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Choose a key character from the play you studied and write an essay which discusses the manner in which he / she has been characterized by Shakespeare and how he / she represents the principal themes of the play.

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Brian Lee Grade 11 May 13, 2005 English Othello Writing Task: Essay Option 8: Choose a key character from the play you studied and write an essay which discusses the manner in which he / she has been characterized by Shakespeare and how he / she represents the principal themes of the play. Othello, one of the exemplary plays written by the legendary play writer William Shakespeare, truly contains all the elements of an excellent, effective, and emotional play. Although there are numerous aspects that contributed to the play's success, one of the most crucial and valuable aspects of Othello was the use of the character Iago. ...read more.

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This allowed Shakespeare to surprise the audience with a twist in the plot and carry out the major theme of trust and betrayal. From the beginning of Othello, William Shakespeare continuously emphasizes the fact that Iago is an honest and trusted individual, characterizing Iago as a sincere character. There are various parts where Iago is referred to as "Honest Iago" and described as a truthful man. For example, when Othello has to leave for Cyprus because of the Turks invasion, Desdemona strongly suggests that she wants to accompany Othello. Othello agrees to her request and he "assigns" (pg. 39) his wife to a man "of honesty and trust" (pg. ...read more.

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This also confirms the fact that Shakespeare tries to embed the idea that Iago is trusted by all of his "friends" to the audience. The other example that supports this idea can be seen through Othello's disgraceful actions. Othello was lead to believe that he was being cuckolded by Desdemona. Othello blindly trusts Iago's lead and ends up killing his innocent wife. These are few of the examples that show Shakespeare's clear and purposeful intention of trying to make the audience know that Iago is trusted by every character in the play. This characterization Shakespeare creates through out the play makes the ending of this play a lot more emotional and bitter. ...read more.

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