What philosophical viewpoint prevails at the end of the play? The evil emotions of jealousy, anger, envy & greed.
Iago’s cynical philosophy of life prevents him from feeling remorse for his actions. From his perspective, he simply exercises his will on others and cannot be held accountable if those others lack his innate distrust and suspicion.
Shakespeare, displays Othello as a misled character, making the readers feel sympathetic for him. Iago manipulates Othello to a great extent making him lose everything he ever had, including his own life. … He was misled to a stage where his actions made the reader think of Iago as a devil and Othello as a misled soul.
In I, i, we are introduced to Iago, whose voice and influence pervade the play. In fact, we first see Othello through Iago’s words. By the end of the play, Iago has no words. In V, ii, 356, he declares ‘From this time forth I never will speak word,’ and we do not hear from him again.
Othello’s opinion about unexposed Iago is that he is kind and honest man but it is ironical because in reality he is opposite.
Iago uses a lot of animal imagery to describe Othello. In Act 1 Scene 1, he calls him a ‘Barbary horse’ and an ‘old black ram’, using these images to make Desdemona’s father angry and telling him that Othello and Desdemona ‘are making the beast with two backs’. This continues in Iago’s soliloquies.
In Shakespeare’s play, Othello, the cynical story underlines the depth of jealousy and resentment through the use of many characters. The play is set in Venice and Cyprus during the sixteenth century and commences with the paranoiac character of Iago, betraying Othello thus making him victim of harsh lies and rumours.
Through the situational irony presented with Iago, the audience is able to look past Othello’s evil actions and sympathize with him because the audience knows that Iago is the cause of all evil. … If the audience had not known of Iago’s ill intentions, the audience would see Othello as much more evil for his murder.
Certainly, Desdemona is a sympathetic character, but I think Othello is just as sympathetic and he suffers even more during the course of the play.
Othello has also been viewed as a very sympathetic character. Othello is distinguished as sympathetic because he suspects his wife is having an affair with his best friend, his handkerchief was stolen by Emilia, and he committed suicide for killing one of the people most dear to him. Othello and Cassio are in the army.
Othello trusts Iago totally as Iago has a reputation in Venice for being very honest: “my ancient; / A man he is of honest and trust. … However, Iago despises Othello and makes it his personal mission to destroy him: “I follow him to serve my turn upon him.”
Cassio thinks Iago is a trusted friend who will look after him and make sure he does not get into trouble. Iago, however, deliberately uses this information against Cassio, getting him very drunk and setting him up to be involved in a fight.
Dramatic irony is when the audience knows more about what is happening in the story than the characters. A main example of dramatic irony from Othello is the plot to destroy Othello’s life. … Since there is no one else in the room at this time, only Iago and the audience know about the plan.
After Iago tells Desdemona that the perfect woman could only “suckle fools and chronicle small beer,” Desdemona responds by telling Cassio that Iago is a “profane and liberal counselor.” Overall, Desdemona views Iago as an offensive, sexist man who does not respect women and is very rude.
By introducing Iago’s seething hatred of Othello to Roderigo, Shakespeare immediately forms an antibiosis relationship—one where Iago benefits—between the two characters. Roderigo is willing and eagerly inclined to find an unbalanced camaraderie with Iago, as Iago manipulates him throughout the play.
Shakespeare’s classic play Othello is about a man who falsely accuses his wife of cheating on him, and believes this lie so strongly that he eventually takes her life. Some of the major themes in this play include racial prejudice, manipulation, and jealousy.
In Shakespeare’s play Othello, beast imagery is used throughout the entire play. Animal imagery helps show who the characters truly were. It also makes everything said a lot more dramatic. Vivid images are placed in the reader’s head, which makes the play a lot easier to understand.
Desdemona continues to eschew sex but sometimes gives in, as much from her own need as Lefty’s. She gets pregnant and gives birth to a daughter, Zoë, who had no birth defects. The house begins to feel crowded, so Sourmelina and Theodora move into the boarding house next door.
Iago’s multiple soliloquy reveals his devious nature and his ability to manipulate others. It also reveals his sad state and gives the audience a reason for his evil nature. This allows the audience to sympathize and even understand why he takes these actions.
Cassio describes to Montano Othello’s new wife, Desdemona, with respect and a little awe as “our great captain’s captain” (74). … He decides to focus on his courteous manners and attentions to Desdemona. ” . . . With as little web as this will I ensnare as great a fly as Cassio.
Act 1 Scene 1
The play opens as Iago is telling Roderigo that he hates Othello because Othello has promoted Cassio to be his lieutenant instead of him, even though Cassio ‘never set a squadron in the field’ and has much less experience. Iago tells Roderigo ‘I follow him to serve my turn upon him’.
Iago manipulates his audience’s sensibilities just as easily as he does Othello’s and in hindsight, many of his asides spoken aloud about how blind Othello is to what is happening can be seen as jabs at the audience as well.
Although there were many characters that were very weak and immoral in their own way, Shakespeare still made the audience feel sympathetic to those characters. In the story, Othello one of the main antagonists, Emilia, is a woman of practical intelligence and emotional resilience.
In a vain attempt to prevent his scheme from being revealed, Iago stabs and kills Emilia, and is then taken prisoner while Othello, lamenting the loss of his wife, kills himself next to her. Notably, Iago is left wounded but alive at the end of the play.
Shakespeare presents Iago as a collection of unsolvable puzzles. Each thing Iago says is cause for worry. He claims a reputation for honesty and plain speaking, yet he invents elaborate lies in order to exploit and manipulate other people. … In Iago, Shakespeare shows us a character who acts against his reputation.
Iago entirely discredits Othello’s love for Desdemona, saying “[i]t is merely a lust of the blood and a permission of the / will. Come, be a man” (1.3. 325-326). … Sneaking out with her tarnishes her reputation – everyone, even her father assumes the worst, so Iago chalks the relationship between the two to lust.
‘ In Act 2 Scene 3, he says to Cassio: Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving. You have lost no reputation at all unless you repute yourself such a loser.
By the end of the play, he has realized that Iago is responsible for Desdemona’s death, and he helps Othello understand Iago’s treachery. Cassio ends the play in a position of significant authority and responsibility: Ludovico commands that “Cassio rules in Cyprus” (5.2.) and entrusts him with punishing Iago.
How does Iago see Desdemona, and how does Cassio see Desdemona? Iago sees Desdemona simply as a tool to use for Othello’s destruction. … he too, would “love” to use her for Othello’s destruction. Cassio and Desdemona have been friends for some time.
He convinces him that Desdemona could never love him. How is the dropping of the handkerchief ironic? The handkerchief represents their love, and in dropping it, the love is gone. … – He may be trying to catch Desdemona in a lie.
act 3 scene 3: what line in this scene foreshadows the tragic ending of the play? what do you think it means will happen? “excellent wretch! perdition catch my soul but I do love thee! and when i love thee not, chaos is come again.”
how is roderigo killed
how does iago’s treachery finally work itself out?