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. Montano tries to calm down an angry and drunk Cassio, but they end up fighting one another.
He is quite or nearly indifferent to his own fate as to that of others; he runs all risks for a trifling and doubtful advantage, and is himself the dupe and victim of ruling passion — an insatiable craving after action of the most difficult and dangerous kind.
He is different from those around him, due to his origins and his life history, but he shares their religion, values, and patriotism to Venice. Desdemona's physical whiteness is otherwise presented in opposition to Othello's dark skin: Like Hamlet, he is an enigma, a mystery that cannot be solved easily.
Although Othello is a cultural and racial outsider in Venice, his skill as a soldier and leader is nevertheless valuable and necessary to the state, and he is an integral part of Venetian civic society.
Othello and others in the play constantly refer to him as "honest Iago. It is quite interesting to follow the tortuous path through which Iago leads Othello from calm self-confidence about love into a tempestuous mood of jealousy. The Folio also lacks a scattering of about a dozen lines or part-lines that are to be found in the Quarto.
Iago is surrounded with bitter irony: As the Protestant Reformation of England proclaimed the importance of pious, controlled behaviour in society, it was the tendency of the contemporary Englishman to displace society's "undesirable" qualities of barbarism, treachery, jealousy and libidinousness onto those who are considered "other".
However, the version in the Folio is rather different in length, and in wording: Later, Bianca accuses Cassio of giving her a second-hand gift which he had received from another lover.
Themes[ edit ] Iago versus Othello[ edit ] Although its title suggests that the tragedy belongs primarily to Othello, Iago plays an important role in the plot. At the beginning of the play, Iago claims to have been unfairly passed over for promotion to the rank of Othello's lieutenant in favour of Michael Cassio.
Religious and philosophical[ edit ] The title "Moor" implies a religious "other" of North African or Middle Eastern descent.
The casting of the role comes with a political subtext. Origin[ edit ] While no English translation of Cinthio was available in Shakespeare's lifetime, it is possible Shakespeare knew the Italian original, Gabriel Chappuy's French translation, or an English translation in manuscript.
As critics have established, the term 'Moor' referred to dark-skinned people in general, used interchangeably with terms such as 'African', 'Somali', 'Ethiopian', 'Negro', 'Arab', 'Berber', and even 'Indian' to designate a figure from Africa or beyond.
Iago is a man with an obsession for control and power over others who has let this obsession take over his whole life. But for all this, as his plot against Othello starts moving and gathering momentum, he loses control of it and must take real risks to prevent it from crashing.
Bal, a Hawaiian actor of mixed ethnicity, playing Iago. This overconfidence in his own power undermines his cause. Each thing Iago says is cause for worry. In the darkness, Iago manages to hide his identity, and when Lodovico and Gratiano hear Cassio's cries for help, Iago joins them.
Othello reenters and questions the men as to what happened. White is honor, black is wickedness; white is innocence, black is guilt. This plan occupies the final three acts of the play. But questions of race may not boil down to a simple decision of casting a single role. Act III, scene iii is considered to be the turning point of the play as it is the scene in which Iago successfully sows the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind, inevitably sealing Othello's fate.
Othello. Beginning with the opening lines of the play, Othello remains at a distance from much of the action that concerns and affects him.
Roderigo and Iago. In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, our hero, named Othello, meets his demise due to his personality. Some of Othello’s character traits were the main reason behind his death. The antagonist of the story, Iago, focuses on three character traits of Othello in order to get his revenge.
Othello (The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in .
Iago finds women faithless, even suspecting his wife of having an earlier affair with Othello (It is thought abroad that ’twixt my sheets / He has done my office” (douglasishere.com–)).
Shakespeare has built the character of Iago from an idea already existing in the theatrical culture of his time: the Devil in religious morality plays, which developed into the villain in Elizabethan drama and tragedy. Othello study guide contains a biography of William Shakespeare, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a .Characteristics of iago in othello by william shakespeare