every character, which allows him to pull off his tricks so well and easily. He uses his friendship with Othello to get what he wants, which is the rank of lieutenant. Iago somehow finds his way into nearly every character s life and some of those characters end up dead

In Othello, many events are more significant than others because of mental or psychological reasons. Shakespeare uses images to give contrasted thoughts to different parts of the play. Shakespeare also gives the excitement to internal events by giving the character or characters feelings, such as being angry, sad, happy, and scared. Another thing is how a character changes his feelings in a brief moment. In the play Othello, examples of these are, how Othello changes his trust from pe

The Hamartias of Othello In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, the hero, Othello, is plagued by his many hamartias. Termed by Aristotle around 330 B.C., hamartia is a tragic hero’s “error or transgression or his flaw or weakness of character.” (p.1296) Othello’s hamartias include jealousy, a blind, unrealistic love for Desdemona, trusting others too easily, and his unrealized ability to deceive himself. These flaws, along with the help of Iago, cause Othello to loose ev

Othello is a play about jealousy s causes and effects. Each character in the play had different reasons to be jealous and each of them chose to deal with it a certain way. All three characters Iago, Othello, and Roderigo had such cases and in the end dealt with different conflicts and outcomes. It s important to understand that their actions in dealing with their jealousies were a reflection of their characters, and persona. In the first scene, Iago was seen in the middle of a conversation w

In his analysis of the popular Shakespearean play Othello, Tale of the Moor of Venice, Champion focuses most of his criticism on Othello s naive ways and the evil, which Iago portrays. According to Champion, Othello is heroic and noble, but naively egotistic. (253) This is shown when Othello easily believes Iago s foolish lies about Desdemona s infidelity with Othello s true and loyal friend Cassio. He also states that Othello s tunnel-vision idealism, based on conceptions of his own

Jane Bonnet Green/Cooper English 101 April 23rd 2001 No harm is scene in an affair by the ones who attend to it, but those who are naive will soon be hurt. It is a common question that we ask our selves in a society of present times and of the past. In reading Othello, a play written over four hundred years ago, we watch several affairs take place; many of the affairs were not sexual. It is the mere thought of being married to someone, and loving someone else, whom you are not m

*INTRO*The character Oedipus in the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, and the character Othello in the play Othello the Moor of Venice by Shakespeare are both tragic characters. Oedipus ends up killing his father, and marrying and having children with his mother, whereas Othello ends up mistrusting and killing his wife. These two individuals have similarities and differences in several aspects such as the roundness of their characters, the retribution that they incur upon themselves a

In Sakespeare s Othello, Iago is infatuated with getting back at Othello for naming Cassio his lieutenant instead of Iago. Iago is so upset with Othello that he is willing to do anything, or talk anybody into doing things for him to gain his revenge on his master. Iago has a tremendous ability to manipulate people into doing things, that under normal circumstances, they would not even contemplate doing. In the play Iago despises and often riducles the other characters, especially Cass

On Saturday October 14, 2000 I choose to go to Othello at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI. The sad thing to say is it was my mom s birthday I felt obligated to go with her, but after all I kind of enjoyed myself at the performance. Although I really wasn t into seeing a play on a Saturday at twelve o clock, I went for my mom and IAC. One of the most intriguing characters in the tragic play "Othello," by William Shakespeare, is Othello's "friend" Iago. At first glance

Othello: The Tragic Hero In William Shakespeare s Othello, Othello is the tragic hero. He is a character of high stature who is destroyed by his surroundings, his own actions, and his fate. His destruction is essentially precipitated by his own actions, as well as by the actions of the characters surrounding him. The tragedy of Othello is not a fault of a single villain, but is rather a consequence of a wide range of feelings, judgments and misjudgments, and attempts for personal justifica