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Othello, like all of Shakespeare's plays, is complex and subtly nuanced.

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English Othello Othello, like all of Shakespeare's plays, is complex and subtly nuanced. Through its complexities and subtleties, Shakespeare makes us care about the characters and people in this story by using the power of language. We understand their weaknesses and their strengths, their passions and their nobility. In our engagement in their lives and our pondering over what has gone wrong and why, we are given the opportunity to analyse human life both in the abstract and in the particular of our own lives. Othello has particular gifts to offer to teenagers. It is a play about passion and reason. Intense feelings are exhibited here: love, hate, jealousy, envy, even lust. Teenagers struggling with their own passions can empathize with both Rodrigo's and Othello's plight. It is also a play that examines, as do Shakespeare's other works, human relationships and interactions. A prime example of the way Shakespeare shapes his words around the audience through the character can be seen in Othello, by Othello. For all that Othello is set in a "masculine", military world it is the language which dominates the play rather than actions. Language defines character, revealing Othello as the eloquent outsider who descends into madness through the breakdown of his language and Iago as Janus. Moreover it reveals that appearance isn't always the same as reality... The eloquence of the play is characterised by Othello's language. His eloquence in the opening Act contrasts sharply with the short sentences of the other characters. He claims that "Rude am I in my speech/And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace" but this is recognised by the audience to be modesty. ...read more.


His conversation with Emilia after the murder is characterised by the repetition of the word "husband" as realisation begins to dawn on Othello. His final speech, which is effectively his epitaph, shows a return to his "music" of the opening Act. It contains a list of similes to describe his condition, in which we encounter the "base Indian" and the "Arabian trees". This again shows how his language is coloured by his origins. After the first-person opening however Othello stands back from himself and speaks in the third person of "one" who has done all these things. His judgement on himself is "Of one that loved not wisely, but too well", which may suggest that even at this point our tragic hero is deceiving himself. It also has to be noted that Othello is conscious that this is his epitaph and it is therefore worded accordingly. Othello is a highly introspective character who creates images of beauty and elegance in a way which none of the other characters do and yet, his final speech gives a clue to the problem of such a style of language. It is not only his language which is coloured by his dramatisation but his life as well and this undoubtedly leaves him open to having his poetic talents used for negative effect on both his life and language. Trapped Inside a Metaphor Trapped inside a Metaphor by Salman Rushie conveys the way in which simple language techniques help the author persuade and convince the audience into making the situation seem more realistic and life like. ...read more.


Right on Cue- Maggie Alderson Humour, quirky recalls of incidents and short bouncy sentences all make this article by Maggie Alderson an interesting read. It also provides you with information and facts whilst being funny, looking on certain aspects in a hairdressers work life. Maggie uses colloquial language in her piece of writing to hold the listeners attention and to make it seem more like an everyday conversation rather than a recall from someone. Humour is used in the very first sentence "My hair dresser Larry (name changed to protect his identity)" this is a play on seriousness. From the beginning of the article you can tell that it isn't looking at a serious issue, so you can tell that "identity protection" is just a joke. The use of alliteration "thrilling tittle-tattle," provides the reader with an entertaining look on the matter whilst creating images in the audiences mind. She uses quotes and recalls from what really happened. This is a powerful language technique as it allows the reader to find the story much more believable. The short sentences maintain the reader's interest and make the article seem much more detailed. All these powerful techniques are used very effectively and help Maggie's article be funny and entertaining, which is the purpose of the read. My understanding of the way the power of language has been shaped by various authors can be seen by looking at all five of these texts. Each texts purpose is different and uses a different style of language to achieve the desired response from the audience. When writing for myself I also have to think the style writing I am using and then asses whether or not this type of language is the most suitable for the purpose. Danielle Kirchen. ...read more.

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