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A Discussion Of Villains From The Texts Othello, Midsummer Night’s Dream, And Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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In a story, there will always be a villain or a protagonist, which makes the story what it is. Without the conflicts or problems that the villains start, there really wouldn’t be any stories, or if there were they would be boring because nothing dramatic would happen in them. William Shakespeare wrote many plays that had villains or protagonists in them, and because of this his plays were very appealing to the audience to sit and watch them. Some of the plays that Shakespeare wrote include the texts Othello, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet, all which have a villain or protagonist in the story line.
In Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago is the character that causes most of the problems in the play, and can be classified as the villain of the story. Iago is a character that is very jealous of Cassio and Othello because they hold positions that he believes he should have. He also believes that his wife has cheated on him with Othello. “Iago represents evil and cruelty for its own sake. He is deeply unpleasant and this is revealed to the audience in no uncertain terms in his numerous asides.” (Jameson) Iago is a character who acts different depending on what people he is around, obviously he is not going to say some of the same things when Othello or Cassio are around as he does when they are not there. “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram Is tupping your white ewe.”(1.1.91-92) Iago was very manipulative throughout the course of the play, and often got what he wanted by being this way. “Iago is consumed with envy and plots to steal the position he feels he most justly deserves. Iago deceives, steals, and kills to gain that position.” (Jarret) Iago is a classical type of villain that is the root of all problems, simply because of revenge.
Puck, or Robin Goodfellow, can be thought of as a villain even though he is not purposefully doing wrong in Shakespeare’s play Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puck is always the first one to mess something up, because he uses his abilities inappropriately. “Puck was pictured as a frightening creature with the head of an ass, or as a queer little figure, long and grotesque, or as a rough, hairy creature, or as the representation of the Greek god Pan, as in the above picture. As a shape-shifter, Puck had many appearances, and he used them to make mischief.” (Lopez) Puck is sent out to do something, that in nature is mischievous and he manages to mess everything up which causes chaos between the group of people until things get figured out. ““Up and down, up and down; I will lead them up and down; I am fear’d in field and town; Goblin, lead them up and down.”(1.1.397-400) Puck likes to mess with humans, because he thinks he is better than them, and he thinks he can do what he wants. “Puck uses magic for comic effect – most notably when he transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass!”...

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