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  1. How Shakespeare creates chaos in Othello's mind

    Where he mentions his 'parts', 'title' and 'perfect soul' Othello is referring to all that he has worked for and the rank he has earned, then where he says that they shall 'manifest him rightly' he conveys that they will be made known to people, again showing how he is proud of his job. It is this sense of nobility Othello has that makes Iago jealous of him, then leading to later events of manipulation in the play. In the opening of the play it is Iago's goal to take over Cassio's position as lieutenant, which he goes about by getting him drunk, later forcing Othello to fire him and promote Iago to Cassio's previous position.

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  2. Does the character of Othello change in the course of the play?

    Also 'Othello' is not a tragedy of state, it is a tragedy of a man (the full title of the play is 'The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice') so a decline of good character is almost already expected just as a downfall of a good state is expected in classical tragedy. It is generally agreed that Othello speaks in the most beautiful verse ever written by Shakespeare, and he almost singly speaks in verse throughout the whole play.

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  3. Self-made Othello Script

    Detective walk few times around Othello, finally: - So maybe you'll tell me what happened to Desdemona. - She just loved me. - "She just loved me" - you are talking like a little child but alright - why she did it? Because it's very important. - I said her the story of my life, then she enjoyed it and loved me for it. - What was this story about? - About battle and war and why I took alive myself from it. - And this stupid thing made her love you? - It wasn't stupid, it was real as present moment and she loved me for thing I've done during the war.

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  4. Analyse the Dramatic Device used in Act III Scene 1 in order to explore Claudio feelings towards Death

    Throughout the whole play, ambiguity is frequently present and the ambiguous feelings about death are the main highlight and focus of this. Not only does it explore the different viewpoints of death but it also acts as a strong dramatic device to provide excitement and emphasis in the play. Setting was used as a dramatic device and evoked feelings of secrecy and instability within the audience. Language as a dramatic device provided a deeper insight into the feelings about death not just with the characters in the play but also with the audience.

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  5. Analyse how far Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca challenge the expectations of the male characters in the play and those of the audience

    Even though Cassio is spends a great deal in how he presents himself to the women in the play he does not know when to stop nor does he notice when he hits a nerve of one of the other male characters in the play. There is an exemplification of this, where Cassio kisses Emilia infront of Iago in which Iago retaliates by saying snide things about Emilia. This brings us to Iago, who is the opposite of Cassio, when presenting himself to the female characters of the play he is vulgar towards them and only see them as lust seeking creatures.

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  6. how iago convinces othello of desdemona's infidelity

    However it is Othello's reaction that is interesting, at this point he is very confident and does not take much notice of Iago's trickery, he replies to Iago's lying with 'Let him (Brabantio) do this in spite, my services... shall out-tongue his complaints.' This is a very powerful and sharp answer to Iago which shows that at the beginning of the play their relationship is not that friendly. Othello's relationship with his lieutenant Cassio, in this same scene, seems much more friendly 'My lieutenant, the goodness of the night upon you, friends.'

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  7. Jeremy Kyle Othello Script

    He even accompanied you when you first started seeing Desdemona? Othello: He did form first to last. Why dost thou ask? J.K: Oh, just the fact that if he was with you when you were "wooing" her, that means he now knows her pretty well then? Othello: O yes, and went between us very oft. J.K: Oh really...? Othello: Dicern'st thou aught in that? Is he not honest? J.K: Well... no of course he's honest. If you trust him, he MUST be honest. Othello: By heaven he echoes me, as if there were some monster in his thought too hideous to be shown. J.K: Oh no, no, no.

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  8. Othello Dramatic Impact Essay

    In the Poetics, Greek philosopher Aristotle says, that the tragic hero is "... a [great] man who is neither a paragon of virtue and justice nor undergoes the change to misfortune through any real badness or wickedness but because of some mistake." In this scene, we learn not only of Othello's 'mistake' or 'flaw', but also see through the actions of the other characters, how the plot will unfold and the inevitable tragedy will happen. The opening stage direction tells us that the scene is set in "The Duke's council chamber... set at a table with lights".

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  9. Othello: 'Shakespeare has presented the three female characters as merely stereotypes.' How far do you agree?

    She says, "I pray talk me of Cassio." (Act 3, scene 4, 85) Desdemona is considered to fit her stereotype very well. This is because she hardly ever does anything which would be unholy and never thinks an evil thought throughout the play. "That there would be women do abuse their husbands /In such gross kind?" (Act 4, scene 3, 59-60) When talking to Emelia in Act 4, scene 3, Desdemona's innocence is shown. The quotation shows that adultery seems very wrong to her and she does not even believe that women could do such a thing.

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  10. To what extent do you consider the character Othello to be responsible for his own downfall?

    Shakespeare wrote Othello with renaissance view. Around this time people had just started to believe in free will rather than the Greek view where everything was controlled by Gods. Thus to Shakespeare, Harmatia, a Greek idea of tragic flaw, is changed from human ignorance to a character defect in the hero himself. Hence the terrible consequences are not the result of angry gods playing tricks on humans, instead they are the result of character defects which lead to sinful behavior and subsequent downfall.

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  11. Othello and Iago are Murderers

    He perceived Othello as strong, hansom and intelligent to show people that black people were not an inferior race. If this was Shakespeare's aim then he succeeded as today the white and black race work in harmony in their everyday lives. At the very beginning of Act 5 scene 2 in Othello Shakespeare invokes pity and sympathy for Othello in his audience by showing that Othello really cares and loves for Desdemona and killing her is actually hurting him and against his own will.

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  12. Othello. There is some dispute about who is actually capable for Desdemonas loss

    Iago might possibly have some psychological problems, possible because of the statement that Othello's committed adultery with his wife Emelia, and this could have upset him for life. He could also be jealous to see that Othello is able to get the beautiful women in town and that he is in 'top of the chain' and seem to get everything he wants. Iago made sure that he takes his revenge on Othello and takeaway the most important this to Othello, His wife, Desdemona.

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  13. Directing a Othello- Symbolism of Final Scene

    Othello has to realize what he has done this reinforces the definition; I will explain a few points. Othello is without a doubt the flawed hero; Othello was the General of the Venetian army. By the end of the play, Othello goes from being the most important General to being a common murderer because of his ignorance. This exactly fits Aristotle's definition. The audience has to feel hate and resentment towards Iago. Iago reduced a distinguished man who was successful and in love to something inhuman.

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  14. othello. DISCUSS THE DRAMATIC IMPACT OF ACT 1 SCENE 3 AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO THE PLAY AS A WHOLE

    The Duke and the Senators receive contradictory reports. The destination of the ships approaching has also not been confirmed. A sailor then enters an says: "The Turkish preparation makes for Rhodes" However the Duke knows that the Turkish are trying to create a diversion in order to draw the attention away from Cyprus and says: "Nay, in all confidence he's not for Rhodes" He also notifies the senators that it is a trick the Turkish are trying to play so that their attack would be a surprise.

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  15. When Othello gets the letter from Lodovico and he reads it, I think Lodovico assumes that Othello is distracted because of the contents of the letter because he has to return back to Venice, when actually it is about Cassio and Desdemona

    When Othello gets the letter from Lodovico and he reads it, I think Lodovico assumes that Othello is distracted because of the contents of the letter because he has to return back to Venice, when actually it is about Cassio and Desdemona who are about to betray Othello. When we see Othello getting angry and he yells at Desdemona, by saying "Fire and brimstone!" We the audience show no respect for Othello because how he treats her and we feel sympathetic for Desdemona for being innocent and truthful.

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  16. Othello Essay

    Iago, in some ways, is a 'typical villain'. He is vulgar, racist, evil, jealous of others and very clever. Almost throughout the whole play, Iago has the description 'honest Iago' and a lot of the other characters call him this. Iago must have been trustworthy and faithful in the past to gain this much respect. So as everyone trusted Iago, it was quite easy for him to manipulate people and corrupt their lives. In Act 1 Scene 1, we can see some of Iago's villainous traits straight away.

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  17. Othello Essay

    "Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them". (I.ii.59). At this point Shakespeare appeals to Othello at the height of his power. He illuminates his positive character traits portrayed in his eloquence, his moral strength, and kind disposition. He is the embodiment of an idealized male figure, and outward projection of confidence and high self-esteem. However, Othello's premises are put to the test when forced to play the part of judge in distinguishing perpetrator, from victim in the "brawl" scene between Cassio, Othello's long serving lieutenant, and Montana.

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  18. Othellos tragic flaw is his jealousy. His feelings of inadequacy are felt sharply though his colour and the fact that he does not actually belong in Venice.

    He clearly loves Desdemona very much at the beginning of the play and he speaks of her with much affection. He even takes her to Cyprus with him, rather than leaving her at home. She loves him, and is plain about her commitment to him: "But here's my husband, And so much duty as my

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  19. What does Iago's use of language in his soliloquies reveal about his true character?

    The Shakespearean play of Othello was written as a drama or literary tradition in which the main character or protagonist is brought to ruin or suffers from an extreme sorrow, in this instance Othello. The tragedy in literary tradition normally revolves around a consequence or Achilles heel in which the character is exploited through a tragic flaw or inability to cope with unfavourable circumstances. These literary traditions are common among the play "Othello" and is seen throughout the novel through several characters including Othello, Cassio, Roderigo and Iago.

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  20. Othello Essay

    Iago also uses childlike language like Desdemona; however, this does nothing to endear him to Othello. Othello gets annoyed at Iago constantly repeating him with words like "honest" and "think". When Othello realises this he starts to get angry "By Heaven, thou echo'st me". This shows us that Othello has turned against the childish language and doesn't still completely trust Desdemona and has begun to feel that she isn't as sweet and innocent as she appears. This is effective as Iago is using the same language style as Desdemona but using it when implying that she is cheating on Othello.

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  21. Othello: Is Racism the most important factor ?

    In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his dislike, to a certain extent hatred, for Othello for his having chosen Cassio for the lieutenancy, he arranges a plan to partly take revenge "I follow him to serve my turn upon him" With Roderigo's assistance, by alerting Desdemona's father, Brabantio, to the fact of his daughter's elopement with Othello. Roderigo shares Iago's narrow-minded attitude toward Othello "What a full fortune does the thicklips owe" / "If he can carry't thus!"

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  22. Othello Lecture Transcript

    We must first notice that Iago is an evolving character. In the soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 3, Iago has a hatred for the Moor, but his priority is to take Cassio's position from him, seen in the line "To get his place and to plume up my will". Yet, first Iago must motivate himself by pumping himself with anger with the line "twixt my sheets he's done my office". By fuelling himself with anger over the rumour of Othello sleeping with his wife, he is able to give himself, and the audience, a reason to undermine the other characters of 'Othello'.

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  23. How Does Iago Successfully Manipulate Othello in Shakespeare

    The two men then focus on Roderigo's problem, his undivided love for Desdemona. Roderigo was in fact a former suitor for Desdemona yet his love for her was denied by Desdemona and her father. The devious Othello decides to jeopardise the secret marriage between Desdemona and Othello by persuading Roderigo to inform Desdemona's father, Senator Barbanito that Othello and Desdemona are sleeping together. The reason this is controversial is because Othello is a moor of Turkish origin and in society of this time it was very uncommon and quite a taboo to marry outside of your race.

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  24. "Iago's soliloquy at the end of Act 1; what does his language tell us about his character and motivation? How does it compare with his language in the rest of the act"?

    But for [his] sport and profit". He's claiming that Roderigo is so beneath him that it is only for the money ("profit") and the game he plays with the characters ("sport") that he'd ever bother wasting his time with such an idiot. This seems to be revealing of Iago's attitude toward social classes. Just because another character is richer or has higher social standing this does not mean that he has any extra respect for them. Taking into account that England in the Elizabethan era worked with strict social classes I think that Shakespeare uses Iago's lack of respect for the system as another way of demonising him.

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  25. Essay on Othello

    He also manipulates the other characters by using strong and powerful phases and comments. He tells Roderigo to call Brabantio and 'poison his delight' meaning destroy the one thing he really loves. He tries to control the other characters with sexual and dark imagery. He tells Brabantio that 'your daughter and the moor are now making the beast with two backs' This is a sexual image which is showing that Othello and Desdemona are both having sex. In the third scene of Act One Iago uses a soliloquy. He states to the audience that he will uses 'double knavery' against Othello, which means that he will hurt two people with a double sided plot.

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