Othello and O. Othello is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, set in Venice and portrays love, jealousy, and betrayal. O. is a modern day set movie at a prep school about a basketball team and follows the main storyline of Othello. The main characters of the book have similar names to the ones in the movie. In the book Othello, the main character Othello is a black man who is a leader in the army and is known for his skills in battle. Othello is discriminated for his skin color and his position in the army, especially by a man named Iago who is a associate of his. In act I scene III Iago says "I hate the Moor". Iago devises a plan in order to get revenge and embarrass Othello and take Cassio's job, he plans to convince Othello that his newlywed wife Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. Iago also lies to a man named Roderigo and says he will get Desdemona to love him as long as Roderigo pays him. Iago from the help of his wife Emilia, acquires a handkerchief that is Desdemona's which was given to her by Othello. Iago plants the handkerchief inside Cassio's house in order to make it seem like Desdemona and Cassio were sleeping together. Iago feeds Othello lies about Cassio and Desdemona such as saying how Desdemona lied to her father about marrying Othello and she is likely to do it again. When Othello accuses Desdemona of having an affair she has no clue what he is talking about and denies it, this only aggravates Othello more because he thinks she is lying to him. Othello decides that he would kill Desdemona if Iago would "kill" Cassio, Iago then convinces Roderigo his way to Desdemona is getting rid of Cassio. Roderigo misses his mark and Cassio wounds him instead. Roderigo then dies and Iago wounds Cassio and runs away, when Othello hears Cassio’s cry, he assumes that Iago has killed Cassio as he said he would. Othello begins to smother Desdemona when Emilia enters with the news that Roderigo is dead and Cassio is still alive. Emilia spots Desdemona and Desdemona then says that she tried to commit suicide…
Work Othello Author William Shakespeare Date of Publication 1604 Genre Tragedy/DramaCharacteristics of the Genre A tragedy is a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, usually one dealing with the downfall of the protagonist in this case, Othello. He goes from being the noble moor to killing the woman he loves and then himself. He destroys the great life he had and drags others down along with him. A drama is a story involving conflict or contrast of character. Othello contains…
“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on;” This line from Othello, a play written by William Shakespeare, helps to explain one of the major themes of the novel—jealousy. According to dictionary.com, jealousy is defined as, “mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims”. Jealousy is used within the play as the driving force behind various characters’ actions. It is also one…
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…
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…
In Shakespeare’s play “Othello”, the author tells the tragic story of Othello and Desdemona. Othello and Desdemona create controversy when people find out they are together since Othello is a Moor and Desdemona is white. A man named Iago takes the controversy as a chance to get revenge from Othello since he is chosen over another man to be his second in command. Throughout the play it is not very obvious to others Iago’s purpose of wanting to cause such evil to Othello and everyone around them…
beginning of Shakespeare’s Othello we are given evidences to the great warrior Othello has been in the past. These are given through the way he speaks and how others speak to him and of him. Unfortunately, these strengths as a general do not transfer over into his personal life. The entire play is an evidence of Othello’s weakness in marriage as a husband.
The power to use another person and manipulate them is a great skill which Iago possess, but without all of Othello ‘s weakness’, it would be…
Cassio was swearing
Iago then explains how Montano was seriously injured and the riot had
been stopped by Othello and his guards
Are we turned Turks? And to ourselves
do that which heaven hath forbid the Ottomites? For Christian shame, put by this barbarous
.Honest Iago, that looks dead with grieving, speak, who began this?
Othello insists Iago to speak the truth since Montano was badly injured
regretted his actions of drinking and causing a scene…
Albert Gerard describes the character of Othello as lacking in nobility and intellect of other Shakespearean tragic heroes. In Gerard’s view, Othello is presented as an “erring barbarian and credulous fool”. Paying particular attention to act III scene III, how do you respond to the presentation of Othello as a tragic hero.
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Aristotle - "A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall."
Othello is widely referred to as a ‘tragic hero’ - According to…
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…
‘Be a man’, how are ideas of masculinity presented in Othello.
Othello is set during the Elizabethan era, where men were considered to be the leaders and women their inferiors. Women were often regarded as the ‘weaker sex’. This patriarchal society and theme of male superiority is portrayed throughout the play. These themes are depicted through the relationships between the characters. Brabantio and Desdemona’s relationship shows how he believed the traditional Elizabethan view, that men were…