Othello Title Analysis

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The play “Othello” is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, considering that tragedies were his most appealing attribute as a playwright (although many enjoyed his other work). This tale of a Moor who “loved too deeply” is one that shows how Othello’s promising love transforms into calamity by the seed of jealousy that was corruptly planted by the cruel, villainous Iago. The original name given is “The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice” but it is modernly referred to as simply “Othello”. The meaning of this title is merely that the entire tragedy is centered on one man and those he affects. The misfortune affects more than just Othello, but it is because of Othello and those who hate him, that catastrophe transpires.
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A tragedy is a play dealing with tragic events and concluding with a discontented ending, usually including the downfall of the protagonist; in this case, Othello. He begins as the “noble moor” and ends killing the woman he loves and soon after, himself. He destroys the grand life he had and drags others down along with him. A drama is a story involving conflict or contrast of character. “Othello” contains a great deal of conflict. In the start of the play, Brabantio is upset about Othello and Desdemona’s love while Iago covets Cassio’s place of office. The central conflict is that Othello is deceived into believing that Desdemona is committing adultery with Cassio. Othello shows contrast of character because he changes dramatically from the beginning of the play to the …show more content…
She represents purity and innocence while radiating passionate love for the Moor. Her view of love is optimistic despite Emilia’s negative views. Desdemona is deeply caring for others, but is eventually killed although she is more than blameless.
Iago is the devious and manipulative antagonist who lays the foundation for the tragic events in the play. Although the focus of jealousy is primarily centered on Othello, Iago was the first to act on jealousy. It is because of Iago’s jealousy of Cassio that this domino effect occurs. Iago is deceitful and cold-hearted, even towards his wife Emilia. However, his outcome is worse than death, it is torture.
Cassio is the handsome, responsible young man who holds the coveted position of lieutenant. He is naïve and good-hearted, but is accused of adultery with Desdemona after falsely being blamed for having Desdemona’s handkerchief in his possession. He lives, but only to see the misfortune that has

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