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Miss Huq English Blu Reynolds 10 WFG 'Othello' the play was first printed in 1622 and written by William Shakespeare. The story is based upon a black general, who is handsome and valiant, and highly esteemed by the signoria of the republic for his skill in war. When this play was written, black people were seen and thought of as being sub-human, and as a result of this, they were treated extremely badly and were forced into the slave trade. While in Venice Othello falls in love with the general's daughter, Desdemona. There they get married without the knowledge or authority of her father Brabantio. Throughout this tale we see this couple's relationship transform from one of merriment to a corrupted exchange of arguments and lies. In the opening of Act I scene i Othello is not instantly seen, and the focus is placed on Iago and Roderigo. This technique is known as foregrounding, and is often used in many of Shakespeare's plays; it lets the audience watching, make a preconceived perception about a character not introduced yet. In this instance Shakespeare is not only foregrounding Othello's later appearance, but also setting the scene for events that are to later occur suggesting something sinister is afoot. From the outset dramatic irony shows the audience that Roderigo has been paying Iago to help him court Desdemona. "Never tell me, I take it much unkindly that thou (Iago) ...read more.


These roles play into the belief that there are two divisions to the human mind, the id and the conscious state of mind also known as the ego. Later on in the scene Roderigo and Iago call on Brabantio from the streets below his window. When performed on stage, only Roderigo can be seen, as Iago hides from view, giving the appearance that Iago is innocent in all that is going on. If Iago had been seen at this point, it could have resulted in the possible break up of his plan. When Iago (who remains hidden) is exchanging words with Brabantio, he unable to refer to sex without conjuring up the image of an animal. For example, when Iago refers to the consummation of Othello and Desdemona's marriage as: "An old black ram is tupping your white ewe." When saying this, he is referring to sex in its lowest terms. Making the actions which Desdemona and Othello perform together bestial and debauched. It is quite clear from this that Iago has unresolved issues with women and has a very profound inferiority complex; this may be due to past relationships that may have affected his social and emotional development, thus affecting the way in which he thinks and sees himself in comparison to others. At the start of Act V scene ii, an immediate contrast is thrust upon the audience. ...read more.


When Iago was confronted, his attitude towards people in the play changed. Instead of taking the well-spoken, rhetoric use approach he transformed his nature to be very aggressive and open to the point where he spoke no more. This imposes an immediate contrast to the rest of the play, finally showing that 'evil' cannot win. If this play were seen acted, it would be imagined that you could see the difference in Iago's body language as this scene progressed. From one of being very open yet sneaky to one where he slouches with arms are crossed, to give the impression that he is not going to speak another word. Othello stabbing himself showed that he regretted killing Desdemona. The play of Othello is based upon deceit and jealousy, often bringing into play many other key concepts, such as contrasts and irony, and although written in 1622 many of the issues raised, remain relevant to modern day society; racial discrimination, jealousy and adultery are all key themes addressed in the play of Othello. The outcome of the play is affected by one main character, Iago. Iago's racism manifests itself from his jealousy and hatred of Othello; he despises him because of his prominent status. Iago is a sinister, deceitful and manipulative character who betrays his supposed friend through the use of persuasive language, and devious behaviour. By the end of the play Iago had Othello drinking from his hand. Turning jealousy into trust, trust into deceit and deceit to death. ...read more.

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