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Main Focus of
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Some have said that the focus of Othello is not the title character, as is the case with Shakespeare's other great tragedies, Macbeth, King Lear, and Hamlet. Is Othello simply too one-dimensional to be considered a great tragic hero? Does his seemingly unrealistic gullibility lessen our interest in him and his suffering?
Iago's Character Development
Gives opinions and plants suggestions and ideas to get characters to act
Begins to lie in order to get characters to act
Begins taking action himself and full on lying
Becomes psychotic when his plan begins to unravel
Loses all sense of his motives
Could Othello be considered MORE of a side character?
Verona Choi, Rodrigo Belda and
In Shakespeare's Othello, the titular character can be perceived as playing more of a supporting role in the play compared to the secondary character, Iago. Othello is too unrealistic of a character for us to relate with but on the other hand, Iago is a more complex character.
Othello's gullibility seems too unrealistic
He is the tragic hero but the play ends with only the satisfaction of one (Iago)
Blinded by rage and jealousy
Is Othello REALLY the main character?
Othello's Character Development
Kind and noble at the start
Becomes a raving lunatic
Becomes a shell of his former self, "It is the cause... I must weep,"
Is Iago the true focus in Othello?
Iago's Actions and
Entire tragedy, stems from his schemes
We are able to explore his nature of evil and appearances
Closer Look at Iago
Lacks a conscience
Deceives, steals & kills to gain his wants
Has some psychopathic characteristics
Othello is used move along the plot
Is easily swayed by Iago, very gullible
He does not cause a great amount of influence on other characters
Othello's Role in the Play
Married to Desdemona
The trustworthy Moor
The Venetian General
"In following him I follow but myself;
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so for my peculiar end.
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my hear
In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at. I am not what I am."
Act 1 Scene 1
Line 58 - 65
Act 2 Scene 3
Line 321 - 324
"Divinity of hell!
When devils will the blackest sins put on,
They do suggest at first with heavenly shows,
As I do now."
In every speaking scene, one can tell his deceptive manner
Dramatic irony (soliloquies)
Iago is seen throughout the play interacting with almost all the characters
He is also referred to as "Honest Iago" by numerous characters
He is able to deceive all the characters
He makes them all believe that they are friends
Iago's Relationship with Othello
Known as Honest Iago
Plots the idea of Cassio and Desdemona
Othello really trusts Iago
He listens to his advice
Act 3 Scene 3
Line 117 - 123
My lord, you know I love you.
I think thou dost;
And, for I know thou'rt full of love and honesty,
And weigh'st thy words before thou givest them breath,
Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more;
For such things in a false disloyal knave
Are tricks of custom, but in a man that's just
They are close dilations, working from the heart
That passion cannot rule.
Iago's Relationship with
Iago "helps" Roderigo with his female problems
Convinced him that with Othello dead, Desdemona would fall for him
Iago uses Roderigo for his money
Uses him to get rid of Cassio
Gives him moral support
Iago's Relationship with
Iago is able to deceive Cassio into making him think that his going to help him
2.3, 246-47 " Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving.
He advises Cassio to ask Desdemona for help to get his position back
Act 3 Scene 1
Line 35 - 40
"I'll send her to you presently;
And I'll devise a mean to draw the Moor
Out of the way, that your converse and business
May be more free."
takes advantage of people's trust and preys on their motivations and weaknesses to achieve his ends
Act 1 Scene 3
Line 388 - 391
The Moor is of a free and open nature,
That thinks men honest that but seem so;
And will as tenderly be led by the nose
As asses are.
- shallow emotions - lack of empathy & guilt
- superficial charm - inability to maintain normal
- values relationships relationships
that benefit themselves