Essay on Othello, By William Shakespeare

2181 Words Dec 8th, 2014 9 Pages
In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, the author’s attitudes and observations toward women become apparent through the words and actions of female characters. This tragedy touches on different aspects such as jealousy, revenge, and manipulation. The author also reflects on different social and moral values of the female characters within the play. Othello, a historical fiction sets in Venice amidst the Elizabethan time period. Act One Scene One opens with dialogue between “honest” Iago and Roderigo. Iago, Othello’s ensign and a military veteran, becomes angered because Othello passed Iago for a promotion as lieutenant. Instead, Othello administered the position to Michael Cassio, a highly educated man, but inexperienced in battle. This rejection sets the atmosphere for the ensign’s motivation in the drama. I Although angered with the Moor, Iago promises to stay loyal but only to benefit himself.
After Iago and Roderigo learn of the marriage between the beautiful and pure Desdemona and the Moor, the two men intend to tell Brabantio, Desdemona’s father. Iago begins by telling Brabantio of a robbery, referring to Desdemona as her father’s property.Brabantio became furious when learning his daughter and Othello eloped not only because Desdemona rebelled, but because Othello stands as an older black man. Brabantio sets off to find Othello and his delicate daughter.
Act One Scene Two begins with Othello, and Iago, pretending to be loyal, warning Othello of Brabantio’s…

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