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  • The Moor In Othello

    Moors struggled to find harmony in Shakespeare’s time in Venice, England, and throughout Europe. Othello, the Moor, plays the Other in Shakespeare’s play Othello. The Other is an interesting character that is seen throughout Shakespeare’s plays including Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and Caliban in The Tempest. The Other is usually an outsider, someone who can be mocked, abused, or condemned. Little says, “But, as Othello’s countrymen will finally have it, no amount of rhyming or coupling (or punning) will leave unseen the black Other whom the audience suspects is hidden within Othello.” Little talks about how as much as one can try to hide Othello’s blackness in his qualities, nevertheless it is still there and will be ridiculed. Othello shows the great difficulties a Moor faced in western society. Moors were…

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  • Adultery In Othello

    death even though she has only ever been completely faithful, trustworthy and loving to him. Iago showed Othello at the beginning of the story that he was an honest and trustworthy man, had Othello come to the realization Desdemona was a strumpet on his own, and disguised a plan to prove Desdemona’s adultery. The play Othello, is like a puppet show and Iago is the puppeteer; controlling the outcome and fate of each of the characters. Iago was upset with Cassio because he got the job to become…

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  • Jealousy In Othello

    William Shakespeare’s “Othello, the Moor of Venice” (reprinted in Greg Johnson and Thomas R. Arp, Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 12th ed.) is one of the most well known tragedies across literature. In the famous play, Othello is the Moor that came into the Venetian city as somewhat of an outsider and acquired a high rank so quickly that it bothered many other men at the time. In addition to this, at the start of the play Othello marries Desdemona without her father’s…

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  • The Symbolity Of Othello

    paragraph #4 A second standard that Othello meets is that he believes that non threatening remarks are threatening. Othello’s words confirm that he turns innocent events into a threat when he says, “Make it a darling like your precious eye. / To lose ’t or give ’t away were such perdition / As nothing else could match” (Shakespeare 3.4. 77-79). Othello says this after he questions Desdemona about the handkerchief and reveals states how important it was to his mother and that if he loses it, he…

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  • Racism In Othello

    The concept of “Race” plays a very significant and critical role on Othello, the play in which Shakespeare tells the story of the “dark Moor” who eventually finds himself struggling against his jealousy in the midst of white society. The very beginning of the play may be considered illusory for a reader who is unfamiliar with Othello's character: in fact, many derogatory terms are used, especially by the villain Iago and his confederate Rodorigo, to define Othello. This would certainly lead the…

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  • Epilepsy In Othello

    Fatal Mind: A Man, His Epilepsy, and His Downfall In William Shakespeare’s Othello, it is jealousy that conquers all, while love is cast down an unfathomable abyss. Over the course of few days, once honourable Othello is broken down by trickster Iago with his wiles and Othello’s mind is overrun with anger and envy. But how could a principled man such as Othello decide to kill his beloved wife in such a short amount of time? If it is assumed that Othello is afflicted by Temporal Lobe Epilepsy…

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  • Homosexuality In Othello

    In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice Shakespeare leaves the character of Iago’s sexuality to be questioned. Although Iago has a wife, he drops slight hints throughout the play that he has homosexual thoughts or feelings toward other characters, but he uses his position in the military and his fear to suppress these feelings. These “hints” are shown through his wildly questionable story about Michael Cassio, his word choice when describing Othello, and his discourse…

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  • Empiricism In Othello

    Othello: An Empiricist ABSTRACT: Shakespeare, the king of English literature, reached the summit of his power over English. In the art of characterization, Shakespeare has no rival. The beauty of the art lies in its characters. We come across many characters that portray nobility, ire, jealousy, conspiracy, etc. in his plays. One of the fascinating characters is Othello- the portrayal of jealousy and suspicion, an icon of empiricism who digs his own grave. This paper focuses on…

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  • Sexism In Othello

    "Othello" is the best representation of the great tragedies of William Shakespeare; the Moor of Venice, a military with strong character. Shakespeare enhance the barbarity of the Moor, but from my point of view, Othello has essentially been nothing more than a simple soldier, naive, basic, black mindset. On the other hand, William Shakespeare also presented us the beautiful young wife of Othello, Desdemona, and her conflict with her father Brabantio, because of Othello 's race. Desdemona…

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  • Narcissism In Othello

    Iago is an iconic character from the Shakespearian play Othello, best known for his ruthlessness and cunning behaviors, he acts on selfish desires to deceive and manipulate others. Iago’s villainous qualities are apparent in the opening scene of the play, where he and Roderigo appear to be arguing with one another. Iago confides in Roderigo regarding the bitterness he feels toward Othello, an African American Venetian general. Iago begrudges Othello because he did not choose Iago as his…

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