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What do you learn about Othello’s changing character and personality through an analysis of language style and structure?

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Othello What do you learn about Othello's changing character and personality through an analysis of language style and structure? During the play Othello is often referred to as the 'moor'. Due to the fact that he is black he is considered as an outsider. He is influenced by his surroundings and this reflects in his personality and language. At the beginning his speeches are eloquent but this deteriotes in Act 3 and 4. However by the end of the play his language reappears.In this essay I will analyze Othello's language and see how it changes. In Act 1 Othello's personality mirrors the attributes of Venice. Othello is confident, self-assured, calm important, noble and honorable. You could even say he is egotistical. 'My part, my title and my perfect soul, shall manifest me rightly' In this quote Othello visualizes himself as a noble, an honorable, honest and perfect person. Even though people might find him like that, you can say he is egotistical. The Duke of Venice calls for Othello for two reasons. One of the reasons was that Othello was a general and he was needed to fight the Turks, the other being the fact that Brabantio accused Othello for using witch craft to seduce his daughter Desdemona. ...read more.


You can also see reputation means everything to him. You can tell he is an idealist, he wants everything at the level of perfection almost like himself and he does not like flaws in people's reputations. However him being corrupted means he is not as perfect as he would like to think. 'Her name that was as fresh as Dian's visage is now Begrimed and black.' This basically means that her reputation that was completely pure is now dirty and black due to this accusation. He no longer calls her 'O, sweet' he calls her 'Fair devil', 'lewed minx' and 'whore', which tells you that he believes Iago over Desdemona, even though he said 'My life upon her faith' in Act 1 this means he does not know himself completely. Othello also has a soliloquy in this Act, this is the first time he has one this means he is confused and no longer speaks his mind as he did in the previous Acts. During this soliloquy Othello doubt his marriage regrets the fact that he is black and he also doubt in himself. 'Haply I am black', ' I am declined into the vale of years' and 'O curse of marriage'. You can tell he is no longer self-assured and confident as he once was. ...read more.


He is saying this so people remember him as a good person. Also so people remember him for not just killing Desdemona but for the good things he has done as well. Even now Othello is concerned with what people might think and say as he remarks 'Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate Nor set down aught in malice' We can see Othello still has pride and gives it number one priority. Before Othello dies he says his final words which uses lyrical poetry, ' I kiss thee ere I killed thee: no way but this, Killing my self, to die upon a kiss.' His words are symmetrical and have rhetorical technique. Once again we see that it is Desdemona that bring beauty in his language. Now that he has found out that Desdemona was innocent his beautiful language has returned to him. This shows Desdemona is the beauty in his language. We can learn a lot about Othello's changing character and personality through an analysis of his language. Othello tends to mirror the attributes of his surroundings. He is a completely different person in Venice than in Cyprus. We could almost say he does not know himself well. Othello is an egotistical and arrogant person and this can be seen through out the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 1 ...read more.

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