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Disturbed character essay prep

  1. 1. Monday 11th November LITERATURE: Discuss the presentation of disturbed characters in the works of Shakespeare and Browning Starter (In your Lit exercise books) What does it mean if a person is said to be “disturbed?” Disturbed – Seen to be emotionally upset, troubled or maladjusted. They may be agitated or emotionally unstable, having difficulty coping with personal relationships; neurotic or psychotic.
  2. 2. Part 1 of Essay - Iago • Your first section of the essay will be showing how Iago is represented as particularly “disturbed” – although you can pull evidence from every part of the play, we will be focusing on the language used in his soliloquies • Iago as Machiavellian villain – Does he conform to the Machiavellian checklist?
  3. 3. The Machiavellian checklist: • Is Iago a Machiavellian villain? We will need to look throughout Othello to find these characteristics of a typical Machiavellian villain within Iago. • 1. Is Iago secretive? • 2. Is Iago manipulative and cunning? • 3. Does Iago show a lack of morals? • 4. Is Iago obsessed with goals, convinved the ends are justified?
  4. 4. Part 1 of Essay - Iago Language used to show Iago’s “disturbed” character includes the following: • Animal imagery • Heaven and Hell imagery • Light and dark & other opposites (to show his “two-faced” nature • Poisoning and violence • Jealousy as a motive
  5. 5. Look for imagery in Iago’s language Focusing mainly on the first two soliloquies: Solioquy 1: Act 1 Scene 3 Solioquy 2: Act 2 Scene 3 Imagery Examples from play Significance Heaven and hell • Lots! Eg. • “Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you” (Act 1 Scene 1, Line 92 – Iago) • “Some swift means of death for the fair devil” (Act 3, Scene 4, Lines 474-5 - Othello) Iago as satanic figure who uses the evils of hell – corrupts Othello and sends him to hell (for murder and suicide) Destroys Othello’s soul – he is a Christian at the start. Animals (bestiality) Iago to Brabantio (A1S1), Iago speaking to Roderigo (A1 S3), Light & dark Iago to Brabantio (A1S1) Poisoning & violence Act 2 Scene 3 (Sol2), Act 3 Scene 3 (L335) Jealousy Act 1 Scene 3 Solioquy – Iago uses jealousy as a motive: Is this believable? Has accused both Cassio and Othello of sleeping with his wife..
  6. 6. Part 2 of Essay - Othello • It could be argued that Othello becomes “disturbed” as the play went on – Compare the cool and calm way he speaks at the Duke’s council when Brabantio accuses him of witchcraft • Remember this line from the movie: “Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not Chaos is come again.” • This is the turning point – Othello’s language after this point becomes more and more like Iago: as he too becomes “disturbed” by the end – resulting in Desdemona’s death and his own suicide

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