The Two Settings of Othello Essay

1170 Words May 15th, 2013 5 Pages
Effects of the Environment in Othello In The Tragedy of Othello, an epic tale of love and revenge, Shakespeare introduces major themes of jealousy and self-preservation. Shakespeare uses sharp contrast of settings to convey and amplify feelings brought on by the characters’ actions. The civilized city of Venice and the cut off island of Cyprus bring out the differences in personalities among the main characters, leading them to act as different as the two settings. Venice keeps these characters more dignified in their actions with the overwhelming feeling of the council/public watching. However, Cyprus is much more secluded, giving the characters the chance to show their true colors. Desdemona is introduced as an adventurous and …show more content…
He was forced to rely on others to enact his plans. Due to his lack of power within the city of Venice, Iago had to use Roderigo to tell Barbantio about his daughter’s marriage. Iago instructs Roderigo to, “Call up her father, rouse him. Make after him, poison his delight. (Shakespeare, 1014)” Iago’s lack of power does not last long. Once he arrives in Cyprus, as the ‘protector’ of Desdemona, Iago has gained more trust with Othello. Iago uses this trust to manipulate the people he is closest to in order to complete his evil plot. One of the people he uses is his very own wife. Emilia happens to see Desdemona’s precious handkerchief on the floor. In hopes to please her husband, she gives him the handkerchief; only enabling his evil plot further. Emilia states, “I’ll have the work ta’en out And give’t Iago. What he will do with it, Heaven knowns, not I; I nothing but to please his fantasy. (Shakespeare, 1091)” Iago also uses his new found power to manipulate Cassio into looking guilty in Othello’s eyes. Iago plants Desdemona’s handkerchief in Cassio’s room to make it appear they are having an affair. Iago also tricks Cassio into appearing as though he is confessing to relations with Desdemona but in fact he is bragging about his relations with a prostitute names Bianca. Due to Cyprus’s small and confined area, this allows Iago to manipulate easily and pull on the strings of all his puppets. Lastly, Iago controls and manipulates

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