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Iago in Othello
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A 5 page essay that examines the various methods that Iago uses to poison Othello mind against Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello. The writer argues that a psychological perspective is illuminating in studying this aspect of the play. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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William Shakespeare’s Protagonist Othello as a Tragic Hero
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A 5 page paper which examines how Othello represents the concept of the tragic hero, by considering four specific criteria – superiority (in terms of courage, strength and loyalty), taking responsibility (leading the fight against the Turks and marrying for love), struggles (with society, with others, within himself), and jealousy as Othello’s tragic flaw. No additional sources are used.
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Othello / Innocence Corrupted
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A 5 page analysis of Shakespeare's "Othello," in which the writer examines the way in which Iago corrupts and destroys the love of Othello and Desdemona. The writer argues that Iago convinces Othello of Desdemona's betrayal by reconstructing reality and thereby distorting Othello's perception. No additional sources cited.
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Othello & Renaissance Humanism
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Othello & Renaissance Humanism : A 3 page essay, -- using quotes from the original play-- which describes Shakespeare's 'Othello' as a work typical of the Renaissance's emphasis on humanism. The writer discusses the development of Othello's character and the underlying themes of outsider prejudice which run throughout the story. No Bibliography. Othelrel.wps
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Shakespeare for the 90s? Oliver Parker's Othello
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A 6 page review of the latest movie version of Othello, starring Laurence Fishburne as Othello and Kenneth Branagh as Othello. The paper notes that Parker cut and altered much of Shakespeare's dialogue and changed the very slant of the film in a quest for "relevance"; it questions whether Shakespeare would not have been better presented in a manner more faithful to the playwright's vision. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Sophocles' Oedipus & Shakespeare's Othello / Use of Irony
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A 5 page research paper that compares the use of irony in Shakespeare's 'Othello' and Sophocles' 'Oedipus Rex.' Both Othello and Oedipus, two of history's greatest tragedies, have irony as a key ingredient to their make-up. In each case, pride overcomes other human emotions and this quality, even more then jealousy in the case of Othello, can be argued as the tragic flaw that causes the downfall of each protagonist. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Life As Wife; Desdemona In Othello, Nora In A Doll's House: Nora, the female protagonist in The Doll House, shares many of the characteristics of Desdemona, the wife of Othello in the Shakespearean play
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She is also in a marriage defined by the husband's position of authority and she has a strength of character that allows her to go against the wishes of the authority figure in her life. Unlike Desdemona, Nora refuses to go quietly to her ruin. Where Othello takes the life of his wife, the institution of marriage takes Nora's identity. The final piece to the puzzle comes to Nora as the realization that she has no legitimate name of her own, that she is unable to use either her married name or the name of her father to borrow money. She is nameless, symbolically stripped of her identity and in reality denied power over herself. The marriage, rather than Nora, dies. This 5 page paper examines the differences and similarities of the roles portrayed by these two women. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Machiavelli's 'The Prince' vs. Shakespeare's 'Othello'
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7 pages in length. A comparative analysis between Machievelli's 'The Prince' and Shakespeare's 'Othello' in which the writer examines each work in light of their respective eras and sociocultural issues. It is concluded that in 'Othello,' the author seems to cry out for a different kind of sovereignty than in 'The Prince.' Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Othello's Tragedy / Irony
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A 5 page paper that provides an overview of the major elements of irony in Shakespeare's Othello, with a concentration on tragic irony related to Othello's character flaw, and dramatic irony. No additional sources cited.
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Othello's Iago vs. King Lear's Edmund
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A well-written 3 page essay in which the writer compares Iago and Edmund as two villainous characters-- neither of them at all admirable. Parallels are drawn between the two and sufficient evidence is given to support the thesis that we should not sympathize with either one of them. No Bibliography.
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The Spiritual Disintegration Of 'Othello'
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This 6 page research paper charts the spiritual disintegration of Othello in the Shakespearean play, The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Analysis of Othello’s Speech in Act V, Scene II
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A 2 page paper which critically analyzes Othello’s speech in the climactic scene in Act V, Scene II, of William Shakespeare's tragic play, "Othello."
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Hamlet & Othello, Shakespeare's Response to Women through Female Characters
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In 8 pages the author discusses Shakespeare's response to women through female characters in "Hamlet" and "Othello". "It is interesting to note the role of women in William Shakespeare's plays. Many of them are two-dimensional. They portrayals of subservient women. It is only in the close examination of his works that one is able to suppose his intent in creating characters that inspire that type of controversy. Two works, 'Hamlet' and 'Othello' stand out particularly well in regards to Shakespeare's use of female characters. Examination of these two plays, will show that Shakespeare, circumvented them by creating resolute female characters with a strong sense of self, although conforming to the contemporary attitudes of women at the same time." Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Othello / The Shakespearean Original vs. Today's Movie Versions
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An 8 page paper that reflects a comparison of the characters of Iago, Othello and Desdemona in the movie adaptations of Othello, including those by Parker, Suzman and Welles.
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Othello / In Defense Of His Character
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A 9 page essay in which the writer takes the position that Othello was an honest, noble, brave man accustomed to straightforwardness. Given his background, he was easily fooled by the manipulative Iago. His innocence of the world is to be respected rather than criticized. Othello had no way of knowing about women and domestic life ... Bibliography is included.
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Oedipus And Othello: Protagonists As Tragic Figures
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5 pages in length. As protagonists, both Oedipus and Othello ultimately ended up as tragic figures as a direct result of their inability to alter the course of their lives. Defining this particular concept calls for one's close interpretation of what the protagonist's role truly represents; with that, it becomes quite simple to understand how the lead characters can so easily slip into the tragic state they eventually inhabit. Through their difficult and sometimes life-changing experiences, both Oedipus and Othello come to recognize what it is their own self-knowledge has gained through their struggles. When assessing the integral components that comprised each character, it is important to determine just how much of their actions were motivated by fate or free will; summation of all applicable elements will likely lead one to conclude that determinism played a more significant role. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Othello and the Structure of Tragedy
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A 6 page paper which first defines tragedy and demonstrates how Shakespeare's Othello fits the pattern, then looks at the play in terms of its classic dramatic structure. After discussing what type of action belongs in each phase of the dramatic structure -- setup, complication, climax, and resolution -- the paper shows where these occur in Othello. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Aspects of Race in Othello
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This 5 page paper considers the portrayal and interpretation of Othello as a moor. Blackness is seen on different levels, with Othello being anything from a noble savage to a black devil. The paper considers this and goes on to place in into context of the society in which it was first performed by looking at the 'masque hall'. The bibliography cites 5 sources.
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Comparison and Contrast of Themes of Manipulation of Weakness, the Vulnerability of the Foreigner, and the Wearing of Masks in William Shakespeare's "Othello" and David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly"
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A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the themes manipulation of weakness and the wearing of masks in William Shakespeare's play, "The Tragedy of Othello" and David Henry Hwang's play, "M. Butterfly." Specifically considered are how Othello and Rene Gallimard are vulnerable because of their status as foreigners, how they attempt to mask these vulnerabilities, but are nevertheless easily manipulated, and how the exposure of the illusion contributes to their respective downfalls. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Characterization in Shakespeare’s “Othello”
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A five page paper illustrating the manner in which Shakespeare used the characterization of his protagonist to inevitably unfold the plot. The paper asserts that much as we would like to believe that Othello’s life would have been just fine without Iago, in truth it was Othello’s terrible personal insecurity, together with a nature more at home in the heat of battle than in the warmth of family, that led him inevitably to his downfall. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Othello / In The Tradition Of The Renaissance
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A 3 page essay on the play 'Othello' and how it related both to Shakespeare himself and to the Renaissance period. Examples of themes introduced in the story are used to illustrate how Othello was both a hero and outsider... different, yet acceptable, -- and thus, an exemplary figure from Renaissance literature. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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William Shakespeare's "Othello": Reality In Comedy
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5 pages in length. In the comedies, appearances and reality are manipulated for comic effect; in "Othello," the audience is presented with the tragic implications of being in a world where appearances are at odds with reality. One can readily surmise that this aspect is particularly apparent, inasmuch as Iago is a villain who only appears to be 'honest,' while Othello is a trusting sort who believes that men are intrinsically honest even if they seem not to be so. The writer discusses how this reciprocation of actual characteristics lends to the audience's enjoyment as social and political hypocrisy is presented in a most outwardly entertaining manner. No additional sources cited.
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Othello Compared With Antigone
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6 pages in length. A comparison between Shakespeare's 'Othello' and Sophocles 'Oedipus Trilogy' in which the writer interprets themes from both stories and finds reason to assert that Othello and Antigone were both very much alike in that they were essentially outsiders, -- alienated from a group. Both characters endured grave emotional drama and sought only truth & justice -- but to no avail. No Bibliography.
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In Defense of Othello
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A 7 page report that analyzes the nature of Othello, the main character in Shakespeare's famous tragedy of the same name. The rationale behind Othello's brutal murder of his wife, Desdemona, is examined from the psychological and sociological perspectives. Bibliography lists 7 cited sources.
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Othello / Short Essay Answers
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7 pages worth of short answer responses to questions on Shakespeare's "Othello" including character discussions of Dedemona, Othello, and Iago. Insightful observations are made. No Bibliography.
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Othello & Renaissance Humanism
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A 3 page essay, -- using quotes from the original play-- which describes Shakespeare's 'Othello' as a work typical of the Renaissance's emphasis on humanism. The writer discusses the development of Othello's character and the underlying themes of outsider prejudice which run throughout the story. No Bibliography.
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Othello, The Tragic Hero
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In 5 pages the writer discusses William Shakespeare's character of Othello and posits that he is a classic example of a definitive tragic hero. Othello is a definitive tragic hero. He has an element of supernatural, since he was accused of bewitching. He traveled and had many struggles. He had personal grievances against Desdemona, who was his love interest, and Cassio whom he had made lieutenant. His tragic flaw was his gullibility in believing Iago. As a tragic hero his ultimate sacrifice is himself: In his suicide he exhibits virtue. No additional sources cited.
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Othello
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"Thou hast not half the power to do me harm/As I have to be hurt" (5.2 169-70) This 5 page paper will examine this remarkable statement by Emilia. No bibliography listed. .
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Othello As An Honest, Admirable, and Unchanged Character
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A 1 page essay discussing how Othello's last words in the play indicate the he was indeed the same man he had been at the beginning of the story -- his character unchanged. The writer sees Othello as a character worthy of our sympathy-- for he acknowledges his own mistakes & flaws as he takes his own life, yet he never asks for forgiveness. No Bibliography.
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Shakespeare’s “Othello” -- Act One, Scene Three
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This 5 page report discusses the scene in which Othello goes with Desdemona’s father before the Venetian council to be accused of having “stolen” Desdemona away from her father. The scene establishes the Duke’s and council members’ respect for Othello, the love that exists between Othello and Desdemona, the foolishness of Brabantio, and, of course, the determination of Iago to destroy the couple. It serves as an excellent example of how one scene furthers the action of the entire play. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Why Did Othello Kill Desdemona?
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This 5 page report discusses the fact that there were a number of reasons that Shakespeare’s Othello killed his wife. Jealousy, idealism, revenge, control and stupidity all serve as just part of the reason Othello acted so blindly. The reasons that have been suggested as the basis for Othello’s murder of Desdemona all exist but are only singular characteristics of the larger circumstances that drove him over the proverbial “edge.” In fact, Desdemona’s respectful and submissive demeanor towards Othello actually contributes to her death. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Michael MacLiammor Plays Iago.
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(5 pp) In the Orson Welles' 1952 film, Othello begins where it should end, with the funeral procession for Othello and Desdemona The horizontal Othello and Desdemona are glimpsed between the tall vertical spears of armored soldiers, other times in long shot. Then viewed from an overhead, probably a crane shot, suddenly there is a wretched man, a rope around his neck, being dragged through the crowd toward a cruel and savage-looking cage. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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“Desdemona and the patriarchy in ‘Othello’”
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A paper which looks at the way in which both Othello and Desdemona become victims of the constraints of the patriarchal system in ‘Othello’ and how this is a major contribution to the tragedy which eventually befalls them both. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Shakespeare’s “Othello” and Desdemona’s Handkerchief
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This 5 page report discusses Shakespeare’s use of Desdemona's handkerchief in the tragic story of Othello. In fact, Desdemona's handkerchief itself appears to exert unusual powers. Othello sees the handkerchief as proof of Desdemona's adultery, and without that proof Iago's plots would mean nothing. The handkerchief's three appearances pull the play's six most important characters into an unavoidable tragedy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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“Othello and Sonnet 87”
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A five page paper which looks at the theme of jealousy in Shakespeare’s Othello, and contrasts it with the more mature and rational perspective on emotional relationships which is demonstrated in sonnet 87 (Farewell, thou art too dear …) Bibliography lists 2 sources
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Portrayal of Women in William Shakespeare's "Othello"
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A 5 page paper which considers whether women are depicted as objects of male lust and gratification, or if they are complex individuals whose needs are frustrated in a male-dominated world. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Iago's Use of Language: Othello
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A 5 page paper which discusses how the character of Iago is often very slippery in his use of language and uses it to undermine or essentially destroy the stability of the play. He does this by undermining what we perceive to be honor, reputation, and love within the play. No additional sources cited.
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Shakespeare Put to Music
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A 5 page paper which examines the whether or not the musical works of Verdi's 'Macbeth' and 'Otello' ('Othello'), Mendelssohn's incidental music for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Tchaikovsky's fantasy overture and incidental music for 'Hamlet,' and Cole Porter's 1948 musical, 'Kiss Me, Kate' (based on 'The Taming of the Shrew') capture the quality and mood of the Shakespeare plays which inspired them, or merely echo their plots. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Keys to Shakespearean Conflict
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(10 pp) In any tragedy, it is tension or conflict which keeps the play moving. Modern jargon would call it "spin" and "counterspin." In this discussion we will compare the sources of conflict in two plays, Othello and Macbeth. Iago and Lady Macbeth are our major obessives, the first prompted by frustration with being passed over in military command, and the second with a compulsive need for power and title.
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Austen's 'Pride & Prejudice' vs. Shakespeare's 'Othello'/ Mystery & Revelation
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A 6 page paper comparing William Shakespeare's Othello and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The basis for comparison is the authors' treatment of the theme of deception and revelation in these two works. The paper concludes that while the same motif -- misplaced trust -- is treated in both works, the difference lies in one author's view of the situation as comic and redeemable and the other as tragic and doomed. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Themes of Racism in Othello
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This 5 page paper addresses the problem of racism in America by examining the same theme in Shakespeare's Othello. The OJ Simpson case is viewed as a modern day situation that bears similarities to the plot of Othello. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Othello / How Important it is to Make Informed Decisions
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In 5 pages, the author discusses the importance of informed decisions in William Shakespeare’s “Othello.” No other sources are cited.
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Dramatic Structures and Themes of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' 'Othello' & 'King Lear'
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A 5 page paper which compares the relationships between the themes and dramatic structures of three of William Shakespeare's most popular plays, Hamlet, Othello and King Lear. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Othello - Analysis Of Symbolism
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This 5 page research paper examines the use of symbolism in the Shakespearean play, The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice through use of examples and quotes. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Character of Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello"
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6 pages in length. Specifically titled : "A.C. Bradley Vs. S.T. Coleridge : A Difference of Opinions Concerning the Character of Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello."" The writer of this essay analytically compares the opinions of two well-known critics on Iago's character. The two sources utilized are fully-cited in bibliography.
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Loving in Othello, Hard Times & Sula
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A 6 page essay that compares the heroines from Shakespeare's Othello, Dickens' Hard Times, and Morrison's Sula. The writer discusses the various ways that these women love and what this reflects on their eras and social influences. No additional sources cited.
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Love and Distrust in Shakespeare's "Othello"
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A five page paper looking at the unhappy relationships in this classic tragedy by William Shakespeare. After analyzing the relationships of Othello and Desdemona, Desdemona and Roderigo, Cassio and Bianca, and Iago and Emelia, the paper concludes that love founded on distrust is doomed to failure, because communication and trust are the most important elements in a relationship. No additional sources.
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Dramatic Poetry and Direct Prose in Shakespeare’s “Othello”
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A seven page paper analyzing Shakespeare’s use of language in this classic play. The paper shows how “good” characters tend to speak in iambic pentameter and “evil” ones in prose, and demonstrates that as his character degenerates, Othello’s verse style becomes increasingly more prosaic. Bibliography lists nine sources.
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Dramatic Structures and Themes of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “Othello” & “King Lear”
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A 5 page paper which compares the relationships between the themes and dramatic structures of three of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, "Hamlet," "Othello" and "King Lear." Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Othello: Passage Interpretation
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2 pages in length. The writer analyzes a passage from Othello in relation to diction, metaphor, tone and psychology. No additional sources cited.
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Shakespeare’s Othello – Issues of Race
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This 8 page report discusses Shakespeare’s story of “the dark Moor,” his betrayal by Iago, his own self-doubt, and his eventual madness. The primary focus of the paper is the issue of race in the play. The writer points out that it is important to keep in mind that it is the depiction of human difference in “Othello” that is its defining characteristic, not the depiction of the differences in race. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Willow Scene / Comparison of Three Versions of Othello, Act IV, Scene 3
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In 5 pages, the author compares the Willow scene in three versions of Othello, Act IV, Scene 3, by using the version by William Shakespeare, the version by Rossini and Verdi's version for the comparisons. No additional sources cited.
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Answers to Study Questions For William Shakespeare's "Othello"
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A 12 page paper which provides answers to study questions for William Shakespeare's tragic play, "Othello." The answers are broken down by act, and cover the play's theme, characters, setting, imagery and symbolism. No additional sources are used.
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Othello: Act I, Scene III
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Othello, The Moor Of Venice is perhaps the best of Shakespeare's tragedies. This 6 page paper argues that act I, scene III is the pivotal scene wherein the characters are explored as well as the roles they will play in the culmination of tragedy. No additional sources are listed.
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'Hamlet' and 'Othello' / Themes of Friendship & Betrayal
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This 5 page research paper discusses how the themes of friendship and betrayal are expressed in the William Shakespeare plays, Hamlet and Othello. Specifically discussed are how each theme is defined, developed and resolved (or not) over the course of each play among the different characters, and the images which further reinforces the themes. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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A Comparison of Themes In Hamlet and Othello
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This five-page-paper compares the similar theme of betrayal that runs constantly through the Shakespearean plays Hamlet and Othello. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Hamlet & Othello / The Men
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A 5 page paper examining the main characters, Hamlet and Othello, of the same titled plays by Shakespeare. Both men, while coming from different backgrounds and holding different titles, are essentially made of the same stuff. They are bold and brave men who are full of passion and strength. They are good men with powerful morals. They know what is right and they fight for the truth and also for love. No additional sources cited.
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Scholarly Interpretations of Shakespeare's Othello
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This 10 page paper provides an overview of the modern scholarly interpretations of Othello since the 1950s, considering whether consensus has been reached by these scholars. This paper then goes on to consider the stage history of the play in England, Canada and the United States in order to gain some insight into the performances of the play and their popularity. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Comparison and Contrast Between William Shakespeare's Villains Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" and Iago in "Othello"
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A 10 page paper which compares and contrasts two of William Shakespeare's most memorable villains, Shylock in the comedy, "The Merchant of Venice," and Iago in the tragedy, "Othello." Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Shakespeare's Othello / Social Values: Interracial Marriage
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In 5 pages the author discusses social values in Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice" such as interracial marriage and how it was viewed in Shakespeare's time, as well as how those views are reflected in the play. Further discussed is society's view of interracial marriage today. The question of how the play might be portrayed if it were written today is answered. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Theme of Jealousy in 'Othello'
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An 8 page paper (+ 1 page Roman numeral outline) which provides support of an argument on the modulations of jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello, and how it emerged from the action at the beginning, and was subsequently expressed in the middle and at the end of the play. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Shakespeare's Life and the Characterization of Othello
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A 6 page paper examining Shakespeare's life and career and discussing how his life events impacted his writing. It also looks in particular at one of Shakespeare's mature tragedies, Othello, and determines how the characterizations introduced in the first act drive the remainder of the play. The original Shakespearean play and Orson Welles' film version are cited.
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Desdemona (Othello) Vs. Penelope (The Odyssey)
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A thoughtful 3 page essay comparing the character of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello with Penelope in Homer's Odyssey. Desdemona is regarded as being more of a simple person-- madly in love and fairly ignorant to the world around her. Penelope, however, was able to become a strong and triumphant woman..exhibiting more savvy and self-will. No Bibliography.
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Appearances and Reality in 'Othello' and 'Oedipus the King'
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A 3 page paper which examines the protagonist's ability to determine between appearances and reality as differently presented in William Shakespeare's Othello and Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Illustrations From Three Shakespeare Plays / Othello, Hamlet & Coriolanus
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In 5 pages, the writer takes illustrations from three plays: Othello, Hamlet, & Coriolanus and analyzes them with regard to the "presentational theater" according to Russ McDonald. No additional sources cited.
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Othello and Paradise Lost: Husbands and Wives
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A 5 page paper which the role of husbands and wives in the stories “Othello” and “Paradise Lost.” The paper argues that the relationships in the stories are not really any different than relationships we see, or experience, today. One story is of a jealous husband, and the other is about blind love. No additional sources cited.
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The Representation of the Seven Deadly Sins in William Shakespeare's "Othello"
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A 10 page paper which examines how the seven deadly sins of anger, gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, envy (jealousy), and pride are represented in William Shakespeare's tragic play, "Othello," with Iago serving as the catalyst who instigates each. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Theme of Jealousy in 'Othello'
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An 8 page paper (+ 1 page Roman numeral outline) which provides support of an argument on the modulations of jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello, and how it emerged from the action at the beginning, and was subsequently expressed in the middle and at the end of the play. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Shakespeare's Life and the Characterization of Othello
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A 6 page paper examining Shakespeare's life and career and discussing how his life events impacted his writing. It also looks in particular at one of Shakespeare's mature tragedies, Othello, and determines how the characterizations introduced in the first act drive the remainder of the play. The original Shakespearean play and Orson Welles' film version are cited.
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Desdemona (Othello) Vs. Penelope (The Odyssey)
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A thoughtful 3 page essay comparing the character of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello with Penelope in Homer's Odyssey. Desdemona is regarded as being more of a simple person-- madly in love and fairly ignorant to the world around her. Penelope, however, was able to become a strong and triumphant woman..exhibiting more savvy and self-will. No Bibliography.
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Appearances and Reality in 'Othello' and 'Oedipus the King'
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A 3 page paper which examines the protagonist's ability to determine between appearances and reality as differently presented in William Shakespeare's Othello and Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Illustrations From Three Shakespeare Plays / Othello, Hamlet & Coriolanus
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In 5 pages, the writer takes illustrations from three plays: Othello, Hamlet, & Coriolanus and analyzes them with regard to the "presentational theater" according to Russ McDonald. No additional sources cited.
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Othello and Paradise Lost: Husbands and Wives
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A 5 page paper which the role of husbands and wives in the stories “Othello” and “Paradise Lost.” The paper argues that the relationships in the stories are not really any different than relationships we see, or experience, today. One story is of a jealous husband, and the other is about blind love. No additional sources cited.
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The Representation of the Seven Deadly Sins in William Shakespeare's "Othello"
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A 10 page paper which examines how the seven deadly sins of anger, gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, envy (jealousy), and pride are represented in William Shakespeare's tragic play, "Othello," with Iago serving as the catalyst who instigates each. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Shakespeare's Othello/Link Between Sex & Money
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In 6 pages, the author discusses the link between sex and money in Shakespeare's "Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice." This play is filled with an underlying theme of sexuality. Social class and race had a bearing on love, marriage, and sex in this play. No sources cited.
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Comparing and Contrasting William Shakespeare's Play, "Othello" With Oliver Parker's 1995 Film Adaptation
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A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts William Shakespeare's play, "Othello" with director Oliver Parker's 1995 film adaptation. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Racial Theme in Shakespeare's Othello
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This 3 page paper delves into Shakespeare's Othello and examines the importance of the racial component. The symbolic nature of interracial marriage is touched on as is the timeless nature of this intriguing work. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Love as the Tragic Flaw in William Shakespeare's "Othello"
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A 5 page paper which examines how Othello's excessive love for Desdemona led to his own downfall. No additional sources are used.
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The Importance of Irony in Shakespeare’s Othello
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A five page paper which looks at the use of dramatic irony in Shakespeare’s Othello and how it is used to further the development of the plot, particularly in relation to the character of Iago and his interaction with the other protagonists. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Connections: Othello and Much Ado About Nothing.
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(5 pp) Would you think that an author who wrote a lot might start repeating himself, or would you guess that if an author writes bout the quality of the human condition, that certain elements are bound to repeat. If you guessed the last of the two thoughts you would be closer to a connection between the two Shakespearean plays Othello and Much Ado About Nothing.
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Michael MacLiammor Plays Iago
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(5 pp) In the Orson Welles' 1952 film, Othello begins where it should end, with the funeral procession for Othello and Desdemona The horizontal Othello and Desdemona are glimpsed between the tall vertical spears of armored soldiers, other times in long shot. Then viewed from an overhead, probably a crane shot, suddenly there is a wretched man, a rope around his neck, being dragged through the crowd toward a heavy and primitve-looking cage. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Social Issues in “Othello” and “The Bluest Eye”
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A five page paper looking at these two works by William Shakespeare and Toni Morrison respectively, dealing with their treatment of social issues such as racism, both in the Elizabethan era and today. The paper shows that what the two protagonists have in common is the degree to which they have internalized their society’s racist impressions of them, and allowed it to corrode their own self-image.
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Othello's Iago vs. King Lear's Edmund
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A well-written 3 page essay in which the writer compares Iago and Edmund as two villainous characters-- neither of them at all admirable. Parallels are drawn between the two and sufficient evidence is given to support the thesis that we should not sympathize with either one of them. No Bibliography.
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Sexuality In Othello, Hamlet, And Anthony & Cleopatra
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A 12 page paper describing Shakespeare's use of sexuality in three of his plays. The writer explores the themes of incest, adultery, interracial love, and obsession. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Dying for Love in Dante's "Inferno" and Shakespeare's "Othello"
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A five page paper looking at two female characters from these works by Dante Alighieri and William Shakespeare in terms of their submissiveness to the principle of love. The paper concludes that in Dante, Francesca's poignant defense of her adultery actually redeems her to modern readers; while Desdemona's total submissiveness -- which Shakespeare seems to have considered her greatest virtue -- seems to us her most damning quality. Bibliography lists five sources.
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William Shakespeare's "Othello" And Robert Browning's "Porphyria's Lover": Aspects Of Love And Relationship
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5 pages in length. The aspects of love and relationship are vast and far-reaching within the literary boundaries of William Shakespeare's "Othello" and Robert Browning's "Porphyria's Lover." While both writers equally address each aspect, the manner by which they do so does not mirror the other; rather, Browning's treatment is significantly more traditional when compared to Shakespeare's decidedly more unconventional. No additional sources cited.
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Is Shakespeare's "Othello" Outdated?
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A five page paper looking at this play by William Shakespeare in terms of two factors which cause modern readers some difficulties: feminism and religion. Specifically, Shakespeare's presentation of female submissiveness versus female autonomy, and traditional Christianity versus humanism, reflect a society which is much different than ours. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Socially Subservient -- The Women of “Othello,” “A Doll’s House,” and “The Great Gatsby”
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This 6 page report discusses the socially subservient roles of women in theses three works of literature. Throughout history, it has been men’s perceptions regarding the women they love that have defined the final aspects of who women are “allowed” to be. As a result, women have generally accepted men’s views of them since men have traditionally been those controlling the well-being and fate of women. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Villainy in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and "Othello"
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A seven page paper looking at these two works by William Shakespeare in terms of the depth of evil in their villains, Claudius and Iago. The paper notes that the best and most effective villains are those who are not completely black, but who contain shades of gray; the most effective evil does not come from the villain alone, but from the personality clashes engendered by the conflict in which the villain and hero find themselves engaged. Bibliography lists three sources.
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The Villainy of Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello"
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A seven page paper looking at this work by William Shakespeare in terms of the characterization of Iago. The paper shows how Iago achieves his nefarious ends through vengeance, lies, and manipulation -- and offers a psychological interpretation of Iago's true motives. Bibliography lists six sources.
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The “Poetics” and “Othello” – Get the Connection
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The “Poetics” and “Othello” – Get the Connection: This 15-page essay examines the precepts relevant to tragedy in Aristotle’s the Poetics, with respect to Shakespeare’s play, Othello. Undoubtedly, the Bard made good use of a number of Aristotelian ideas. However, he also made aberrant personal choices that only served to make his work that much more textually exquisite and profound. Bibliography lists 4 sources. SNOthell.doc
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