Amanda bobb prof nick sharp engl 401-002 31 october 2016 shakespeare's othello: iago and the dark triad when reading william shakespeare's othello, it is hard for the reader to ascertain what iago's motive is for wanting to ruin othello. Iago is a fictional character in shakespeare's othello (c 1601-1604) iago is the play's main antagonist, and othello's standard-bearerhe is the husband of emilia, who is in turn the attendant of othello's wife desdemona. Iago struggles with his hatred for othello and begins to plan the murder of othello and anyone else who gets in his way after being inspired by the bbc's hollow crown, i decided to have a play. William shakespeare's othello bookended my experience with the 2016 election resultsit was the last book i started before i watched the election results come in on tuesday night and it was the first book i finished after i knew donald trump had become the president elect of our country.
Theodore spencer wrote of shakespeare's othello, in presenting the character of othello to his audience, shakespeare emphasizes very strongly his grandeur, self-control, and nobility (spencer 127-28) this observation demonstrates that these three main traits—grandeur, self-control, and. Iago is arrested and sent to trial after othello wounds him (he doesn't even die) othello, facing the inevitability of his own trial, uses a hidden weapon to commit suicide the play ends with cassio reinstated and placed in command as governor of cyprus. Development of othello was supported by a grant from the james f and marion l miller foundation this production of othello is part of shakespeare in american communities, a national program of the national endowment for the arts in partnership with arts midwest. Othello, in full othello, the moor of venice, tragedy in five acts by william shakespeare, written in 1603-04 and published in 1622 in a quarto edition from a transcript of an authorial manuscript.
Iago is the main antagonist in the tragedy play othello by william shakespeare he is a venetian soldier, who serves under general othello, a moor (a broad term in shakespeare's day, usually along the lines of someone of north african descent), and leader of the venetian armed forces. Iago's ego has been hurt by othello claiming cassio as his lieutenant and passing up iago iago feels that he has way more experience in battle than cassio and just pretends to serve othello until he can get his revenge (1110-40. Shakespeare's characters: iago (othello) driven by an overpowering lust for evil rivaled only by satan, iago grabs the title as worst shakespeare villain hands down on the surface, iago's motive for wanting to destroy othello could be one of several. Iago thinks he knows jealousy, having rehearsed it in his relationship with emilia to the extent that emilia believes jealousy is part of the personality of men, but iago's jealously is a poor, weak thought compared to the storm of jealousy he stirs up in othello. Iago, a junior officer secretly enraged by othello, exploits his general's ambiguous position and ingenuous nature, driving him into a passionate and overpowering jealousy othello is an all too human story marked by the domestic intimacy of a chamber piece, it has the feel of a relentless greek tragedy.
Internationally acclaimed director ron daniels joins stc to helm othello, shakespeare's tale of jealousy, duplicity, and destruction among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of cyprus, newly married and promoted moorish general othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, iago. Possibly the most heinous villain in shakespeare, iago is fascinating for his most terrible characteristic: his utter lack of convincing motivation for his actions in the first scene, he claims to be angry at othello for having passed him over for the position of lieutenant (ii 7-32 . In shakespeare's play othello, the character iago is no different from those deceptive individuals behind his façade as a trustworthy ensign and friend, iago is a multilayered, deceptive and manipulative villain, concocting chaos and causing mishaps toother characters for revenge. Iago, the villain in othello, is perhaps the most sadistic and consummately evil character in all english literature and his eventual downfall illustrates the triumph of love over hate, a key theme in many of shakespeare's plays.
The reason why iago is so quickly and spectacularly successful in persuading othello to swallow the vile tale he spins round desdemona is that othello is primed to believe it by the warped view of women and female sexuality that he shares not only with iago but with other men. The first scene of othello presents a conversation between roderigo, the disappointed suitor of desdemona, and iago, concerning incidents of which othello is the chief agent othello and desdemona have eloped, it seems, leaving roderigo disappointed and distressed. Published: mon, 5 dec 2016 shakespeare's othello is a story of betrayal, jealousy, and revenge the antagonist in the play, iago, is considered to be one of shakespeare's most evil characters.
Iago's fate based on the final dialogue of william shakespeare's othello was torture and execution, which were to be enforced by montano after othello commits suicide and falls on the bed beside his dead wife, desdemona, lodovico tells iago to look upon the consequences of his evil acts. Shakespeare's 'othello', at first, seems to be centred around a black man in a position of power in a white european society 'othello' therefore would seem the obvious and most suitable title. Iago in shakespeare's 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. In shakespeare's othello, explain iago's plans about roderigo, cassio, desdemona and othello 1 educator answer in shakespeare's othello, what strategy does iago use to enlist roderigo in his plot.