Othello is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare around the time 1603. The story tells about powerful general in the Venetian Army. Othello is a black man from North Africa, who travels the world, been sold into slavery, escaped, and ended up as the military commander of the Venetian military a powerful Italian city-state. This play has many major themes to it. The three main themes in my opinion are race, jealousy, and hate. Race was a huge theme in this poem, Othello is considered one of the first black heroes in English literature. As a military general, he has risen to position of influence and power. At the same time, however, but his status as dark-skinned foreigner in Venice marks him as an outsider and exposes him to some pretty extreme racism. Especially by his father in law, who believes his daughter's interracial marriage can only be only the result of Othello's trickery. Because the play portrays fears of miscegenation. It's basically impossible to talk about race in Othello without also discussing gender and sexuality. Jealousy is the 2nd major theme in the story. Othello is considered the most famous literary work that focuses on the dangers of jealousy. The play studies on how jealousy can be fueled by little evidence and destroy lives. Othello, the hero succumbs to jealousy when Iago tells him his wife has been unfaithful. As a result of this Othello kills his wife and then kills himself. It is interesting because Iago uses jealousy against Othello, yet jealousy is most likely the source of Iago's hatred in the first place. In Othello, jealousy takes many forms, from professional competition to sexual suspicion, but it is, in all cases, destructive. Hate is another important theme. Hatred usually has a cause, some concrete event that causes lasting rage. However, in Othello, the play's villain is fueled by a hatred that seems to elude any reasonable definition. Iago's determination and hatred to destroy his boss, Othello, seems out of proportion with the reasons he gives for it. Reasons being Othello wouldn't promote him or jealousy Othello might have slept with his wife. Iago's loathing has been famously referred to as “motiveless malignancy” that redefines my understanding of hatred. Redefines it in a way as making it seem a…
Shakespeare is a revolutionary in his literary works in how he amplifies the human flaws to his audience. In the play write Othello, he focuses on the nature of jealousy. A.C. Bradley author of The Noble Othello, provides scholarly support to the effects jealousy has on transforming love into hate in the play write. Jealousy is a flaw that exists in everyone and is triggered through the fear of losing someone or something of value, this is clearly seen through the aftermaths of Desdemona and…
the weakness of the brave
Othello is famous art of work that focuses on the dangers of jealousy. The play is a study of how jealousy can be fueled by mere circumstantial evidence and can destroy lives and change people’s integrity. In Othello, the hero succumbs to jealousy when Iago convinces him that Desdemona has been an unfaithful wife and in the end Othello murders his wife and then kills himself. It is interesting that Iago uses jealousy against Othello, yet jealousy is likely the source…
10.2.5: Getting to Know Shakespeare’s Play “Othello”
Directions: Use the website, http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/othello/facts.html, to fill out the chart below.
1. What is the formal title of “Othello”?
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
2. What is the genre of “Othello”?
3. When and where was “Othello” written?
Between 1601 and 1604, England.
4. When was “Othello” first published?
5. What is the tone of any story, play, etc.?
(Look up the…
AP Literature and Composition
Essay IV: Othello
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Othello is a tragic hero who falls through free moral choice when he is honestly deceived by Iago, a man who is outwardly good and inwardly bad. Othello is convinced to see marriage and women from Iago point of view, and Othello’s background and true love for Desdemona work against him, bringing his downfall.
Othello is first introduced in the novel using specific diction. He is called “the moor” and “the…
play Othello and the movie "O" are similar in many ways. "O" is basically based on Othello.The play "Othello" was about a noble Moor, Othello that was in love with a woman named Desdemona. In the Movie "O" the characters name is Odin and that are similar in many ways. Odin is a superstar basketball player that is best friends with Hugo. They play on the same basketball team and Odin is the only black student at his school. In the play "Othello" he is the only black person around that is noble.
relevant language and dramatic techniques.
Shakespeare’s 'Othello' successfully explores the human nature aspect of love and of
deception, through a contrast of a person’s outward and inward self. There is a
difference between the Othello portrayed by Shakespeare (i.e. Shakespeare’s Othello)
and the Othello portrayed by himself (i.e. Othello’s Othello). In a critical essay, Brain
McFarlane explores these differences. A.C. Bradley viewed Othello as “not easily jealous
and indeed one to which jealousy…
about the downfall of the other characters.
Second, Iago capitalizes on Cassio’s trusting nature by pretending to be his friend while secretly misleading him. Iago pressures Cassio into drinking a lot, causing a quarrel. As a result of the fight, Othello demotes Cassio from his high-ranking position as lieutenant. Cassio’s reputation is of utmost importance to him, and having just been demoted exposes him to Iago’s schemes. Despite Iago being behind Cassio’s drunken confrontation, he backstabs him…
Q: Does Desdemona bear any of the responsibility for the tragedy? Why or why not?
Desdemona bears some of the responsibility for the tragedy in Shakespeare’s Othello. To understand and give the analysis of this topic, let’s try to back up to the end of the play and consider of understanding the tragedy at the deepest level.
As we know, Desdemona is dead in the bed at the end of play, and the most shocking thing is that Desdemona got killed by Othello as a result of…
Othello: My beautiful warrior.
Desdemona: My dear Othello!
Othello: I’m amazed you got here before me. But I’m overjoyed my love, if the calm after the storm could always be this wonderful, I’d want the wind to blow until it woke the dead and whipped up waves as tall as mountains! If I died right now I’d be completely happy, since Ill probably never be as happy as this again in my life.
Desdemona: I pray to God our love and our happiness will increase as we get older.
Othello: Amen to that…
To what extent can Othello be considered a ‘tragic hero’?
The extent of which Othello is a tragic hero has been open to much debate; the basis on which he is judged falls to Aristotle’s established view of the crucial elements that distinguish whether a person is truly tragic. According to Aristotle, a tragic protagonist is a nobleman or person from high status, who contributes to his own demise and illustrates a flaw or weakness in judgment. The tragic protagonist must make a fall from a high…