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Although the play was named after Othello, Shakespeare brings in a true villan whose name is Iago

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Introduction

The play "Othello" was written by the playwright William Shakespeare, one of the best and well-known writers of that period and upto the current day. He wrote it in 1604 to be performed to the new King: King James I and for that reason he included themes in it such as Turkish history, witchcraft and black magic which he knew King James I liked. The play is named after one of the main characters who has a fatal flaw. The character in question is Othello, the Moor of Venice, a believing and honourable member of the Venetian community and a general of the Venetian army. Although the play was named after Othello, Shakespeare brings in a true villan whose name is Iago. At the time Spain was Englands enermy and Iago being a Spanish name makes the audience sure that Iago is evil. Iago could arguably be the main character, making the play a tragedy which is a play in which characters must struggle with circumstances in which most meet death and despair which in this case the Moor's torture and eventually his, and other innocent characters' demise. Shakespeare seems to suggest in this play that white Iago is a very negative character and Othello the black general is the hero. ...read more.

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Whilst Othello's mind is at rest, the audience enjoys a Venetian setting, and when he becomes provoked and disturbed, we see the backcloth of Cyprus. The other characters in the play also seem pleased and contented of the implications of being in Venice. Brabantio himself explains: "What tell'st thou me of robbing? This is Venice; My house is not a grange." (Act I Scene I) This is just proving that the idea of robbery in Venice is just outrageous to a man like Brabantio, content with his Venetian home and his Venetian blood and not used to uncival behaviour. The difference between Venice and Cyprus is really shown by Iago whose plan is unsuccessful in his attempts to bring comedown to Othello in Venice by telling Brabantio that Othello has slept with his daughter in no uncertain terms, while in Cyprus he succeeds, by breaking up Othello's marriage and then annihilating Cassio. He makes Othello believe that Cassio is Desdemona's secret lover, thereby ruining both of his enemies with the same liebut first of all he makes sure everyone thinks he is Cassio's friend: "Touch me not so near I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth than it do offence to Michael Cassio." He does this so no one will suspect him of foul play. ...read more.

Conclusion

The handkerchief scene is another important scene in Othello. The scene is full of tension, which Shakespeare keeps on cleverly adding to, to bring more furore from the audience. This tension is brought about by Desdemona speaking for Cassio which compounds Othello's fears and at the same time Othello asking for the handkerchief bringing in dramatic irony creating tension. Throughout the scene, Othello gets more and more desparate making the audience sit on the edge of their seats even more and then at the same time Desdemona interrupting with words for Cassio. Here you can see that, even though Desdemona keeps on denying it, Othello won't rest and keeps on asking her, showing how well Iago has worked up Othello with evil lies.This scene and the temptation scene bring the play up to its climax full of dramatic tension Shakespeare has cleverly made. Lots of Iago's motives were based on suspicion and his truly wicked and cunning ways forced Othello's weakness to come from him - jealousy. Othello changed during the play from a polite general to a badly spoken murderer all because Iago thought Othello may have slept with his wife and Othello didn't promote him but Cassio. In this play Iago was prepared to ruin and end peoples' lives just because of his jeaousy. His motives were small and his actions huge and horrific. So what most people would wonder and what Othello asked on the brink of death was: "Why hath thou thus ensnar'd my soul and body?" ...read more.

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