Othello

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  • Hey! How is school going? Read anything good lately?
  • Whoh that is deep. Is there an example that the author uses so you had a better understanding of what he meant?
  • School has been going great! In English class we had to read through Shakespeare's play Othello. After reading it, I read this very interesting critical analysis where the author talked about the main characters being "ironists".
  • Oh that is interesting! Do you agree with the author?
  • Yes I do! The author gave me a new perspective on the main characters Othello and Iago and how they used their ironic abilities against one another in order to weaken that character.
  • OMG I never thought about it that way! What else did it say?
  • Throughout the play it was the back and fourth between the characters of who over powered the other with their irony. The author of the critical analysis brought to my attention, that the only reason Iago was able to find his way to Othello's heart was by looking within his own.
  • Iago keeps his friends close but his enemies even closer. Iago "contrives his life to appear other than it is- cold blooded, self-seeking, and obsessed with envy". He uses this against Othello especially when he is already weak and his power has already been diminished.
  • Here, I'll give you an example from the play. Iago manipulates Othello into killing Desdemona for revenge. Othello says, "by yond marble Heaven, In the due reverence of a sacred vow." and Iago then proposed he strangle her "in the bed she hath contaminated," Then right at this part Othello succumbed to Iago's power and said, "Good, good. The justice as it pleases."
  • The author is totally right! I never did think about it in that perspective!
  • So what happened in the last two acts of the play?
  • It is a crazy ending to say the least. So in Act 4 Iago is still pushing Othello to believe that Desdemona cheated on him with Cassio and Othello really starts to believe it when Iago sets up Cassio to talk about the prostitute Bianca but from Othello it looks like Cassio is talking about Desdemona so Othello is furious and wants both Desdemona and Cassio dead. So Othello has Rodrigo and Iago go while he strangles Desdemona in bed. In short Iago kills Rodrigo and only Cassio is injured. Emilia goes to see what is going on with Othello but Desdemona is dead and Emilia reveals all of Iago's plans and then Iago kills Emilia. And to end it Othello kills himself because he just feels so bad.
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