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Othello Critical Essay

1084 words - 5 pages

“Othello” by William Shakespeare is a classic tragedy in which Othello the protagonist is exploited using his flaws by the clever antagonist of the play ‘Iago’. Othello’s jealousy and credulousness had caused him to be exploited which caused him to change essentially impacting everyone around him, physically and emotionally.
Iago is telling Othello not to think about what he has said and is trying to warn him about jealousy.
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock ...view middle of the document...

I am abused, and my relief Must be to loathe her. “
Othello’s insecurities are revealed now due his jealousy getting slowly out of hand, he reflects upon his heritage and if that maybe why Desdemona is being unfaithful to him. He starts to think that Desdemona could love him as he doesn’t have soft speech and all the other qualities. Othello now starts to believe that Desdemona cannot love him and is turning to the idea that she is deceivng him. This is a big jump from suspicions to anger which is due to Othello’s own insecurities. Othello is always in extremes and this is shown her, if one thing he believes is false he goes to other option and thinks of that as certain and right and goes upon that. This is going to affect others as now he is getting angrier at Desdemona, he could possibly harm her.
Iago tells Othello that he saw Cassio wiping his beard with the handkerchief. Othello is now infuriated and having thoughts of murder .
“O, blood, blood, blood!”
Iago as manipulated Othello by using his jealousy which has deteriorated his language from the beautiful images, the eloquence and the language he used to express himself to mere monosyllabic utterances. The language is becoming less and less articulate. Othello’s use of imagery is decreasing and becoming infrequent. He is losing control over himself and everyone around him and this represents a significant change in Othello’s power, thought and control. This big change in Othello is signified by the deterioration, and meaningless repetition in his speech. This is all caused by Othello’s jealousy talking over him due to his credulousness by believing Iago as honest.
Othello enters the room with a light, deciding to kill Desdemona for justice. He finds it difficult to kill her as she is irresistible to him.
"If I quench thee, thou flaming minister, I can again thy former light restore, Should I repent me; but once put out the light, Thou cunning’st pattern of excelling nature, I know not where is that Promethean heat That can the light relume.”
A ‘minister’ is a servant who follows the orders of his master, in this sense the flaming minister is the ‘candle’ who has to follow Othello, who is at his...

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