Niknejad Honesty in Othello by Shakespeare Othello by William Shakespeare has a wide range of themes including racism, the issue of gender and homosexuality; But the most important of all, and the most reoccurring theme in this play is honesty -with the sublime meaning of dishonesty- which is frequently reminded to the reader in dialogues. I will also hypothesis that contrary to lots of critics belief, Iago might not be an antagonist. He is not what the others think he is, or maybe he does not want to be what he is.
Each thing Iago says is cause for worry. He claims a reputation for honesty and plain speaking, yet he invents elaborate lies in order to exploit and manipulate other people.
He treats others as fools and has no time for tender emotion, yet he is a married man and presumably once loved his wife. He cares for no one, yet he devotes his whole life to revenge rather than walk away in disdain. Iago has a reputation for honesty, for reliability and direct speaking.
Othello and others in the play constantly refer to him as "honest Iago. In Iago, Shakespeare shows us a character who acts against his reputation. Possibly Iago was always a villain and confidence trickster who set up a false reputation for honesty, but how can one set up a reputation for honesty except by being consistently honest over a long period of time?
Alternatively he might be a man who used to be honest in the past, but has decided to abandon this virtue.
Shakespeare has built the character of Iago from an idea already existing in the theatrical culture of his time: In Exodus, God gives his laws to Moses on Mt.
Sinai, and Moses asks God his name. Iago is the opposite of God, that is, he is the Devil. Iago in this play, has the qualities of the Devil in medieval and Renaissance morality plays: Iago does all this not for any good reason, but for love of evil.
Iago is surrounded with bitter irony: He likes to have others unwittingly working to serve his purposes. But for all this, as his plot against Othello starts moving and gathering momentum, he loses control of it and must take real risks to prevent it from crashing. Iago is a man with an obsession for control and power over others who has let this obsession take over his whole life.
Necessity forces his hand, and, in order to destroy Othello, he must also destroy Roderigo, Emilia, Desdemona, and ultimately himself. He is quite or nearly indifferent to his own fate as to that of others; he runs all risks for a trifling and doubtful advantage, and is himself the dupe and victim of ruling passion — an insatiable craving after action of the most difficult and dangerous kind.
Be genial, sometimes jovial, always gentlemanly. Quick in motion as in thought; lithe and sinuous as a snake.OTHELLO.
The Moor of Venice. by: William Shakespeare. A. PLAYWRIGHT BIOGRAPHY William Shakespeare (26 April – 23 April )was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.
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