He expected the infuriated Brabantio to give him a chance to explain his side of the story. I have tried to view him critically, neither as a good nor a bad character, but merely as Shakespeare? IagoDespite the play being called Othello, the plot revolves around Iago, not Othello. We can also—tragically—draw some parallels between the play and more contemporary attitudes in the U. Also, it seems that Iago has made a lasting impression on Othello. How Shakespeare Paved My Way to Stardom.
Hinder Influence Character Response While on the surface Iago helps others, his efforts are directed toward hindering Othello, Cassio, and Roderigo. Help Influence Character Symptom Iago creates problems for Othello and others when he focuses his efforts on pretending to help. Othello Character Introduction directory search Shakespeare's Characters: Othello A preliminary assumption may be that, because Othello kills his beloved wife after the devious machinations of Iago, then perhaps Othello is as much a victim of Iago's evil as Desdemona is of Othello's wrath. But let's take a step back. Also supporting this seems to be relevance of witchcraft as a theme. Othello's Character Development A study of Othello's character developement from a respectable general into a jealous murderer based on four major extracts. He keeps up his torment of Othello, finally telling Othello that Cassio has confessed to an affair with Desdemona to Iago himself.
Othello's achievement is not so much that he survived this unpromising life, but that he survived it in such a spectacularly successful manner, ending up one of the most powerful men in the Venetian defense forces. Not only does Othello listen to and believe everything he says, he is also contemplating revenge much as Iago did at the start of the play. After learning Iago lied, Othello, who understands he 'loved not wisely, but too well,' kills himself. Michael Neill, editor of the edition, notes that the earliest critical references to Othello's colour, 's 1693 critique of the play, and the 1709 engraving in 's edition of Shakespeare , assume him to be a black man, while the earliest known North African interpretation was not until 's production of 1814. In 1997, took the role with the Washington, D. Eventually Desdemona feels silenced and states, 'I ha' none.
He is good, courageous, brave and trustworthy. Desdemona can also be seen as naïve about relationships. Archived from on 20 August 2008. In the end, Desdemona's voice is silenced, and she takes credit for her own murder. He exploites Roderigo as a source of money and an unwitting accomplice in his plot to bring down Othello.
Main Character Description Tall, dark-skinned man, part Berber, part Arab, in his early forties. Though Iago appears to have the goal of misery for Othello and Cassio, he does not appear to have a specific detailed plan, he continually refers to using insights he makes about Cassio, Othello, Roderigo and Desdemona to further his plan in his asides in the play. He stayed with his retinue in London for several months and occasioned much discussion, and thus might have inspired Shakespeare's play, written only a few years afterwards. How to cite this article: Mabillard, Amanda. He falls in love with, and marries, the delicate Desdemona though he is middle-aged, and she is still young.
Obtaining Main Character Concern Othello wants Desdemona, and by winning her he hopes to gain the acceptance of Venetian society at large. When Brabantio accuses Othello of using witchcraft to seduce Desdemona, Othello suggests that she be summoned to give evidence of their courtship. I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. Commitment Because he believes he was best suited to receive the lieutenancy, Iago makes a commitment to revenge himself against Othello and Cassio. In spite of his elevated status, he is nevertheless easy prey to insecurities because of his age, his life as a soldier, and his race. Iago involves Roderigo in an attack on Cassio, for which Roderigo pays with his life, as Iago kills him to ensure his silence. Othello's insecurities are so close to the surface that a few words of hint and innuendo from Iago can tear the confident exterior and expose his fears, desires, and tendency to violence.
Her beliefs quickly change when she tries to talk to Othello on Cassio's behalf. Shortly after they marry, Othello and Desdemona announce their marriage, which is not customary in Venetian society. He was a general, and while he could be valuable as a fighter he was tolerated, just as a negro who could save New York from a disaster would become a great man overnight. Montano, Governor of Cyprus Pronounces judgment on Iago at the end of the play, comments on the situation, and helps to wrap the play up. Perhaps Shakespeare's most evil figure, not for his treachery which is arguably surpassed by Macbeth who kills his king in his sleep while staying at his castle as a trusting guest , but for the manner in which he effortlessly manipulates all those around him to do his bidding kill Cassio, destroy Othello, discredit Desdemona's virtue by taking advantage of their trust and using his victim's own motivations Roderigo's desire for Desdemona, Cassio's desire to be reinstated and weaknesses Othello's pride, Cassio's impaired judgment whilst drunk , to achieve his ends.
Gratiano: Brother to Brabantio, we see little of him, except largely in Act V, Scene I, when he discovers with Lodovico, the wounded Cassio, thought to have been wounded by Roderigo when we later learn it was really Iago who stabbed him. Iago's pragmatism is also evident in his use of Roderigo. Whereas before, when it was beneficial that his love for Desdemona was his main priority in life, he now finds it a detriment, a trap that has brought him down which is true, but not in the way he sees it. He is dazzled by the comfortable life, the learned conversation, the civilization. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! He is popular, he speaks well, and he is lively and trusting. The Moor must again render justice, this time upon himself. His vocabulary and speech patterns seem to change gradually in the Cyprus setting.