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Is Othello a believable play? Explain your point of view fully.

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Is Othello a believable play? Explain your point of view fully. A play I have been studying recently in school is Othello, by William Shakespeare. The play has many different points in the story. But is the play believable? Othello, who the play is named after, is slowly being manipulated and driven to insanity by Iago, who he believes to be his close friend: - "After some time, to abuse Othello's ear That he is too familiar with his wife;......... I have't. It is engendered. Hell and night Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light." I .iii - ll.381 - 398 In my opinion Othello wouldn't of gone this mad over what he was being told, normal people in an everyday situation would ask there wife or another person what they thought. ...read more.

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he did not believe she could do something like that, so this means that he really did love her and was overly distraught. Iago Manipulates Othello by telling him story's about Desdemona and Cassio, this is because he wants revenge on Othello so he is trying to break him down. But I do believe that Iago's lying is believable, this is because Iago is very subtle about telling Othello his made up stories. "In faith, I fear it has. I hope you will consider what you spoke......... To grosser issues, nor to larger reach Than to suspicion." III .iii - ll.215 - 220 Iago's subtleness is his way of carrying out his plan, He gives Othello Ideas about what he might thing is happening, but he never tells him something is happening. Iago uses and betrays Othello's trust, and lies to him for his own personal game, and this is why I believe that Iago is believable in his actions and words. ...read more.

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Another point about Iago is that he does many things that are quite obvious in some respects, but I do not believe that he would go that long without getting caught, nobody knew about the scam he was getting up to and several lives were taken before they realised what was going on. "Behold, I have a weapon: A better never did itself sustain......... Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire! O Desdemona! Dead Desdemona! Dead! O! O!" V .ii - ll.257 - 279 People normally would catch on that there was someone doing this, so this is why I think this play us not believable. In conclusion I believe this play is not believable on the whole. There are to many major points in the play that are to unrealistic. Although the play was written for an audience and it would of have to of been more unrealistic to keep the audience watching. This is the same now with soap operas. English Coursework - Othello By Greg Mickle ...read more.

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