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SparkNotes: Othello: Themes, Motifs & Symbols

18 Jan 2017 21:24 | Author: LUDMILA KOVALENKO | Category: Why animals should have rights essay

Certainly, Othello’s final speech is not all that one might wish for his claim to be “one not easily jealous” is open to question, and his claim that he “loved not wisely but too well” seems both an understatement and an exaggeration (V.ii. 354, 353 ). Further, Othello’s invocation of his own military triumphs might be seen as another example of Othello dangerously misordering his priorities. He seems to position his political reputation as his biggest concern, as he did in Act III, scene iii, lines 353–355 , when, having decided that Desdemona does not love him, he exclaimed, “Farewell the tranquil mind, farewell content, / Farewell the plumed troop and the big wars / That make ambition virtue.”

At the same time, however, Othello’s final speech does seem to restore to him somewhat the nobility that characterized him at the beginning of the play. From almost the first time he opens his mouth, Othello demonstrates and the other characters confirm his hypnotic eloquence when he speaks about his exploits in battle. Othello’s final speech puts us in mind of his long speech in Act I, scene iii, so that we see him, even if only for a moment, as we saw him then. This process of conflating two different times and views of Othello is similar to the rhetorical effect achieved by Othello’s dying words, where he makes his suicide seem a noble and heroic deed by conflating it with the killing of a Turk in service of the state.

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    organicfish883 18 Jan 2017 02:26

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    browngoose294 18 Jan 2017 01:45

    At the end of Othello, Desdemona seems to be the most passive kind of victim. Smothered, deprived of breath and of words by her husband, she is totally overwhelmed by Othello’s insane jealousy and physical strength. But before her murder, Desdemona is remarkable for showing more passivity when her husband is not around and more assertiveness when he is.

    1. Discuss the role that race plays in Shakespeare’s portrayal of Othello. How do the other characters react to Othello’s skin color or to the fact that he is a Moor? How does Othello see himself?

    What would you get if you combined the psychological manipulations of Black Swan , the web of lies of Gone Girl , the insight into the horrors of racism of 12 Years A Slave , and the homoerotic tension of Top Gun ?

    a) A movie about a ballerina who frames her husband for murder, gets kidnapped and taken to New Orleans, and changes her name to Maverick, or.

    Othello is the first great black protagonist in Western literature. and he's still one of the most famous (which is a big problem, and why you should set a goal to do a "read only non-white authors" month/year).

    But we digress. Shakespeare penned Othello with the same insane and still-fresh-centuries-later talent that he employed with his other tragic heroes (that's Hamlet , King Lear and Macbeth , y'all).

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    crazydog944 17 Jan 2017 22:19

    At the end of Othello, Desdemona seems to be the most passive kind of victim. Smothered, deprived of breath and of words by her husband, she is totally overwhelmed by Othello’s insane jealousy and physical strength. But before her murder, Desdemona is remarkable for showing more passivity when her husband is not around and more assertiveness when he is.

    1. Discuss the role that race plays in Shakespeare’s portrayal of Othello. How do the other characters react to Othello’s skin color or to the fact that he is a Moor? How does Othello see himself?

    What would you get if you combined the psychological manipulations of Black Swan , the web of lies of Gone Girl , the insight into the horrors of racism of 12 Years A Slave , and the homoerotic tension of Top Gun ?

    a) A movie about a ballerina who frames her husband for murder, gets kidnapped and taken to New Orleans, and changes her name to Maverick, or.

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    orangepanda972 18 Jan 2017 04:42

    Hello -- Trick Question Alert!! I am far more impressed with how similar the thoughts on racism are perceived between then and now. In Othello the Authorities are okay with the marriage. it is Desdemona s family (father) who is angry about it. In the play the father suspects drug involvement. a very common sentiment today. In the end the argument is settled by deciding that Othello is an honorable man, and the couple are in love with each other. so take your bigotry and leave them alone. Pretty much the same as today. I would urge you to watch the play -- there are more interesting things in it than racism! Jealousy is also a big theme, and Iago is one of the most understandable villains in literature. Cordially, Bill (Nulfinator on YouTube)

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    пончец 18 Jan 2017 08:29

    Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1603, and based on the Italian short story "Un Capitano Moro" (A Moorish Captain) by Cinthio (a disciple of Boccaccio) first published in 1565. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his wife Desdemona; his lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted ensign Iago. Because of its varied themes — racism, love, jealousy and betrayal — Othello remains relevant to the present day and is often performed in professional and community theatres alike. The play has also been the basis for numerous operatic, film and literary adaptations. http://www.bookrags.com/Othello http://www.bookrags.com/notes/oth/ http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/ot. http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/LitN. http://www.novelguide.com/othello/index.. http://www.campusnut.com/book.cfm?articl. http://www.pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/monk. http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes/T. http://www.pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/barr. http://www.bookwolf.com/Free_Booknotes/F.

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    crazybutterfly241 18 Jan 2017 07:41

    At the end of Othello, Desdemona seems to be the most passive kind of victim. Smothered, deprived of breath and of words by her husband, she is totally overwhelmed by Othello’s insane jealousy and physical strength. But before her murder, Desdemona is remarkable for showing more passivity when her husband is not around and more assertiveness when he is.

    1. Discuss the role that race plays in Shakespeare’s portrayal of Othello. How do the other characters react to Othello’s skin color or to the fact that he is a Moor? How does Othello see himself?

    What would you get if you combined the psychological manipulations of Black Swan , the web of lies of Gone Girl , the insight into the horrors of racism of 12 Years A Slave , and the homoerotic tension of Top Gun ?

    a) A movie about a ballerina who frames her husband for murder, gets kidnapped and taken to New Orleans, and changes her name to Maverick, or.

    Othello is the first great black protagonist in Western literature. and he''''''''s still one of the most famous (which is a big problem, and why you should set a goal to do a "read only non-white authors" month/year).

    But we digress. Shakespeare penned Othello with the same insane and still-fresh-centuries-later talent that he employed with his other tragic heroes (that''''''''s Hamlet , King Lear and Macbeth , y''''''''all).

    Desperate to cling to the security of his former identity as a soldier while his current identity as a lover crumbles, Othello begins to confuse the one with the other. His expression of his jealousy quickly devolves from the conventional “Farewell the tranquil mind” to the absurd:

    As she prepares for bed in Act V, Desdemona sings a song about a woman who is betrayed by her lover. She was taught the song by her mother’s maid, Barbary, who suffered a misfortune similar to that of the woman in the song; she even died singing “Willow.” The song’s lyrics suggest that both men and women are unfaithful to one another. To Desdemona, the song seems to represent a melancholy and resigned acceptance of her alienation from Othello’s affections, and singing it leads her to question Emilia about the nature and practice of infidelity.

    The plot of Shakespeare s Othello is largely taken from Giraldi Cinthio s Gli Hecatommithi , a tale of love, jealousy, and betrayal; however, the characters, themes, and attitudes of the two works are vastly different, with Shakespeare s play being a more involved study of human nature and psychology. One of the major deviations from the source, is the motivation of the Iago figure. Cithio s Iago was driven to revenge when Desdemona refused to have an affair with him; Iago s motivations are not nearly so plain in Shakespeare s version.

    Othello is considered to be a prime example of Aristotelian drama; it focuses upon a very small cast of characters, one of the smallest seen in Shakespeare s body of work, has few distractions from the main plot arc, and concentrates on just a few central themes. As such, it is one of the most intense and focused plays Shakespeare wrote, and has also enjoyed a great amount of popularity from the Jacobean period to the present day.

    At first, Brabantio dismisses these cries in the dark; but when he realizes his daughter is not at home, he gives the news some credence. Though Roderigo speaks to Brabantio, Iago is there too, hidden, yelling unsavory things about Othello and his intentions toward Desdemona. Brabantio panics, and calls for a search party to find Desdemona. Iago leaves, not wanting anyone to find out that he betrayed his own leader.

    The relationship between Roderigo and Iago is obviously somewhat close. Iago hast had [Roderigo s] purse as if the strings were thine ; the metaphor shows how much trust Roderigo has in Iago, and also how he uses Iago as a confidante (I.i.2-3). Does Iago share the same kind of feeling? As far as Roderigo knows, Iago is his friend, but Iago reveals his manipulative nature in this first scene.

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    ChesterBarclay 18 Jan 2017 00:26

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    crazymouse508 18 Jan 2017 08:16

    At the end of Othello, Desdemona seems to be the most passive kind of victim. Smothered, deprived of breath and of words by her husband, she is totally overwhelmed by Othello’s insane jealousy and physical strength. But before her murder, Desdemona is remarkable for showing more passivity when her husband is not around and more assertiveness when he is.

    1. Discuss the role that race plays in Shakespeare’s portrayal of Othello. How do the other characters react to Othello’s skin color or to the fact that he is a Moor? How does Othello see himself?

    What would you get if you combined the psychological manipulations of Black Swan , the web of lies of Gone Girl , the insight into the horrors of racism of 12 Years A Slave , and the homoerotic tension of Top Gun ?

    a) A movie about a ballerina who frames her husband for murder, gets kidnapped and taken to New Orleans, and changes her name to Maverick, or.

    Othello is the first great black protagonist in Western literature. and he''s still one of the most famous (which is a big problem, and why you should set a goal to do a "read only non-white authors" month/year).

    But we digress. Shakespeare penned Othello with the same insane and still-fresh-centuries-later talent that he employed with his other tragic heroes (that''s Hamlet , King Lear and Macbeth , y''all).

    Desperate to cling to the security of his former identity as a soldier while his current identity as a lover crumbles, Othello begins to confuse the one with the other. His expression of his jealousy quickly devolves from the conventional “Farewell the tranquil mind” to the absurd:

    As she prepares for bed in Act V, Desdemona sings a song about a woman who is betrayed by her lover. She was taught the song by her mother’s maid, Barbary, who suffered a misfortune similar to that of the woman in the song; she even died singing “Willow.” The song’s lyrics suggest that both men and women are unfaithful to one another. To Desdemona, the song seems to represent a melancholy and resigned acceptance of her alienation from Othello’s affections, and singing it leads her to question Emilia about the nature and practice of infidelity.

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    Политобоз 18 Jan 2017 06:20

    How Iago manipulates all the characters and directs the course of events. How personal pride and reputation lead to their downfall (Cassio seeks Desdemona s assistance to get back in Othello s good graces after his demotion; Othello would rather kill his wife then have her affair exposed publicly and embarrass him).

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    yellowbear851 18 Jan 2017 00:05

    At the end of Othello, Desdemona seems to be the most passive kind of victim. Smothered, deprived of breath and of words by her husband, she is totally overwhelmed by Othello’s insane jealousy and physical strength. But before her murder, Desdemona is remarkable for showing more passivity when her husband is not around and more assertiveness when he is.

    1. Discuss the role that race plays in Shakespeare’s portrayal of Othello. How do the other characters react to Othello’s skin color or to the fact that he is a Moor? How does Othello see himself?

    What would you get if you combined the psychological manipulations of Black Swan , the web of lies of Gone Girl , the insight into the horrors of racism of 12 Years A Slave , and the homoerotic tension of Top Gun ?

    a) A movie about a ballerina who frames her husband for murder, gets kidnapped and taken to New Orleans, and changes her name to Maverick, or.

    Othello is the first great black protagonist in Western literature. and he''''''''''''''''s still one of the most famous (which is a big problem, and why you should set a goal to do a "read only non-white authors" month/year).

    But we digress. Shakespeare penned Othello with the same insane and still-fresh-centuries-later talent that he employed with his other tragic heroes (that''''''''''''''''s Hamlet , King Lear and Macbeth , y''''''''''''''''all).

    Desperate to cling to the security of his former identity as a soldier while his current identity as a lover crumbles, Othello begins to confuse the one with the other. His expression of his jealousy quickly devolves from the conventional “Farewell the tranquil mind” to the absurd:

    As she prepares for bed in Act V, Desdemona sings a song about a woman who is betrayed by her lover. She was taught the song by her mother’s maid, Barbary, who suffered a misfortune similar to that of the woman in the song; she even died singing “Willow.” The song’s lyrics suggest that both men and women are unfaithful to one another. To Desdemona, the song seems to represent a melancholy and resigned acceptance of her alienation from Othello’s affections, and singing it leads her to question Emilia about the nature and practice of infidelity.

    The plot of Shakespeare s Othello is largely taken from Giraldi Cinthio s Gli Hecatommithi , a tale of love, jealousy, and betrayal; however, the characters, themes, and attitudes of the two works are vastly different, with Shakespeare s play being a more involved study of human nature and psychology. One of the major deviations from the source, is the motivation of the Iago figure. Cithio s Iago was driven to revenge when Desdemona refused to have an affair with him; Iago s motivations are not nearly so plain in Shakespeare s version.

    Othello is considered to be a prime example of Aristotelian drama; it focuses upon a very small cast of characters, one of the smallest seen in Shakespeare s body of work, has few distractions from the main plot arc, and concentrates on just a few central themes. As such, it is one of the most intense and focused plays Shakespeare wrote, and has also enjoyed a great amount of popularity from the Jacobean period to the present day.

    At first, Brabantio dismisses these cries in the dark; but when he realizes his daughter is not at home, he gives the news some credence. Though Roderigo speaks to Brabantio, Iago is there too, hidden, yelling unsavory things about Othello and his intentions toward Desdemona. Brabantio panics, and calls for a search party to find Desdemona. Iago leaves, not wanting anyone to find out that he betrayed his own leader.

    The relationship between Roderigo and Iago is obviously somewhat close. Iago hast had [Roderigo s] purse as if the strings were thine ; the metaphor shows how much trust Roderigo has in Iago, and also how he uses Iago as a confidante (I.i.2-3). Does Iago share the same kind of feeling? As far as Roderigo knows, Iago is his friend, but Iago reveals his manipulative nature in this first scene.

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    bluekoala804 18 Jan 2017 09:18

    At the end of Othello, Desdemona seems to be the most passive kind of victim. Smothered, deprived of breath and of words by her husband, she is totally overwhelmed by Othello’s insane jealousy and physical strength. But before her murder, Desdemona is remarkable for showing more passivity when her husband is not around and more assertiveness when he is.

    1. Discuss the role that race plays in Shakespeare’s portrayal of Othello. How do the other characters react to Othello’s skin color or to the fact that he is a Moor? How does Othello see himself?

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    я๏x 18 Jan 2017 01:56

    At the end of Othello, Desdemona seems to be the most passive kind of victim. Smothered, deprived of breath and of words by her husband, she is totally overwhelmed by Othello’s insane jealousy and physical strength. But before her murder, Desdemona is remarkable for showing more passivity when her husband is not around and more assertiveness when he is.

    1. Discuss the role that race plays in Shakespeare’s portrayal of Othello. How do the other characters react to Othello’s skin color or to the fact that he is a Moor? How does Othello see himself?

    What would you get if you combined the psychological manipulations of Black Swan , the web of lies of Gone Girl , the insight into the horrors of racism of 12 Years A Slave , and the homoerotic tension of Top Gun ?

    a) A movie about a ballerina who frames her husband for murder, gets kidnapped and taken to New Orleans, and changes her name to Maverick, or.

    Othello is the first great black protagonist in Western literature. and he''''s still one of the most famous (which is a big problem, and why you should set a goal to do a "read only non-white authors" month/year).

    But we digress. Shakespeare penned Othello with the same insane and still-fresh-centuries-later talent that he employed with his other tragic heroes (that''''s Hamlet , King Lear and Macbeth , y''''all).

    Desperate to cling to the security of his former identity as a soldier while his current identity as a lover crumbles, Othello begins to confuse the one with the other. His expression of his jealousy quickly devolves from the conventional “Farewell the tranquil mind” to the absurd:

    As she prepares for bed in Act V, Desdemona sings a song about a woman who is betrayed by her lover. She was taught the song by her mother’s maid, Barbary, who suffered a misfortune similar to that of the woman in the song; she even died singing “Willow.” The song’s lyrics suggest that both men and women are unfaithful to one another. To Desdemona, the song seems to represent a melancholy and resigned acceptance of her alienation from Othello’s affections, and singing it leads her to question Emilia about the nature and practice of infidelity.

    The plot of Shakespeare s Othello is largely taken from Giraldi Cinthio s Gli Hecatommithi , a tale of love, jealousy, and betrayal; however, the characters, themes, and attitudes of the two works are vastly different, with Shakespeare s play being a more involved study of human nature and psychology. One of the major deviations from the source, is the motivation of the Iago figure. Cithio s Iago was driven to revenge when Desdemona refused to have an affair with him; Iago s motivations are not nearly so plain in Shakespeare s version.

    Othello is considered to be a prime example of Aristotelian drama; it focuses upon a very small cast of characters, one of the smallest seen in Shakespeare s body of work, has few distractions from the main plot arc, and concentrates on just a few central themes. As such, it is one of the most intense and focused plays Shakespeare wrote, and has also enjoyed a great amount of popularity from the Jacobean period to the present day.