Intro to Othello

Intro to Othello - appearance he presents. The allegations...

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Othello Shakespeare Introduction Shakespearean Tragedy Written circa 1604 King James I on the throne of England Shakespeare--biography Little known about Shakespeare’s life: born 1564, middle class (in trade); worked in London and became successful and rich as an actor and playwright born 1564, middle class (in trade); worked in London and became successful and rich as an actor and playwright died 1616 at age 52 Remarkable for general knowledge, skill with language, influence on language (coined hundreds of new words and phrases), ability to craft lifelike characters and plots Othello Shakespeare based this play on an existing tale from Italy Expands intricacies of plot, characters, psychology Play has been popular from Shakespeare’s times until modern day; audiences admire Othello and Desdemona’s pure and noble love Themes Jealousy Love Hate Pride: Especially important with regards to Othello; Othello is defensively proud of himself and his achievements, and especially proud of the honorable
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Unformatted text preview: appearance he presents. The allegations of Desdemona's affair hurt his pride even more than they inflame his vanity and jealousy; he wants to appear powerful, accomplished, and moral at every possible instance, and when this is almost denied to him, his wounded pride becomes especially powerful. Race Appearance vs Reality: Especially relevant to the issue of Iago's character; for although he is called "honest" by almost everyone in the play, he is treacherous, deceitful, and manipulative. Also applies to Desdemona, as Othello believes that she is deceitful and impure, although she is really blameless and innocent. Order vs Chaos: As Othello begins to abandon reason and language, chaos takes over. His world begins to be ruled by chaotic emotions and very shady allegations, with order pushed to one side. This chaos rushes him into tragedy, and once Othello has sunk into it, he is unable to stop his fate from taking him over....
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