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  • Honest Iago - 1,063 words
    Honest Iago Honest Iago The poet Coleridge appropriately described the character of Iago as being one of motiveless malignity. Throughout the play Iagos motives are secondary to, and seem only to serve as justification for, his actions. Iago is driven by his nature of character. To discuss Coleridges assessment we must look at Iagos characterfrom Iagos point of view and that of the other charactershis motives, methods, and pawns. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him; all the while he is pushing Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo, Emilia, and Cassio to their tragic end. According to Websters New International ...
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  • Authors View Of Human Behaivior - 1,098 words
    Author's View of Human Behaivior Annonymous Iago uses the word "honest" in act three of Othello in three primary ways. The first way he uses it is to mean honourable, about Cassio. He uses this meaning of the word to force Othello to doubt Cassio's honesty, and question his hounorablility. The second way is to mean faithful, both about Desdemona and Cassio. Iago uses it in the context that the two may be "truthful," again to make Othello doubt. The third way is Iago's most effective use, which is to use honest in the context to mean truthful, as in, he has told Othello the truth. However, Shakespeare has created tremendous dramatic irony, for we know that Iago is being anything except truthf ...
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  • Comparing Othello And Canterbury Tales - 1,167 words
    Comparing Othello And Canterbury Tales A Case Study In Human Nature The use of manipulation and misleading for personal gain has proved to be successful for many people throughout history. Famous poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, and famous play writer, William Shakespeare, illustrate characters who possess these manipulating qualities in their personalities. Geoffrey Chaucer's Pardoner, from The Canterbury Tales, and William Shakespeare's Iago, from Othello, are good examples deceiving characters. These literary figures manipulating techniques are very effective on the other characters in Chaucer's and Shakespeare's works. Iago's main motivation for his manipulation is his hatred of the main characte ...
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  • Iago In Shakespeares Othello - 920 words
    Iago in Shakespeares Othello Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play "Othello," by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals. He is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end. Iago is not your ordinary villain. The role he plays is rather unique and complex, far from what one might expect. Iago is smart. He is an expert judge of people and their characters and uses this to his advantage. For example, he knows Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and fig ...
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  • Iago Is A Fascinating Character In The Play Othello He Seems To Be The - 694 words
    Iago is a fascinating character in the play Othello. He seems to be the main character as everything seems to evolve around him, he makes mischievous plans towards Othello because he hates him. "I hate the moor," He is also being paid by Roderigo, (a dim but wealthy character) to make Desdemona (Othellos wife) fall in love with him so he can marry her. In this essay I will go through some thoughts of Iago and what he is like and why. Iago is intelligent so he knows that he is trusted by most people, so therefore uses it for his purposes. Throughout the play he is often called, Honest Iago. He even says so of himself. I am an honest man Trust takes a long time to achieve and takes a few secon ...
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  • Iago My Hero - 872 words
    Iago My Hero Iago, My Hero Of all the characters presented in Shakespeare's literature the most sinister one is without a doubt Iago. He is a ruthless sociopath. No other character can even come close to his evil. Most of the antagonists present in Shakespeare's plays have valid reasons for the troubles they cause. Iago doesn't for the most part; he just has a burning hatred for the world, especially Othello. Iago is the only reason there is any conflict in Othello. If he were not a character, Othello and Desdemona would have lived happily ever after. From the beginning to the end he causes conflicts. He is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of many characters. Shakespeare did ...
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  • Jelousy: William Shakespeares Othello - 906 words
    Jelousy: William Shakespeare's Othello Jealousy There are evil people in this world; greedy, manipulative, overbearing and jealous. Iago, in William Shakespeare's Othello, is an evil, malignant character. He uses people's goodness, integrity, and ignorance to get what he wants. When Othello's position is higher through character and status, Iago becomes jealous and decides that Othello must be eliminated. Iago is aware of the jealousy inside himself. Othello is a good man at heart, but is not aware of his evil and jealousy, and therefore will not be able to control it. Iago takes advantage of this and uses Othello's trust to manipulate Othello into revealing his true character. Iago, like an ...
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  • Othello - 641 words
    Othello Othello is a Moorish nobleman and soldier of fortune, inclined into the vale of years. Now in the service of the Venetian State as a general against the Turks. Othello is said to be " great of heart," "honorable and valiant," "of a free open nature, that thinks men honest that but seem to be so," and " thus easy victim to the "green eyed monster"...JEALOUSY." At the beginning of the play, Othello appears as a noble, generous, composed man. He is also glamorously happy, both as a general and as a husband to Desdemona. But as we follow the play along we see there is a crack in his personality. Albert Gerard puts it, "[Othello] is the happiness of a spoilt child, not of a mature mind; i ...
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  • Othello - 1,421 words
    Othello Othello, written by William Shakespeare is the story of Othello, the protagonist and tragic hero of the play. A Moor commanding the armies of Venice, he is a celebrated general and heroic figure whose "free and open nature" will enable Iago to twist his love for his wife Desdemona into a powerful jealousy. Iago is Othellos ensign, and Shakespeare's greatest villain. His public face of bravery and honesty conceals a Satanic delight in manipulation and destruction. Passed over for a promotion by his commander, he vows to destroy the Moor. If Iago is an artist of evil, then this scene is the finest canvas he paints. This is the crucial moment in the play, the scene where he, , deceives ...
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  • Othello And Iago - 840 words
    Othello And Iago The Different Sides of Iagos Character In Shakespeare's "Othello," Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implant images into Othello's head that lead him to his own end. More importantly, Iago gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent wife Desdemona, satisfying Iago's huge appetite for revenge. The motive for Iago's devious plan is initially made clear in the first of three major soliloquies, in which he proclaims Othello has had an affair with his wife, Emilia: "And it is thought abroad that t'wixt my sheet ...
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  • Othello And Iago Evilness - 898 words
    Othello And Iago Evilness There are evil people in this world; greedy, manipulative, overbearing and jealous. Iago, in William Shakespeare's Othello, is an evil, malignant character. He uses people's goodness, integrity, and ignorance to get what he wants. When Othello's position is higher through character and status, Iago becomes jealous and decides that Othello must be eliminated. Iago is aware of the jealousy inside himself. Othello is a good man at heart, but is not aware of his evil and jealousy, and therefore will not be able to control it. Iago takes advantage of this and uses Othello's trust to manipulate Othello into revealing his true character. Iago, like any great manipulator, m ...
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  • Othello By William Shakespeare 1564 1616 - 1,571 words
    Othello by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Othello by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Type of Work: Tragic, romantic drama Setting Venice and the island, Cyprus; early sixteenth century Principal Characters Othello, the Moor of Venice, a black military man acclaimcd for his conquests Desdemona, his wife, the beautiful daughter of a government official Iago, Othello's devious ensign Emilia, lago's wife, and attendant to Desdemona Cassio, Othello's devoted lieutenant Story Overveiw Othello, Moorish commander of the armed forces of Venice, had secretly married Desdemona, the much younger daughter of the respected Senator Brabantio. Capitalizing on this news, Othello's ensign, Iago, who had ...
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  • Othello Character Analysis - 1,258 words
    Othello - Character Analysis In the play Othello, the character of Othello has certain traits which make him seem naive and unsophisticated compared to many other people. This is why Iago, to get his just rewards uses him as a scapegoat. Iago told Roderigo, " O,sir, content you. I follow him [Othello] to serve my turn upon him "(I, i lines 38-9). Iago is saying, he only follows Othello to a point, and upon reaching it he will not follow him any longer. Iago has opened my eyes to see the real meaning of deceit. No matter what, Iago will try to take advantage of Othello any time and he will be easily lead to believe the lies of Iago. The Moor, as many Venetians call him, is of strong character ...
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  • Othello Tragedy - 622 words
    Othello Tragedy Dustin Mills English 102 Dr. Elisabeth Sachs Othello Essay Honest Iago One of the most interesting and exotic characters in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is honest Iago. At first Iago seems to be motiveless. However, the motivation behind his actions lie more in Iago's quest for personal gain, as opposed to just being evil for evil's sake. Iago's greediness can be validated by examining his manipulation of Roderigo, Cassio, and most importantly, Othello. Iago's main interest is the destruction of Othello. The reason being that Othello has chosen another man, Cassio, as his second-in-command, preferring him to Iago. This resentment, accompanied by Iago's acc ...
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  • Othello, The Moor Of Venice - 1,217 words
    Othello, The Moor of Venice Othello has been described as William Shakespeares most perfect play. Since 1604, this Shakespearan tragedy has captivated audiences of all ages. The play begins when Othello, a Moorish nobleman and soldier of fortune, unconsciously evokes the spirit of evil in the villainous Iago by choosing Cassio as his lieutenant and not him. Partly for vengeance, but mostly for wicked delight, Iago soon plans to bring about the downfall of Othello and his new officer. Enjoy! Act I Scene I. [Venice. A street.] Scene II. [Venice. Before the Sagittary] Scene III. [Venice. A chamber in the Senate House] Act II Scene I. [A seport in Cyprus. An open place near the harbor] Scene II. ...
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  • Othello: Othello Is A General In The Army Of Venice He Is A Moor, A Darkskinned Man Born In Africa, And Has Risen Through The - 1,187 words
    Othello: Othello is a general in the army of Venice. He is a Moor, a dark-skinned man born in Africa, and has risen through the ranks of the Venetian army through hard work and success in battle. He is a respected general, but less respected as a person, because of his dark skin and foreign roots. He is an honest man, and believes that people are honest. This makes him naive in many ways. Othello is a passionate man, and deeply loves Desdemona Desdemona: Desdemona is loyal, faithful, and passionately loves Othello. She is shrewd and wise, but is very subtle about it. Iago: Iago is Othellos sword-bearer. He has been passed over for the position of Lieutenant, and this draws out his evil natur ...
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  • Reputation Plays A Very Important Role In The Play Othello The Character Of Iago Uses His Reputation As An Honest Man To Dece - 522 words
    Reputation plays a very important role in the play Othello. The character of Iago uses his reputation as an honest man to deceive Othello and other characters in the play. To Cassio reputation meant everything. Othellos reputation played an important role in the play. Iagos reputation played a very key role in the play. Everyone thought of Iago as an honest man. " O, thats an honest fellow " , "You advise me well ........ goodnight honest Iago " - "........thats an honest fellow " " I know thourt full of love and honesty ". Iago has everyone fooled into believing that he is a noble honest man. Without this reputation of being honest he could never get Othello to believe that Desdemona was ch ...
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  • The Play Othello Was Written Be William Shakespeare In The Latter Years Of Shakespeares Career Shakespeare Composed, Revised, - 571 words
    The play Othello was written be William Shakespeare in the latter years of Shakespeares career. Shakespeare composed, revised, and acted in many theatrical performances throughout his life, he also owned the Globe theater where many of his works were performed. The work Othello was based on a story by Giraldi Cinthios, Tale of a Moor, which was a mellow drama about a moor and his doubts about his wifes fidelity. In Shakespeares play the moor (Othello) is convinced by his jealous aid (Iago) that his wife (Desdemona) is not being faithful. Iagos jealousy is motivated by his anger as a result of not being appointed Othellos Lieutenant, when he learns that Cassio a Florentine has be promoted ins ...
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  • William Shakespeares Othello - 687 words
    William ShakespeareS Othello Iagos Justice In William Shakespeares play Othello, there lurks an evil that far is surpasses the darkness of the devil, it lies in the antagonist Iago. Othello who passes Iago up for a promotion simply because Iago is not a arithmetician, swears to take his revenge and destroy the moor and every thing Othello holds dear. Through this Iago plays judge, jury, and executioner, but is Iagos justice justified or does his justice go far beyond the point of justice that he crosses the line. Once that line is crossed there is a point of no return. All barriers that may have at one point existed are now broken. Iagos justice can never be justified, by taking or causing t ...
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  • William Shakespeares Othello - 1,005 words
    William Shakespeare's Othello Tragedies frequently focus on a tragic hero that has a flaw that ultimately leads to his downfall. That flaw is commonly referred to as a tragic flaw that is inborn to the person and can reflect his background. In Aristotle's Poetics, he discusses the theory of tragedy and what criteria is essential in an ideal tragedy. According to Aristotle, the tragic flaw is the most important part of the hero and the events that occur in the work is a reflection of that flaw. A tragic flaw is essential in a true tragedy. In William Shakespeare's Othello, Othello is a prime example of an Aristotelian tragic hero. His gullibility and jealousy are the main reason of his downfa ...
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