Essay on William Shakespeare 's Othello As A Tragedy

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William Shakespeare is one of literatures greatest writers who is best known for his sonnets and plays. One of his most famous plays is Othello. Like most of Shakespeare’s plays, Othello is a tragedy. Othello is the main character of the play who falls in love with Desdemona. Their lives seem to be moving along in happiness, but the infamous Iago has an evil plan in store for them. Iago’s plan is to fool Othello into thinking that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. All of the characters in the play are oblivious to Iago’s treacherous plan except for the audience. This creates dramatic irony, in which the audience knows something that the characters do not. Dramatic irony is used to increase the suspense in a story and leave the audience desperate to find out how the events of the story will play out. Iago’s plan eventually succeeds when he drives Othello mad and to his breaking point. The play ends with Iago’s wife Emilia, Desdemona, and Othello all dying. Iago carries out his plan by using the handkerchief that Othello gave Desdemona as a token of Othello’s love. In 3, 3, 318-324 of Shakespeare’s tragedy, the handkerchief is working to intensify the dramatic irony of the play through the use of plot, diction, and tone. The plot of Othello is seen as a classic tragedy. Society is at peace until Othello and Desdemona get married. This creates chaos because Othello and Desdemona go against all traditions to be with one another. To show how deep his love is, Othello…

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