Power And Manipulation In Shakespeare's Othello

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“All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails is a function of power not of truth” = Friedrich Nietschze
Manipulations of the Mind, Misogynistic Mistrust and Rash ramifications are just the tip of the iceberg that holds the crumbling power pedestal of Shakespeare’s compelling play Othello. In Shakespeare’s Othello, the eponymous character is a Moorish general waylaid by his ensign’s thirst for power. His ensign, Iago, revels in the power he wields in manipulating for his individual profit. Power plays a very important role in the plot and overall outcome of this play. Power is used to create control and vice versa. Power struggles woven through an intricately crafted thin veil of deception, mistrust, doubts and
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Passion and lies run rampant in Shakespeare’s Othello with manipulation as its foundation. Manipulation is a theme in Shakespeare’s Othello that wouldn’t have been present without the sophisticated villain Iago. He is part vice, part Machiavel and reminiscent to Shakespeare’s Richard III seems to be inherently evil. He experiences some sort of revelry in his actions. Sexuality, Jealousy, Honour, Race and Colour are skillfully twisted with consummate sophistication making it well attuned with the human psyche.
Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see.
She has deceived her father, and may thee
The implication of Brabantio’s statement is clear as he foreshadows Desdemona’s supposed infidelity. The stigma of unruly daughters turning into unruly and promiscuous wives becomes deeply ingrained into Othello’s mind which haunts him later in the play. Iago manipulates Desdemona’s fallacious characterisation allowing him to maneouvre himself into a position where he is able to poison Othello’s mind
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Women’s roles have been proven to be controlled by the patriarchy. All the women are related to men who had the power to control them, portraying men as superior to their female counterparts. We can learn from Iago’s manipulations that any man is capable of doing what he did for the sake of gaining power. The destructive consequences manipulation can bring if used erroneously for one’s gain is devastating; a breakdown of a marriage as well as their deaths. We encountered several depictions of power in its many forms, whether it be mental or palpable; yet in the end, what matters the most is how one uses it and if one is prepared to face the consequences of one’s own actions. Manipulation induced deaths, the degradation of women induced feminism to a certain

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