Imagery within the Tragedy Othello Essay

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Imagery within the Tragedy Othello

The grand variety of imagery in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello serves many purposes. Let us in this paper consider the types and purposes of the imagery.

In her book, Everybody’s Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies, Maynard Mack comments on the imagery of darkness and how it supports the evil schemes of the ancient:

Just now, however, as we listen to his plans evolve, the darkness seems chiefly to be Iago’s element. In the darkness of this Venetian street, he moves to disrupt Othello’s marriage if he can. Later, in the darkness of a street in Cyprus, he will close his trap on Cassio, involving him in a scuffle that will cost him his lieutenancy.
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Meanwhile, Iago, in his answer to Cassio’s question about the general, refers again to money as the motivating force in Othello’s marriage to Desdemona: “Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land carack: / If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever.” After Brabantio and his search party have reached the

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