The Tragedy Of Othello Essay

1238 words - 5 pages

To what extent is Iago responsible for the tragedy of Othello?
William Shakespeares own traditional use of the themes, love, betrayal and tragedy creates the final outcomes of the play being easily predicted by the audience to know more than the characters themselves. Othello, the protagonist of the play is the great general of the army. Being black he is faced with racism and betrayal by many characters. Iago, the antagonist of the play is the jelous but most trusted friend of Othello. He is the catalyst of the tragic deaths of characters in the play. These two characters are placed in the Elizabethan era where the society brings in difficulties for the both of them.
Christianity was the ...view middle of the document...

In this quotation we see how Iago reminds Othello of how Desdemona in the past deceived her father to marry him, implying that she can easily do the same to Othello. During the Elizabethan era women were expected to marry the person their father chooses for them. So, by defying her father, Desdemona is now seen to be untrustful to Othello.
Desdemona shows herself to be racist and untrustful.
“So much i challenge that i may profess
Due to the moor my lord.
This quote shows Desdemona refering to her husband using a common racist term. Throughout the begining of the play, Desdemona has been repeatedly saying how much she loves Othello and yet she uses this term to refer to her husband. This shows she is two-sided and untrustful. The word “moor” is a racist term used by the characters to refer to Othello. However it could be used by the writer to show the religious and peaceful side of Othello as this word shows the complication that Othello is likely to have a muslim background. During the years from 1000AD onward the moorish empire included north Africa and Spain. This reveals that Othello is of high religious state and so would never hurt anyone unless manipulated to do so.
Othello himself shows how ignorant and naive he is to the audience and he has no idea of Iago’s plans and intentions.
“A man he is of honesty and trust”
Here we see Othello describing Iago to be very honest and trustful. The audience can now see that Othello is quickly falling into Iago’s trap as he is too naive to notice how Iago is trying to maniplulate him using suggestive language. By being so feeble, he has contributed to his own tragic death. So Othello is partly to be blamed for, for the tragic deaths.
Iago explains he is not himself when with Othello telling the audience of his future plans and actions.
“I am not what i am.”
In this quotation Iago reveals to the audience what his plans are going to be. Iago exposes himself to the audience of being very clever, and secretive character early in the play. He explains to a character that he is going to act the way he has always acted towards Othello until the time is right where he will “stab him in the back,” betraying Othello finally.
While in a deep conversation with Iago, Othello says that he is forver bounded to him never to be separated. By saying this he is implying that his relationship with Iago is something special, and so again shows Othello’s naivety.
“I am bound to...

Other Essays Like The Tragedy of Othello

The Valor Of Othello Essay

1142 words - 5 pages ability to solve a problem under intense situations. This is a sure sign of valiance.Even other characters in the play regard Othello as a hero. One of these people is the duke of Venice. He specifically mentions Othello as a heroic person when he says"Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you against the general enemy Ottoman." (P.33 Act 1 Sc. 3 line 56). The word valiant has many meanings and one of them means heroic. Another person who looks

The Imagery Of Othello Talks Essay

1681 words - 7 pages The Imagery of Othello Talks        In the tragedy Othello Shakespeare uses imagery to talk between the lines, to set moods, to create a more dramatic impact on the mind of the audience, and for other reasons. Let’s consider the types and impact of imagery.   A surprising, zoo-like variety of animal imagery occurs throughout the play. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello, explains the conversion of

Shakespeare's Othello - The Motivations Of Iago In Othello

868 words - 4 pages The Motivations of Iago in Othello         Have you ever met a devil who does evil for his own sake? Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello could seem like he has good motives, but I feel that he uses them as his excuses. The first thing that I did was uncovered Iago's motives. Iago is the most controversial character in Othello. He is able to keep his true thoughts and motives from everyone. Are his motives only excuses for his actions

The Weight of a Hankerchief in Othello

1037 words - 5 pages ”The Weight of a Handkerchief” The tragedy in the plot of Shakespeare’s Othello revolves around the title character’s mistrust of his own wife, Desdemona, his lieutenant Cassio and misplaced trust of Iago. Othello’s mistrust of Desdemona and Cassio stems from ideas planted by Iago, but these ideas are able to find a solid footing based on the timely absence and presence of Desdemona’s handkerchief. The handkerchief is able to have such an

The Role of Reputation in Shakespeare's Othello

967 words - 4 pages military man or Cassio's reputation tarnished. Reputation is what helps all of us make judgements about others and is very important in our society today. [pic] Iago is so two-faced and compelling that others believe him exceptionally easily. Iago's true thoughts on "[pic]reputation" are what keep the tragedy of [pic]Othello going in its twisted plot. Iago's main representation of what he believes the importance of [pic]reputation is

The Power of Language in Othello

884 words - 4 pages English Speech: The Power of Language in Othello Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American novelist, once said: “Words, so innocent and powerless…when standing in a dictionary, how potent for good or evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” This quote can be directly related to the play Othello, in which Shakespeare uses language to inform, persuade, manipulate and romance both the characters and the audience throughout

The Two Very Important Pieces of Othello

812 words - 4 pages Iago Thomas Rymer I believe does an excellent job on this critic of Othello. The first two paragraphs he deals with include two very important pieces of Othello that differ from the original Cinthio narrative, one being naming Othello the Moor of Venice instead of simply the Moor, and secondly Othello’s wife being the senators daughter and higher class. These are obviously very important characteristics of Othello introduced early in the play

The Use Of "Masks" In Othello

554 words - 3 pages friends then our grandparents, etc. It?s a natural thing that everyone tends to do. Masks are also worn in stories and play?s which sometimes depict real life. In the play Othello, written by William Shakespear, a lot of the characters seem to be wearing ?masks? throughout the play.Art sometimes imitates life. We all seem to hide our true selves sometimes. Teenagers tend to have a lot of drama in high school because teenagers sometimes feel they have

The Role Of Madness In The Spanish Tragedy And Hamlet

2032 words - 9 pages The role that madness plays in The Spanish Tragedy and in Hamlet, indeed in all revenge tragedies, is a vital one; it provides an opportunity for the malcontent to be converted by the environment into the avenger. In almost all revenge tragedies, the malcontent takes the form of a renaissance man or woman who is confronted with a problem - the deed to be avenged. This crime, and the criminals that perpetrated it, effect that surroundings to

The Portrayal of Jealousy in Othello and the Scarlet Letter

1537 words - 7 pages features that he possesses. These features include derogative language and pure resentment towards Othello as seen in this extract: “I hate the Moor: And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets He has done my office:” (act1 scene 3). This extract shows the degree of hated to which Iago has for Othello, he doesn’t care for him nor does he care for anyone else associated with him. Dramatic irony, a typical convention of tragedy is used throughout

The Negative Impact Of Gender Roles In Othello

1375 words - 6 pages While there have been a great number of changes in the world since Shakespeare wrote Othello, there are a few truths about humanity and society that remain true. Othello is notorious for it’s examination of race, but is not given enough credit for its observations of gender. Iago embodies masculine gender roles in a severe and exaggerated way, allowing his desire for proving his masculinity to corrupt him morally. Iago then turns and uses his

Related Papers

Custom Written Term Papers: Othello Is A Tragedy Of Fortune

2745 words - 11 pages Othello Is a Tragedy of Fortune         In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello we find a tragedy of fortune, in which the Moor falls from a great height into dishonor and disgrace. Let us dwell upon this theme in this essay.   H. S. Wilson in his book of literary criticism, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, discusses the misfortunes in the play and the hero’s attitude:   But if a man is betrayed into destroying

The Underlying Theme Of Othello Is Reputation And It Is This That Culminates In The Play’s Tragedy. To What Extent Do You Agree With This Claim?

1172 words - 5 pages English Literature The Main theme of Othello is not the theme of jealousy but the theme of reputation and this is one of the main constitutes, responsible for the tragedy of the play: to what extent do you agree with this in regards to Act Two Scene Three and Act Three Scene Three? In William Shakespeare's Othello it could be thought that the main theme is Jealousy however in Act two scene three reputation become a prominent theme

Analyse The Way In Which Evil Conquers Good In Shakespeare’s Play Othello Through The Themes In The Tragedy

1428 words - 6 pages “Evil ultimately conquers good in Shakespeare’s play Othello” is a true statement, shown through the themes of jealousy, love and revenge in the play. These themes are great factors contributing to the play, and cause the downfall of Othello and his relationship with Desdemona; these themes also show that even the strongest of people and relationships can be ravaged by such a small thing as jealousy. The evil in this tragedy is shown through

Tragedy Of The Commons Essay

793 words - 4 pages Analysis of The tragedy of the commons There are numerous problems the world is facing today- Climate changes, Pollution, Global warming and so on. But the roots of all these lie in the speeded growth of population in the past few centuries. The tragedy of the commons was written by Hardin in 1968 engaging the attention of an educated audience with a scientific bent of mind formulating the population problem. Its is not just about the grazing