Othello: A Web Of Deceit Essay

959 words - 4 pages

Othello: A Web of Deceit The theme of honesty, as well as its counterpart dishonesty, is inextricably woven throughout the plot of Othello. The villain Iago is the engineer of the ingenious misrepresentations on which the story centers. Every character falls tragically into his carefully contrived web of deceit. From the beginning, a virtually unconditional trust of Iago is forged among the characters. He is referred to time and time again as "honest" and "good." Othello once asks "Honest Iago, that looks dead with grieving, / Speak, who began this? On thy love, I charge thee" (2.3.178-179).* Shortly thereafter, Cassio tells him "Good night, honest Iago!" (2.3.336). Much later, Desdemona inquires of him "O good Iago, What shall I do to win my lord again?" (4.2.150-151). Iago gains this undeserved trust by taking full advantage of his knowledge of human nature, as well as each individual's shortcomings. In reference to Othello and Cassio, and with cunningly ambiguous pronoun usage, he says, He holds me well. The better shall my purpose work on him.To get his place and to plume up my will In double knavery: how? how? Let's see."“ Cassio's a proper man. Let me see now."“ After some time t'abuse Othello's ear That he is too familiar with his wife. He has a person and a smooth dispose To be suspected, fram'd to make women false; The Moor is a free and open nature too, That thinks men honest that but seem so, And will as tenderly be led by th'nose As asses are. (1.3.389-401) Iago is aware of Othello's inferiority complex, Cassio's loss of reason under intoxication, Roderigo's hopeless infatuation with Desdemona, Desdemona's naïve innocence, and he deviously employs each of these flaws in him scheme. Through his speech, Iago illustrates his machinations as a "web." This recurrent metaphor first...

Find Another Essay On Othello: A Web Of Deceit

A Feminist Perspective of Othello Essay

2534 words - 10 pages A Feminist Perspective of  Othello      Throughout the length of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello there is a steady undercurrent of sexism. It is originating from not one, but rather various male characters in the play, who manifest prejudicial, discriminatory attitudes toward women.   In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his hatred for the general Othello for his having chosen Michael Cassio for the lieutenancy, he

A Feminist Analysis of Othello

1816 words - 7 pages A Feminist Analysis of Othello   In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello there are numerous instances of obvious sexism aimed at the three women in the drama -- Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca – and aimed at womankind generally. Let us delve into this subject in this paper. In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses a scene which occurs late in the play and which is sexist: When Othello

A Feminist Reading of Othello

1151 words - 5 pages Question: Why is Othello relevant today?Othello is relevant today because of its ability to be interpreted from different perspectives and have different readings applied to it. One such reading is the Feminist reading.The opening scenes of Othello establish firm Gender identities, and a patriarchal context for the play. The Gender identities are established in the way Othello's speaks about of his wooing of Desdemona, where he says,"...her

A Brief History of Web Design

933 words - 4 pages 2-05-14 Graphic Design/Web Design A brief history of web design. Web design has a very young history is similar to other areas such as graphic design and computer science. Although web design is also seen as both. It has made a huge impact in people’s everyday lives. It is very difficult to see a Internet without pictures, different types of themes, and music. Since 2000 and later the web has become much more integrated into people's daily

A Critique of the Flu.gov Web Page

872 words - 3 pages EBSCOhost (UMI Order AAI3600969). Nagykaldi, Z., Calmbach, W., DeAlleaume, L., Temte, J., Mold, J., & Ryan, J., (2010). Facilitating patient self-management through telephony and web technologies in seasonal influenza. Informatics for Primary Care 18, 9-16. Thomas, M., & Ademolu, A., (2014). Considerations for vaccine administration in the emergency department. American Journal of Health System Pharmacy 71, 231-6.

A summary of "Othello" by William Shakespeare

1663 words - 7 pages Act1The setting of this play takes place in Venice. In beginning of the play Iago, a soldier under Othello's command, is arguing with Roderigo, a wealthy Venetian. Roderigo paid Iago a large sum of money to spy on Othello for him. Roderigo wants to take Othello's girlfriend/wife, Desdemona, as his own. Roderigo thinks that Iago has not been telling him enough about Desdemona and that Iago's loyalty is to Othello not him. Iago explains to

A Step Forward The advantages of Web-based conferencing

580 words - 2 pages Computer conferencing has stepped us forward into technology by making it possible for people to network across time and distance. Web conferencing uses a combination of voice communication and a network of computers to interact with different, multiple users. (Azuma) It enables us to instantly share our desktop with many people at the same time. Communication usually flows in one direction. Participants speak or listen (usually via telephone

Identification of designing a web page for your school

1836 words - 7 pages research we have realised that we are not going to create a newsletter, but a web page.Identification of Web Page project:The Internet is quickly becoming the fastest medium of communications with over 60 million users world wide. Recently, Q-tel. introduced its own server for Internet access. While this project is new and the Qtel file server can hold a very limited amount of customers at one time, the service is very cheap (QR6 per hour) and has

A Comparison of the Outcomes of Othello and King Lear

558 words - 2 pages perfect, already a realist, knowing, for instance, that he is safe from scandal because of his ability as a general.  The tragedy that befalls Othello cannot lead to any radically different awareness, and while Othello sees a few things more clearly is his death, such as his role in society, he is principally simply in despair.  Those who are furthest from the truth have the most to gain from the tragic cycle.     &nbsp

William Shakespeare's Othello as a Mirror of Man

2365 words - 9 pages Othello as a Mirror of Man       In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, the characters are symbolic of qualities found in every human. The main characters, Othello, Desdemona and Iago, are key examples of this. Othello is symbolic of jealousy and pride; Desdemona is symbolic of kindness and honesty and Iago is symbolic of deceit and selfishness. Shakespeare uses all of these traits to depict his characters in Othello and

The Villains of Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet

1138 words - 5 pages a number of Shakespeare plays the villain is a stereotyped character who does not fight against any feelings of remorse and, still more importantly, even enjoys his evil nature. (Osterried) The villains from Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet are similar because all have a conflict with a woman and have a goal in mind and will do anything to reach it, but different in the way their actions affect the outcome of the plot. To begin

Similar Essays

Web Of Deceit In Shakespeare's Othello

1066 words - 4 pages Web of Deceit in Othello   Shakespeare’s Othello portrays a process through which pure evil has an effect on love and morality. The character of Iago twists Othello into killing his wife, and eventually himself, through manipulating Othello’s trust and loyalty. Iago uses the handkerchief as a symbol through which Othello is convinced of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness. This handkerchief plays many roles throughout Othello. Because of

"Othello" By William Shakespere: Othello And The Wheel Of Deceit

570 words - 2 pages In "Othello", a most captivating work, Shakespeare brilliantly spun a web of lies and treachery which every character quickly became entangled in. Each character played an important role in propelling the wheel of deceit into motion. This can be seen specifically through the actions of Desdemona, Iago, and Othello.Desdemona, the fair, virtuous, and gentle wife of Othello is often considered to be guiltless in the play, since she was murdered by

A Web Of Worries Essay

977 words - 4 pages A Web of Worries Essay Every language has a web, woven together with words and expressions that are changing constantly. However, as language changes, artificial rules are imposed, creating what is known as a cobweb of worries. Linguists have discovered that certain styles are of speech are appropriate for certain situations. For example, while someone might speak in a colloquial way around friends and acquaintances, they will switch to more

A Summary Of Othello Essay

1897 words - 8 pages Written by William Shakespeare, “Othello” is a twisted tale of deceit and betrayal that turned a beautiful love into a murderous plot due to outside jealousy. The play begins in with Iago and Rodrigo arguing in Venice. Iago is a soldier who is under Othello’s command and Rodrigo has been paying him to spy on Othello because he wishes to be with Desdemona, Othello’s lover. Rodrigo believes that Iago is loyal to Othello and has not been keeping