Articles for tag: Desdemona, Iago, Othello

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Emilia’s Intentions in Othello

Emilia is a somewhat puzzling character in Othello since she does not have soliloquies or asides. Unlike Lago, who reveals himself in detailed monologues, what goes on in her mind is left up to the reader’s imagination. Despite limited knowledge of Emilia’s intent, the play implies that her intentions were innocuous even though they lead ...

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An Analysis of Manipulation Through Weakness in Shakespeare’s Othello

Shakespeare’s Othello examines the ease of manipulation through one’s weakness. Othello, a Moore and Venetian General, weds Desdemona, the daughter of Brabantio, a Venetian aristocrat. Iago, Othello’s ancient, and Cassio, Othello’s newly appointed lieutenant, accompany Othello and Desdemona to Cyprus. Iago, angry because Othello did not appoint him as general, uses Roderigo, Desdemona’s admirer, to ...

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The Consequences of Misplaced Trust in Shakespeare’s Othello

There is no doubt that Othello is a tragedy. With several deaths, an undeniably evil villain, and clashing characters it certainly fulfills the genre’s requirements. Othello is about dishonesty. Iago, the ultimate villain, is a liar. However, Othello is also about honesty. Desdemona is honest, but Othello believes that she is not. Iago is not ...

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Othello and Cyprus – Shakespeare Analysis

Occasionally it becomes impossible to separate the world of a good book from its scenery and the grand back story of history. When I first visited Marseille some years ago I could not get my mind off the Count of Monte Cristo. The searing Mediterranean sun, the scent of fish and spices, the sailing ships ...

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The Use of Jealousy Throughout Othello

Jealousy is used several times throughout “Othello” as a theme for different characters and is used each time for different reasons. Jealousy is apparent in characters such as Iago, Roderigo, and Othello. Each instant of jealousy provides readers and viewers a better understanding of the character’s feelings and future motives. The message within each character’s ...

A Post-Colonial Critique of Othello

Time passes, class texts are read, dissected, deconstructed. Suddenly in the epochs of literary criticism, a new theory emerges. Schools of thought form and take shape and eventually find themselves in the subconscious of the reader, who now has the option of understanding his literature with a new interpretive strategy. One of the new schools ...

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Iago’s Motives of Manipulation in Othello

In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago is a malicious manipulator who commits treacherous deeds without true motives. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a famous English Poet, describes Iago’s actions as “the motive-hunting of motiveless malignity” because in the play Iago spitefully creates havoc and desperately seeks motives for his malice. Iago’s scheme to depose Cassio, ...

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Iago’s Manipulation of Roderigo in Othello

In the famous play “Othello” by William Shakespeare, Iago is the master of manipulation who ruins several lives maliciously and treacherously. Iago devises a very devious plot that manipulates Roderigo to commit bloody deeds for his treacherous ends. All the major characters become pawns and eventually victims of Iago’s plot. It is as though Iago ...

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Othello: The Handkerchief as Unreliable Evidence

Shakespeare’s Othello is a drama that relies entirely too much on circumstantial evidence. The handkerchief is used as the one and only piece of major evidence to prove the infidelity of Othello’s wife, Desdemona. The reliance on the handkerchief is inappropriate in that the play could have drastically changed very easily had the handkerchief and ...