Othello & The World of Animals

Othello begins in Venice in the time an argument is taking place between Roderigo and Iago because Roderigo has been loaning money to Iago by some type of special arrangement. Othello is the tragic hero of the play who is a general in the Venice army; the controversy begins when Othello chooses another man to…

Othello Reading Response

After reading the play Othello I can say that this is the first play that I have experienced having a drastic change of opinion through the process of reading it. At the start of the play I was intrigued, and I found that there was some pleasant humor in it. However, as I began to…

Shakespeare’s Take on Jephthah: The Ill-Fated Women in Othello

Othello is easily one of William Shakespeare’s most psychologically unsettling tragedies.  The narrative deals with racism, manipulation, paranoia, and violent betrayal.  While many critics are fascinated with the title character’s fall from grace and more still are intrigued by Iago’s evil, another vital component of the story is the sad fate of the innocents destroyed…

How Insecure Can You Be?

First and fore most Othello is a soldier. Othello predicts that his success in love will be exactly like his success as a soldier. He woos Desdemona with tales of his extraordinary and dangerous battles, however; after the Turks drown, Othello is left with nothing to do. Now that he has no means of providing…

Whose tragedy is it anyways?

In the reading of Othello, many scholars have questioned whether Othello is even the tragic hero or the main character of the play. Instead, some believe it is Iago who fulfills the role of the tragic hero. Defined by Aristotle, the model of a tragic hero requires certain characteristics. Among these include: high status or…

Jealousy

Within the first Act of the play, Iago seems to be jealous of Cassio. He states, “One Michael Cassio, a Florentine, A fellow almost damned in a fair wife, that never set a squadron in the field” (I.i.21-23). Iago is jealous that Cassio was given the job as lieutenant over him by Othello, and feels…

The Rage of Othello

Throughout the well-written play of Othello, the readers can see many dynamic characters and the various emotions they experience. Othello particularly goes through a rollercoaster on emotions in this play, and it’s not all entirely his fault. The jealousy of Othello must first be analyzed as to how it begins. We are not sure of…

Animal Imagery in Othello

The animal imagery is very interesting in Shakespeare’s play, Othello. It is used multiple times throughout the play, just like there are multiple references to plants. By doing so, this makes it seem like the laws of nature are ruling instead of the laws of government. An example of animal imagery is when Iago called…

” The green-eyed monster”

The theme of jealous is, to me, arguably the main theme in Othello. If it wasn’t for jealousy, even petty or made up jealous, the story would not have progressed in the grotesque display that we know as the tragedy of Othello.  Iago’s deceit is the cause of Othello’s jealousy and what leads to poor…

The Devil In Iago

In Shakespeare’s Othello, there is a continuous theme that what characters say is not always true, and most of the accusations made in this play have little to no concrete evidence, only based on schemes and manipulations of others. Specifically, Iago serves as perhaps the greatest example of this as his actions and soliloquies illustrate…

Slut-shaming, Mansplaining, and Murder… Oh My!

Feminism. It’s an eight-letter word that is the source of many internet fights across Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter. For some reason, this simple word sends many people into an unnecessary flying rage. However, don’t fret if you are one of the poor souls who believes that feminism is the downfall of society. If you spend…