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How does Othello change?

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Introduction

How does Othello change? The play 'Othello' is all about passionate change. Othello, a highly respected and an influential Moorish commander in the Vetenian army, he's a loving and devoted husband. Sadly Othello is persuaded by Iago who plots to destroy him. Othello is told that his wife Desdemona is committing adultery with his friend Cassio. Othello is convinced of by the trick which Iago engineers. Othello's lack of trust is used by Iago to visualise the image in his language and inflame his insane jealousy to the point where he murders Desdemona. On discovering her innocence he learns of his terrible mistake and kills himself. There are 3 principle characters, Othello as the significant black character, Iago the stimulant of jealousy who plots on Othello to destroy him and Othello's wife Desdemona. Intermediate characters are Othello's former Lieutenant and Roderigo who loves Desdemona and helps Iago. Minor characters are Iago's wife Emilia, Bianca a housewife and Brabantio father to Desdemona. Othello was written about 1604 by William Shakespeare. At the beginning of Act three, scene three Othello is at first a man of calm, a dutiful and loving husband and very brave, manly and highly respected. ...read more.

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Audience know this because he says "As where's that palace, where into foul things sometimes intrude not? This tells me Iago speaks of how the purest soul may suffer of foul things at times. This echoes what is happening in this scene, where Iago poisons foul thoughts into Othello's mind. Also in this scene Iago skilfully tries to draw Othello's attention making him more curious. At the beginning of the scene Iago uses special techniques to get Othello interested. Iago advises Othello to beware of being jealous, thereby cleverly planting the idea of being jealous in his mind. We know Iago is two faced and green-eyed however on the other hand Othello doesn't have a clue if he's trustworthy or not. Iago cleverly uses friendship as a cover up to explain what he is saying about Desdemona. When Othello is drawn in Iago is then sarcastic thereupon uses strong vocabulary and language to generate anger in Othello. Othello gets jealous by Iago's repetition and starts visualising images from Iago's persuasive language. We then see Iago in control. Iago points out how Desdemona has already deceived her father in marrying him. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think I can understand Othello's reaction and his anger because Iago appears as an honest and trustworthy person that leaves Othello mentally confused. Anyone in the world would be confused if they're tricked and persuaded by cunning and raging people. We know in reality Iago is as hard as nails, he's ruthless and boiling with revenge. Othello's experience to the world is largely military, he finds himself unable to deal with issues which exist outside the military sphere. Conclusion Summing up paragraph one and two - I think Othello changes in a sophisticated way and is also sympathetically drawn. Shakespeare shows this change in a great way as Othello seems to react to things in different ways and is certainly losing his role. He has been trapped at one stage and at other has been destroyed. I was well convinced by the change of Othello and how Shakespeare created a believable character because it was represented in a realistic way to persuade audience like me. When Othello senses the wronged honoured behaviour by Iago he then realises his mistake. I certainly appreciate the sincerity of Othello, which allowed him to accept full responsibility for what he has done and then to take deliberately take his own life in self-punishment. Naveed Abbas 10A Eng. ...read more.

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