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Explore the ways in which Shakespeare the character Othello, his relationship with Desdemona and how he is viewed in that society in Act 1 Scene 111 up to line 296.

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´╗┐Alex Stockton English Literature Explore the ways in which Shakespeare the character Othello, his relationship with Desdemona and how he is viewed in that society in Act 1 Scene 111 up to line 296. Othello?s character is conveyed in a number of ways, ranging from the writing techniques such as stylistic features and dramatic devices to the more obvious quotations from the various unique and challenging characters Othello has to deal with. This essay will describe a number of these ways in which Shakespeare coveys ?The Moors? character. This essay will also explore his relationship with his new found wife, Desdemona and also how he his viewed not only by the other characters but also the society of Venice. Firstly this essay will explore the various ways in which Shakespeare conveys Othello?s character. The most prominent way and also the most obvious method Shakespeare uses to convey Othello?s character is dramatic irony. This technique is when there is a discrepancy between what that particular character knows and what the viewer?s/audience knows. For example in this play Othello truly believes that his friendship with Iago is genuine. On the other hand the audience know this trust is ill placed. We know that Othello is a brilliant general, the most trusted in the Venetian army. ...read more.

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Dramatic irony is also a way of making the audience feel closer to the characters by watching first-hand the horror of a once great and proud man as Othello gradually crumble under the whispers of Iago until he kills the one person he loves. Another method Shakespeare uses throughout the play of Othello is Motifs. A motif is a recurring feature within a novel or play that may offer further insight into its complexion. Othello does indeed have a number of reoccurring motifs within the novel such as the use of Hell, the Devil and monsters. Ironically Iago tells Othello to beware of jealousy with the lines ?green-eyed monster which doth mock/ the meat it feeds on? (III.iii.170?171). This once again highlights the flaws within Othello?s character by comparing the jealousy within him to a monster. Further along in the play Emilia also compares jealousy, and indirectly Othello?s weaknesses as a ?monster / Begot upon itself, born on itself? (III.iv.156?157). And finally when Othello hears of Desdemona?s supposed treachery he cries out ?monstrous, monstrous? (III.iii.431). This final quote gives the impression that the ?green eyed monster? has succeeded, with the help of Iago in overcoming Othello and from what he once was into a monstrous, jealous wreck. Othello?s relationship with Desdemona is that of a complex one, with the contradictory fact that they really don?t know each other. ...read more.

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How Othello is viewed in Venetian society is a complex feature within the play. Venetian culture in the vague period Shakespeare has set the play in was very much a hierarchical system but where certain classes and cultures have their glass ceilings in where they can find themselves in that society. During that time it would have been unheard of, of an African, or anyone none Venetian to be at the pinnacle of the military hierarchy. Yet Othello, a moor finds himself being the most trusted general within the army. This in itself tells the audience that Othello is respected for his achievements. Yet during Act 1 he is constantly referred to not as by what he is, a general, or at least by his name but as a Moor. Iago constantly refers to him as ?his moorship?, ?the moor? and Rodergo even calls him ?the thick lips?. This shows that he may be resented, and even mocked by those who may be jealous of his title and achievements. Shakespeare has used a number of techniques in order to give the audience a deeper insight into Othello?s character, his relationship with his wife Desdemona, and how he is viewed by the characters within the play. From foreshadowing to motifs Othello is a deep character with various levels to his personality that aren?t necessarily obvious to the reader. Shakespeare creates a multi-dimensional character that could change with each and every interpretation. ...read more.

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