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Shakespeare - Is Othellos Tragedy inevitable?

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Shakespeare coursework Is Othellos Tragedy inevitable? Othello: "Ay, let her rot and perish and be damned/ tonight, for she shall not live. No, my heart is turned to stone. I strike it, and it hurts my hand. O, /the world hath not a sweeter creature! She might lie by an emperor's side and command him tasks." (IV, i, 22-204) Throughout the play 'Othello', four characters are murdered. The character Iago, who manipulated certain characters into wanting to kill the four characters, Desdemona, Emilia, Othello, and Roderigo, caused these deaths. Iago originally did this out of jealousy of Othello and Roderigo. The deaths of these four characters were inevitable. There was justice in this play for all of the characters who were involved in the killing of the four characters. The passage written above is an example of how Iago manipulated one of the characters into killing another. In the passage written above, Othello is talking to Iago about his feelings for Desdemona after Iago has lied to him by telling him that she has slept with Cassio. ...read more.

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According to this passage, Shakespeare's idea of justice is very severe. When the characters talk about their plans for revenge, they are mostly talking in a negative tone and usually mention death or hate. Othello admits that it would be hard to kill such a sweet, innocent creature, but then says that he no longer cares about her and that he is convinced that justice must be served. In Shakespeare's mind, justice is served when a person is punished for what they have done to another person, and they can no longer do harm to anyone else. Shakespeare believes that justice is always served by means of death or torture. In order for justice to exist, a person must have done something wrong to hurt another person. In this case, Desdemona supposedly slept with Cassio while she was married to Othello. Othello then convinced himself that she should be punished because of what she had supposedly done. ...read more.

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Iago made the deaths of these four characters inevitable by making each character that killed them believe that justice needed to be served and that the only way to do so was to kill. The characters who killed these four characters did not kill because of what they had witnessed first hand or knew for a fact but because they were influenced by Iago. Even if any of them decided not to kill these people, Iago would have found another way to convince them to do so. Iago said certain things to the characters that made them want to kill these people and not want to change their minds. Iago also had the reputation of being a noble and trustworthy man so they all trusted him. He planned out each person's death and made sure not a single enemy lived. He did so by spreading rumours about each person. The rumours then got around and were soon facts that could be supported, such as the handkerchief in Emilia's possession, which made each character believe that the person they were about to kill deserve it, and therefore made the deaths inevitable. Robert Birch candidate no. 8013 ...read more.

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