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How the character of Othello changes.

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´╗┐Bradley Storey English Essay Deterioration of the Character Othello The play is created by the portrayal of the transformation of the play?s main character, Othello, whose love for his wife Desdemona is manipulated by Iago. The outcome of the ordeal is a character that is highly contrasting to that of before. The setting of the play plays an integral part in defining the character Othello, as it places him against a back drop of political turmoil which acts as a perfect catalyst to the turbulent domestic issues faced by the character due to the conflict of his public and private life; issues that will ultimately undo the character. Initially the play is set in Venice, where all is well. A land of peace devoid of confusion and conflict, it is here where Othello is regarded in high respect as a valiant war hero. ...read more.


from interfering with his occupation, he himself stating ?My speculative and officed instruments/ that my disports corrupt and taint my business.? The setting in Cypress is contrasting to that of Venice, and it is important to understand this in order to draw parallels between the violent and turbulent nature of Cypress to that in the deterioration of Othello?s character. As Iago is able to plant the seed of doubt concerning the fidelity of Desdemona in Othello?s heart, we as an audience are able to see a change in the mannerisms and personality of Othello, and as Iago?s ?poison? works itself into this insecurity of Othello?s (the tragic flaw of the character), the manipulation of himself begins to degenerate the character 'Work my medicine, work, work.?. ...read more.


This leads to Roderigo to comment 'My Lord this would not be believ'd in Venice'. By bringing up Venice at this point is create a stark contrast, as the audience is able to visualise the honourable respected Venetian Othello in direct comparison to the savage like acts of Othello emphasized by the anarchy of Cypress. The astonishment in Roderigo?s comment also shows the obvious change in Othello. In Conclusion, Othello's descent into lunacy is seen through his inability to separate private feelings and public duties, and through setting, Shakespeare signals the changes which occur in Othello's character and make it consistent with his surrounding transformations. The characterisation of Cypress and Venice is significant, depicting the transformation of Othello's character, and overall emphasising the tragedy of the play. ...read more.

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