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Does man have control over his own destiny?

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ISU They are questions as old as civilization itself. Does man have control over his own destiny? Is man ultimately held accountable for his actions by a higher power? Within the plays of William Shakespeare can be found such fundamental questions and conflicts of humanity, as well as situations, attitudes, and problems that continue to hold strong universal meaning to this day. Humankind depends on element of choice to define its destiny. Its position in universe relates to element of choice i.e. pathos or glory in the potentialities of men and the pathos of human suffering or the sense of needlessness wastes the good. One of Shakespeare's most credible Iago has a large appetite for revenge. In his perspective, he believes that it is he who should be in charge, not Othello the Moor. This creates anger in Iago, who entraps Othello in the web of deceit. He does that by creating misunderstandings that implant images in Othello's head that lead to his downfall. Iago is constantly like a puppet master, pulling the strings of people around him. Iago is jealous of the relationship shared between Othello and Desdemona. The character of Iago twists Othello into killing his wife, and eventually himself, through manipulating Othello's trust and loyalty. ...read more.


Although this sounds like a good and a rewarding transformation it was not so good inside as it was on the outside. His quest to reach the status of Estella and his wish to be hers forever made him a different person altogether. In all stages of life he encountered different people that shaped his life accordingly. The society changed his point of view towards things, he started ignoring his roots, his true self, and he tried being someone he wasn't. All this lead to his very depressing end, although he did have a few good days that made his life seem like heaven but not everything remains forever. Pip unknowingly passes the message of self-respect, for a certain span on life he gave up on his self and tried to be like what Estella wanted him to be. At the end he realizes that his quest to be rich and famous didn't quiet take him where he wanted to go, instead he ended up being a more dreaded man than he should have been. Othello is a nobleman, a decorated soldier, very well respected by his men. Othello is one of the most extraordinary characters in all of Shakespeare's dramas. ...read more.


Miss Havisham was jilted on her wedding day by her fianc´┐Ż; this caused a mental imbalance, which made her hate men from the bottom of her heart. The main female character of the play, Desdemona is the complete victim of male dominance. Desdemona is victimized because of the vindictive way in which she is being treated at distinctive places. Desdemona shows willingness and acceptance whilst being ill treated by a different number of men on a different number of occasions in the play. Desdemona is willing to sacrifice everything for Othello in the play and this could be a reason to whey she is so compliant of his vindictiveness. Desdemona calls Othello her 'lord' on a number of occasions in the play. Desdemona calling Othello 'lord' is an extremely good example of the acceptance she has of living in this male-dominated society. The way Desdemona calls Othello 'lord' makes it seem as if he is her king or perhaps her ruler and that he owns her. Many men were treated in this respect in this era. The sheer amount of male influence on Othello by Iago makes him assume, as soon as the subject matter is touched upon, that Desdemona is cheating on him. Othello doesn't believe Desdemona when she is telling Othello her side of the story, he only believes what his 'trusting friend' Iago has brainwashed him with. ...read more.

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