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Who do you Consider to be the Centre of the Tragedy Othello

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Who do you Consider to be the Centre of the Tragedy Othello And Why? Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. Iago is sly, cunning, clever and artful. With his clever connection with the audience he must be paid much more attention to than Othello or any other figure in the play. Although we may have no respect for Iago and an amoral villain, one cannot but respect his Machiavellian manipulation of human behaviour which leads us through his plot to the tragedy. Through carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals. He is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end. Iago's tragedy is a tragedy of the artist, who is consumed by the very web he weaves; Iago is involved in the paradox of the artist, revealing the truth about people's natures by telling lies. Iago's destiny is that of the tragic hero. To be destroyed by the tragedy he is contributing towards. Creating the tragedy becomes, literally, Iago's all-consuming passion. Therefore Iago engineers his own doom; he has the most active role in the tragedy. ...read more.

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Along with this is the extreme trust and reputation he holds with others. His wife remains questionless about his plans, Othello reacts and is reeled in by Iago's words and stories. No one doubts him, which gives him complete and utter power. Therefore this makes him, in my opinion, Shakespeare's strongest character and therefore the centre of the tragedy Othello. Being as smart as he is, Iago is quick to recognize the advantages of trust and uses it as a tool to forward his purposes. Throughout the story he is commonly known as, and commonly called, "Honest Iago." He even says it of himself, "I am an honest man...." Trust is a very powerful emotion that is easily abused. Iago is a master of abuse in this case turning people's trust in him into tools to forward his own goals. He even admits that it has worked when he has reeled in the characters; "Thus credulous fools are caught...." Iago slowly poisons people's thoughts, creating ideas in their heads without implicating himself. And therefore the characters in the play rarely stop to consider the possibility that Iago could be deceiving them or manipulating them, after all to them he is "Honest Iago." This simply exemplifies Iago's genius and knowledge of human behaviour and emotion. ...read more.

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Throughout history there were people like Iago, famous, important, well-know people. History usually remembers those for their evil actions and not dull good doers. Maybe that is why Shakespeare wanted a character like Iago so he could go down in history. Anyhow audiences of modern day can completely understand the pure villainy and evilness that is the character Iago. However as for Othello, the real shock factor for an Elizabethan audience would have been the idea and themes of racism in a play. Generally in Elizabethan times there were very few black people in England, and customarily the idea of mix raced marriages and a black lieutenant were more or less unheard of and in a lot of cases shocking. However to a modern audience, typically the shock factor is lost. Othello the character and themes around him become outdated. Therefore to a modern audience Iago is still in the main focus as a standard villain character and the centre of the play. Iago is absolutely capable of anything. Audiences are captivated by his conniving plots, twisted lies and brutal, sexual language. Iago takes us on the tragic journey to view the overpowering force of jealousy has over love. In the end of the play however he is caught up in his own tragic trap. Although throughout the play we are absolutely sickened by his pure evilness, we have to admire him for what he is; extremely clever. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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