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Analysis Of Characters Othello, Iago and Desdemona.

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Introduction

Analysis Of Characters Othello, Iago and Desdemona. Desdemona is the daughter of Brabantio, a man of reputation in Venice, and the wife of Othello, also a man spoken often of. She is part of the upper class of Venetian society. Desdemona may be perceived by the audience as a character to be admired and respected or as a naive young woman in need of attention . Desdemona's banter with Iago can be played as polite conversation or controversial flirtation. Apparently, she has many suitors wanting her hand in marriage, but she freely chooses to marry Othello, a decision which upsets Brabantio, Iago, and Roderigo, to choose a "old black ram" over her other white suitors. . Desdemona is a more plausible, well-rounded figure that, and like Iago uses her credits to her potential, whether that be flirting or arguing. Arguments that see Desdemona as weak clearly ignore her first speech ("My noble father, / I do perceive here a divided duty" (I.iii.179-180). ...read more.

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Although Othello appears at the beginning of the second scene, we do not hear his name until well into Act I, scene iii (I.iii.48). So, from the start of the play we get a very biased opinion of him through his "friends". As the only black character in the play and one of the few in England at the time, immediately it seems Othello "does not belong to our world." Although Othello is a cultural and racial outsider in Venice. He is in great demand by the duke and senate, as evidenced by Cassio's comment that the senate "sent about three several quests" to look for Othello (I.ii.46). The Venetian trusts Othello enough to put him in full martial and political command of Cyprus, this shows great dedication to the state on Othello's behalf. Othello , I think, sometimes makes a point of presenting himself as an outsider, this could be the only factor of his character that shows weakness to the outside world. ...read more.

Conclusion

As entertained onlookers, we find ourselves on Iago's side when he is with Roderigo, but the interactions between the two also reveal a streak of cowardice in Iago.It is Iago's talent for understanding and manipulating the desires of those around him that makes him both a powerful and a compelling figure. And the most dominating in the play, with his many contacts and "motives", and his ability to manipulate any situation to his advantage. Iago shows Othello's vulnerability as a black man of that era. Othello's status as an outsider may be the reason he is such easy prey for Iago. Iago can only see women as false, mean spirited and inferior creatures, this can be seen when he speaks despairingly of Desdemona. Iago is full of hate and contempt, he is dominated by personal and professional jealousy. He wants Othello to suffer the same torment that rages him inside. There is an undertone of competitive racism in Iago's soliloquy, that he cannot accept that Desdemona, a wealthy aristocratic white woman has chosen a black man. ...read more.

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