Friday, May 31, 2019

Shakespeares Othello - Iago’s Motives Plus Othello’s Weaknesses Equals Tragedy :: GCSE English Literature Coursework

Iagos Motives Plus Othellos Weaknesses Equals Tragedy In some ways, Shakespeares play, Othello can be considered didactic as in the case in classical cataclysm, the heros falls arises as fault of a hamartia on his part, a fault which plagues humanity. In fact, throughout the work, Othello is revealed to have many more faults and weaknesses than a man of his stature should posses, providing a reason for his downfall. The works main protagonist, the calculative Iago, ultimately has his own reasons for his actions actions that, at first, might appear to be inherently evil and motiveless. A third variable here, the role of the setting, and its part in the tragedy also helps to explain the reasons for it. Through Iagos motives, and Othellos inherit weaknesses, the tragedy of the play is meaningful for the audience. By examining Iagos actions and his soliloquies the audience is able to discern that Iago does and then have motives for his actions, however weak they may be. Despite Iago recognising that indeed the moor is of a free and open nature (Oth Act 1 Sc. 3 ll. 381), he still does despise him. Iago has to be examined closer to discover his motives of course, he is jealous of Cassios appointment as Othellos lieutenant and this is an ultimate irony in itself as he later mocks Othello for his own jealousy, having succumbed to the green-eyed monster. There is also of course Iagos blatant racial slurs and hatred towards Othello, and his paranoia regarding the supposed unfaithfulness of his wife, And it is thought abroad that twixt my sheets hes done my office (Oth Act 1 Sc. 3 ll. 369-370). However, the latter excuse may seem less reasonable, considering that Iago also utters later that he believes that Cassio has also slept with his wife. Iagos attitude to the subject, contrasting with Othellos view of sex as a unifying force, is that it is something inherently dirty and revolting, change magnitude his paranoia . Iagos main vice however is his lust for power. U ltimately, his aim is not to rise to the rank of lieutenant, but to go as far as he is able to. This point is justified by his plotting not only against Cassio, the man who holds his coveted position, but Othello, the general of the Venetian army himself. Ultimately, Iago is surprised by how delicate it becomes to manipulate Othello and by the end of the play is even a little sorry for the ease at which his plan has come to fruition.

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