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    He is a man "more sinned against than sinning".Discuss with relation to the character of Othello.

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    Furthermore, Brabantio throws harsh abusive accusations and hypocritical insults at Othello. Othello had often been invited to Brabantio's house to speak of his experiences on the battle field; however, when it comes out that Othello has married has married his daughter Desdemona he accuses Othello of having "practised on her foul charms" and that he 2hast enchanted her" in order to seduce her into his "cunning hell". This may show Othello as a victim to Brabantio, but Brabantio was once charmed by Othello.

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    Othello essay: soliloquies

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    This one reason why many people argue, that soliloquies are outmoded. Many people also argue that the theatre in Elizabethan England was for people of different age groups and backgrounds and that in the modern society, theatres are only for the intelligent and less broad people who will respond to the dramas and enjoy coming to the theatre. Some people believe that soliloquies force audience into being complicit with a character. For example, Iago. The audience will be uncomfortable with his intentions and his plotting of evil. However, I disagree and believe that soliloquies help to gain intimacy with the charchters and thus make the play more successful.

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  3. Free essay

    How is the character of Iago presented in the opening scenes of the play?

    Iago is one of the most sinister characters in Shakespeare's literature. Iago is the one character that causes the conflict in Othello. He is responsible for the deaths of most of the main characters. It is argued that he does this for both his own entertainment and out of jealousy. He purposely targets Othello out of jealousy as he chose Cassio over him to be his lieutenant. Iago is thought of by the unaware characters in the play as being loyal and honest. They often refer to him throughout the play as 'honest Iago'.

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  4. Othello Essay. How Iago uses language to deceive.

    Plague in the imagery means to torment or to bring bad news while the use of flies is the bad news that Iago and Roderigo bear. This statement brings out the villainy of Lago in the sense that he likes to torture his fellow characters with the lies he delivers from time to time. As readers the first impression we get is that it is as if Iago finds pleasure in bringing misery to his fellow characters because such news will surely bring misery to Othello and his wife.

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  5. In Shakespeares play Othello the Moor of Venice, Shakespeare cleverly uses the character known as Iago to personify realistic evil.

    In theat scene he uses such inflammatory language as "The old black ram is tupping your white ewe." to cause Brabantio to hate The Moor. In the very next scene, Iago shows his manipulative side again when he pretends that he is loyally on Othello's side. Iago also manipulates his friend Roderigo from the very start of the play, Roderigo tends to be very dull mentally and because of this Iago often exploits him. In Act 1 Scene 3, Iago manipulates Roderigo by taking advantage of his emotional state.

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  6. Othello Essay. The theme of deception.

    This clearly shows the readers what Iago's true intentions are. The ability to "seem something" but to "be something else" allows the readers to be manipulated into thinking that Iago is of a "honest" nature. Iago's true intentions of decieving everyone who is close to him allows us to see just how deceptive and manipulative Iago is. His level of betrayal clearly indicates that he is alining himself with the devil by sneaking around and hiding secrets from those we consider his family and friends. This is because he goes out of his way to decieve and betray the other characters showing that Iago is the exact opposite to what he is known as, "honest Iago" without anyone actually being aware of what is happening around them.

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  7. Explore how Shakespeare examines the themes of jealousy and deception in Othello

    For example, when Othello says; "Good signor, you shall more command with years that with your weapons". This quote shows Othello instructing Iago and Brabantio to command with their years of experience and not their swords. This makes the audience consider that Othello is a wise man with much experience and knowledge. It comes to the audience as a shock when Othello is a victim of jealousy and deception. Throughout the play, Shakespeare presents Othello as a trusting man. Shakespeare uses this attribute of Othello's character so that he trusts the wrong people and ends up being very credulous.

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  8. Othello Revision Notes - themes and quotes.

    Quotes on Jealousy... o "A jealousy so strong that judgement cannot cure" - Iago o "Good God, the souls of all my tribe defend from jealousy" - Iago o "Think'st thou I'd make a life of jealousy to follow still the changes of the moon with fresh suspicions?" - Othello Race... * Othello always referred to as the Moor * Before Othello black characters in Othello were usually villains therefore the presentation of a NOBLE MOOR must mean something * Othello's race make him an outsider - dislocation and opposition * Early on in the play positive descriptions of Othello's

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  9. The film Revolutionary Road and the play Othello both exhibit conflicting marriages.

    Othello and Desdemona love each other harmoniously because of the differences they perceived in each other. These differences then become distorted during the course of the play by a heinous, manipulative interloper, Iago, a man who cannot bear to see Othello happy with Desdemona and so plans to destroy him, as he says, "Oh, you are well tuned now, but I'll set down the pegs that make this music", when he sees the two reunite and kiss. Othello's status as an outsider is the reason he is such an easy prey for narcissistic Iago.

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  10. Who in your opinion is really responsible for the deaths of Desdemona and Othello? Use evidence from the text to support your opinion.

    One of the people who had a part in their deaths was Iago. His jealously and hatred of Othello caused him to manipulate and lie to almost everyone in the play. Iago was against Othello from the very beginning, even being one of the two people to tell Desdemona's father, Brabantio, about the secret wedding. He informs him by saying; "A black ram is tupping your white ewe," (Act 1, Scene 1), which is deliberately stirring up trouble and aggravating Brabantio.

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  11. The theme of appearance versus reality in "Othello".

    But, when in reality, Cassio and Desdemona are talking about how to get Cassio's job back. Desdemona says to Cassio, I know't. I thank you. You do love my lord; You have known him long; and be you well assured He shall in strangeness stand no farther off Than in politic distance. (lll,iii,11) Othello believes only what his eyes tell him. Now, Othello questions how Cassio and Desdemona are talking, but does not have a good enough motive to get angry at Desdemona nor does he ask her about Cassio.

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  12. Othello and 'O' Comparative Essay

    This not only clearly accentuates Othello's depiction as an outsider and isolation with Venetian society but foreshadows Othello's later downfall. Compared to Shakespeare's poetic and dramatic techniques, Nelson introduces racism through cinematic depictions of white pigeons, representative of the white society, juxtaposed with the motif of the black hawk, representing Odin. Nelson also presents racism through the Dean, a figurehead of the prejudiced white society, who contradicts the allegedly 'culturally-tolerant' values by remarking "I heard you've had run-ins with the police" to disclose his stereotyped perceptions of the African American race, implying they are criminals and dangerous people.

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  13. Discuss the dramatic irony of Act 1 Scene 3 of Othello

    Supposed deceit is what lead Othello to kill Desdemona, this is the main time we see deceit in the play. We also see it when Emilia decides to turn on Iago and confess to Othello. This then leads to Iago's plan being uncovered. Act 1 Scene 3 opens with the Duke and Senators sitting at a table. There is also lighting on stage, showing that it is night. This means that it is now dark and this creates tension. This is done by the night being mysterious and people unaware of anything in the dark; the darkness is commonly linked to crime and danger.

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  14. Who is to blame for the tragedy of Othello?

    He also doesn't handle situations that he's in very well or at least not in the right way. Instead of trying to talk, he just lashes out and doesn't let anyone explain what's happening, he shows this quality when he learns that Desdemona is supposedly cheating on him he just lashes out and "he strikes her", as the stage direction says. This shows how much he lets his emotions take over him and make him do things and think things that aren't rational, this also shows how he could be to blame as if he didn't act so rashly then he could of found out the truth and not caused so much pain and death.

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  15. Free essay

    Othello English Coursework

    The focus of our essay is to show the various ways in which Shakespeare creates a good and tragic play for the reader to enjoy. The main focus is to explain the three different chapters which have been chosen for this essay and to explain how they are the best three chapters of the entire play. Act 1 Scene 3: Act 1 Scene 3 is set in a Council chamber in which there is a discussion happening with the Turkish, and how the Venetians are helping with the war effort.

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  16. How does Shakespeare create dramatic impact in Act 3 Scene 3 of Othello?

    We don't only see this in Act 3 Scene 3 however, this is also portrayed in Act 1 Scene 3 when he persuades Roderigo to join him in seeking revenge over Othello by telling Roderigo that Othello and Desdemona will soon tire of one another; 'come, be a man', suggesting that Roderigo will not be worthy enough unless he joins him. One of the techniques he uses to do so is his use of clever, manipulative language. Clever language such as; 'my lord, you know I love you', this draws Othello in, who he is speaking to, pretending that he has love for him and giving him false ideas.

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  17. Commentary on Iagos soliloquy (1.3.365-386)

    Having moments earlier told Rodrigo that "I have professed me thy friend", Iago commences his soliloquy by sneering at the gullibility of Rodrigo mocking "thus do I ever make my fool my purse"; the repeated use of the possessive pronoun conveys the extent to which Iago is able to control Roderigo through deception as well as his belief in his superiority over Roderigo. Roderigo is belittled by Iago further as he describes Roderigo as a "snipe" - a flightless bird - alluding perhaps to Roderigo's inability to escape his influences.

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  18. Othello extract Analysis (3.3.435-476)

    The importance of the handkerchief is, unfortunately, noticed by Iago as he bid Emilia to steal it "a hundred times". Whilst the origins of the handkerchief are clearly not of importance to Othello as he gives two entirely different accounts of how it came into his possession, this extract shoes the significance of the handkerchief to Othello as upon his false realisation that Desdemona has given it to Cassio, he declares "now do I see 'tis [Iago's accusation] true". Though Rhymer's summary of Othello accepts the importance of the handkerchief, it does not appreciate the complex web of symbols behind the handkerchief.

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  19. Othello English Coursework

    Othello's response shows that he is starting to believe what Iago is saying by responding "I think thou dost". At this stage the audience may feel nervous and uneasy because they see what Iago is thinking and see his devilish plan taking shape. Paragraph Two Another device Iago uses is pretence Emilia quickly departs, Iago says to Othello "One of this kind is Cassio in sleep I heard him say Sweet Desdemona let us be wary, let us hide our loves and then sir would he gripe and wring my hand" Iago does this to make Othello believe that Desdemona is unfaithful and feel insecure.

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  20. The women in Othello are presented by Shakespeare as victims. To what extent do you agree with this claim?

    In 'Othello' Desdemona is introduced as a woman that contradicts the stereotype of women during Jacobean times. She is described like a goddess by many men during the play, 'She is indeed perfection' is how Cassio describes her in Act I. Othello begins to think of her as his trophy and prized possession, but despite all the attention and praise she receives, she does not become arrogant or boastful and remains eloquent and lady-like, showing how she is worthy of being deified.

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  21. SHAKESPEARES OTHELLO GCSE COURSEWORK

    'honest Iago', and he is the one person in which Othello confides and who he unquestionably believes when he implies that Desdemona's had been unfaithful to him. Iago's character is complex, but in Act I, Scene 1, in which he describes his disgust at being overlooked as Othello's lieutenant, "And I, of whom his eyes have seen the proof... must be be-leed and calmed" (1.1.27), "Preferment goes by letter and affection (1.1.35) (he implies that Cassio does not deserve to be lieutenant but was given the post because of nepotism), the audience becomes aware that the primary motivation for Iago is revenge and anger; revenge for Cassio replacing him and anger at Othello who has overlooked him.

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  22. How is Othello and Desdemonas relationship doomed from the beginning of the play?

    By Spells and medicines bought of mountebanks", which may refer to people thinking that Africans were witch doctors. The fact that Brabantio has gone to these extreme states of mind shows how much Brabantio is against this, even though he respects Othello for his services to the army he does not respect him enough for him to marry his daughter. Brabantio also does not want Rodrigo to marry his daughter even though he is white so this makes the audience wonder if there is more than race involved when Brabantio objects.

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  23. Othello Essay

    In Act 3 Scene 3 Iago uses a number of devices to convince Othello of Desdemona's infidelity. One of the devices Iago uses effectively is the repetition of phrases throughout the Act. This device can be used to a great effect as the same point keeps on being repeated. The use of repetition triggered Othello's doubts upon his wife as Iago pretends to "protect" her hideous secret. 101 IAGO Indeed? 102 OTHELLO Indeed? Ay, indeed! Discern'st thou aught in that? Is he not honest? 104 IAGO Honest, my lord? 105 OTHELLO Honest? Ay, honest. 106 IAGO My lord, for aught I know.

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  24. How Does Shakespeare Present The Theme Of The Outsider In Othello(TM) Act 1?

    He falls from the honour in which he is held by allowing himself to be deceived by Iago about the faithfulness of his wife Desdemona. Desdemona represents purity in the play, as she is an innocent white aristocratic female who was murdered by the love of her life because of the evil and anger of one person. This play is home to many themes including the theme of the outsider. Although the Venetian senate consider him to be a 'valiant Moor', some sections of society consider him to be an outsider because of his skin colour and possible because he elopes with Desdemona.

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  25. It is claimed that Act 3 Scene 3 of Othello is the most important and dramatic scene of the play. Examine the reasons for this claim and explain to what extent you agree with it, by considering its significance in terms of plot, character, theme and Drama

    army, and this made it more dramatic because he fell all the way from being the strong general to being a low-life killer, Othello was keeping Cyprus within their control with his lieutenant Michael Cassio, his "trusted" ensign Iago, his wife Desdemona and her housemaid, and wife to Iago, Emilia, and as the story progresses Othello gets tainted by Iago's lies and becomes jealous and eventually progressing to Othello's madness and the killing of himself, Desdemona and Emilia. In the beginning of the play, Othello was seen as a brave and noble man, an example of this is when Iago

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