Perception And Symbolism Of Characters Essay

1999 Words May 12th, 2016 8 Pages
Perception and Symbolism Of Characters
Many times in life perception plays a vital role in how we view and treat people, and can lead to many problems, both within oneself and with others. Objects that are outside of our control and awareness can also change how we are viewed, with widely varying results. In the play Othello by Shakespeare, Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem “Richard Cory” and the war story “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, characters are perceived differently by others than they are in their own minds, and the symbolism tied to their surroundings can have a profound impact on how they are viewed, whether good or bad.
In Othello, the conflict is centered around the manipulation of a white and strawberry patterned handkerchief, which serves as a symbolic representation of Desdemona, wife of titular character Othello, and the relationship between the two of them. Throughout the early parts of the play, Desdemona is seen by the reader and the other characters as being a good person and wife, possessing a loyalty and love for her husband that is unmatched. The white handkerchief was “her first remembrance from the Moor” (Shakespeare 3.3.291) according to Emilia, wife of manipulative antagonist Iago.This establishes the connection to the handkerchief that both Desdemona and Othello possess, tying the future descriptions of the item more directly to the two characters. Within the play, the handkerchief is more strongly associated with Desdemona, befitting of…

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