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How is Othellos and Desdemonas relationship portrayed in Act 2, scene 1 from line 171- 205

Act 2, Scene 1 starts off with a harsh storm indicating a symbol of unrest and of discord to come. It has destroyed the Turkish fleet and separated the Venetian ships. Cassio’s ship arrives in Cyprus first, then Iago and Desdemona join him. They wait for Othello. Finally, his ship arrives and Desdemona is very…

A hero of tragedy must evoke the audiences with a sense of pity and fear

Othello fulfils the criteria of a domestic tragedy as it focus on the marital relationship between Othello and his wife, Desdemona. Shakespeare follows patterns of Aristotle’s theory of tragedy which enables him to elicit “pity” and “fear”. For example the tragic hero is a man of noble rank, he reaches pinnacle of happiness and worldly…

Othello

The audience, having been introduced to Othello by Iago’s ‘motiveless malignity,’1 expects this man to be professionally ‘bombast’ and animalistic. In fact Othello is not named until the third scene, thus dramatising his blackness and bestiality. However this preconception of Othello is immediately undone when he successfully calms the angry Brabantio and satisfies the suspicious…

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Is Iago the real hero in Shakespeares Othello

Contrary to the mainstream belief of Othello being the tragic hero, I think Iago is the real hero in Shakespeare’s Othello the moor of Venice. A traditional hero defined as a “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. ” This definition however does not apply to Iago,…

How does Othello’s character change over the course of the play

Othello changes the most drastically, from being an affectionate and respectful General, modifying into a violent, ruthless man. A. C Bradley quite rightly quotes “If such a passion as jealousy seizes him, it will swell into a well-night incontrollable flood”. This dormant emotion would inevitably be released in a fury of furious rage once Iago…

To what extent is Othello a Hegelian tragedy

A Hegelian tragedy must have; a society in conflict and a series of opposing social forces that ultimately destroy themselves. It is argued that a Hegelian tragedy is not about the individual characters but rather what they represent. The beginning of the play Othello is set in Venice and the Venetian society is definitely portrayed…

Examine the ways in which Shakespeare presents the changed character of Othello

To be capable to note a change in the character of Othello we must look at his initial behaviour and how Shakespeare presents his personality. A Shakespearean tragedy consists of a ‘hero’s’ life and their downfall, which will ultimately lead to their death. For a character to become a hero he must be respected and…

The Presentation of Women in Othello

Shakespeare’s portrayal of Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca in Othello comes, generally, in two forms which reflect the prevailing opinion of women in Elizabethan times as mysterious and angelic or, whores, determined to cuckold their husbands. When Othello was written a patriarchal society was the norm. Women had clearly defined roles, as housewives and mothers; they…

What kinds of power are explored in Othello

Whilst there are many types of power one can hold in society, these all vary in influence. Such is the case in Othello for the most part, since we see examples of authorial, military, sexual and oratory power to different degrees. However, although many of us would consider the former to be the most important…

Othello

In Othello, Shakespeare portrays the effect of power on many of the characters. In the play Iago is seen to be the dominant character that uses his power to manipulate fellow characters by his effective use of language and actions. In the play officially Othello has more power than Iago due to the rankings of…

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