"Othello" And Its Connection To Greek Tragedy

761 words - 3 pages

The play Othello is Shakespeare's own version of a classic Greek tragedy. A classical dramatic tragedy derives its essence from the ancient Greek plays that were often popular in Athens. These plays would typically consist of the downfall of a famous Greek character in history/legend, or the breakdown of a hero. Typically the hero is forced to struggle against overwhelming odds, and fate only that this characters downfall would be so imposing that regardless of these forces of nature and fate that destroy him, that he would rise and regain glory due to his moral victory. These tragedies would invoke terror and pity on the audience, in a sense a tragedy could be considered a form of a catharsis, literally cleansing the soul as it is performed, even though the horror typically disturbed audiences, at the same time it cleansed their soul and purified the spirit.

According to Aristotle proposal, all great tragedies share three things in common, the place, the time, and the plot. The entire tragedy would occur in one set place (like a market, or palace), the events in the play would all take place in the course of a single, day, and the play would only consist of a single story (plot). Shakespeare's tragedy is far more unhindered in that it is not closely structured around these strict regulations. Throughout the entire play of Othello (except for Act I, which is set in Venice), is placed entirely within the stronghold of Cyprus. When evaluating the time span of Othello, logically speaking occurs in the course of a couple of weeks. But, when deciphering the time of day that each major event occurs in Othello it becomes evident that it is abstractly set in the course of one day, like a classic tragedy according to Aristotle. Each major scene is set in a specific hour of the day, beginning with the sex after midnight under moonlight Venice skies, to the senate meeting at the break of dawn, then within the walls of Cyprus with the upsurge of the mid-morning tempest, and the afternoon that is filled with developments of the tragedy, which eventually leads to the momentous jamboree in the early parts of dusk, and concludes with the murder at bedtime. The plot of the tragedy is fairly unified in that...

Find Another Essay On "Othello" and Its Connection to Greek Tragedy

tragoed Oedipus the King (Oedipus Rex) and Greek Tragedy

1046 words - 4 pages great example of a Greek tragedy. Its main plot is Oedipus' goal to find out his true identity, the result being his downfall by finding out he has married his own mother and killed his father. The three unities, noble character, and complex plot, are what make Oedipus Rex a good example of a tragedy in relation to Aristotle's Poetics.   As defined by Aristotle, the three unities are the time, place and action of the tragedy. Oedipus Rex

9/11 Tragedy and Its Aftermath Essay

644 words - 3 pages than any other religious group, after this terrible tragedy, Muslims became known as a “threat” to the people, and were met with negative attitudes. Its religion is has known as the “Holy War” worldwide. The media started to release stereotypical image of Muslims and Arabs as perpetrators of violence and as terrorists. People across the West used this accident as an excuse to show their violence against the Muslim people. It has been use as an

Discussion of "Othello" and its many readings

1775 words - 7 pages -realization, where they commit suicide or get killed. So essentially the results of the play are Othello's fault. You see the Elizabethan audience was more concerned with the consequences of actions and they used the Aristotelian tragedy to explain a character's reactions.M: So according to Aristotle, tragedy has its own structure…J: Yes, and this structure is apparent in the language of the main character, Othello. He is first and foremost

Tragedy Defined By Arthur Miller: Othello And Willy Loman

627 words - 3 pages "Tragedy and the Common Man" written by Arthur Miller defines what he feels is a tragedy. There are several different characteristics that Miller feels defines a tragic figure. One is that the main character does whatever he has to do to secure his personal sense of dignity. Another key part of a tragedy is the "tragic flaw" that the main character has. When the character recognizes his tragic flaw, he tries to overcome it, and fails in the

Emilia's Speech in "Othello" and Its Teachings

749 words - 3 pages Emilia's speech and its teachings. In the play Othello The Moor of Venice, by William Shakespeare, Emilia's speech (4.3.84-103) has been called renaissance plea to women's liberation. This is because she tells of what she has experienced with her husband Iago, and what is bound to happen to her mistress Desdemona. Comparing their both lives in her speech, it vividly explains what happens to so many women in who are in a relationship, who

Manipulators in Shakespeare's "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" and "The Tragedy of Othello"

531 words - 2 pages William Shakespeare made two great plays: The tragedy of Julius Caesar and The tragedy of Othello (The Moor of Venice). In those plays there were methods of manipulation used by one of the characters in each play. Before I go far, allow me to provide you some feedback on both. Julius Caesar is an exceedingly determined political leader in Rome and his endeavor is to become an autocrat. A soothsayer presaged him that he should “beware the

The Dramatic Impact of Act 1 Scene 3 in Shakespeare's Othello and Its Importance to the Whole Play

5204 words - 21 pages The Dramatic Impact of Act 1 Scene 3 in Shakespeare's Othello and Its Importance to the Whole Play Othello is a tragic play by Shakespeare, set in Venice during the Elizabethan time. It portrays the growth of unjustified jealousy in the noble protagonist, Othello, a Moor serving as a general in the Venetian army. The innocent object of his jealousy is his wife, Desdemona. In this domestic tragedy, Othello’s evil lieutenant

Death and its Personofication in Greek Mythology and Other Cultures

2039 words - 9 pages he can to kill. Therefore, this makes Thanatos hate all mortals because of the God’s rejections to become one of them. Death and Sleep had to take care of Lycian prince Sarpedon. Prince Sarpedon was the son of Zeus, the king of the Gods, and his mother Laodamiea. He was the hero of the bloody Trojan War. Sarpedon fought along with the Trojans but he was stabbed by the Greek Warrior Patroculs. When the hero was killed it was a struggle over who

Shakespeare's Use of Aristotle's Guidelines to Tragedy in Creating the Play Othello

1624 words - 6 pages Throughout time, the tragedy has been seen as the most emotionally pleasing form of drama, because of its ability to bring the viewer into the drama and feel for the characters, especially the tragic hero. This analysis of tragedy was formed by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, and also noted in his Poetics (guidelines to drama). As a playwright, Shakespeare used Aristotle’s guidelines to tragedy when writing Othello. The play that was created

The Greek community and its use of alcohol

787 words - 3 pages reflecting the generalization that Greeks drink more than their non-Greek peers. I have personally experienced a tendency partake in activities with my sorority sisters where there will be alcohol, but I don't believe it is the Greek community that influences us. Going to parties and the bar is just something a few of us enjoy and have in common. In any group a few of its members will have other common interests regardless of any other influences. In

Othello essay - "To what extent is Iago responsible for the tragedy?

1058 words - 4 pages kills Desdemona's and in the ensuing scenes discovers, through Emilia, Iago's wicked plot. He then stabs Iago but doesn't kill him. The tragedy of Othello is complete when he takes his own life on the bed next to Desdemona.Othello's downfall is engineered by the manipulative actions of Iago. Iago uses cunning tactics in order to use the other characters to "enmesh" Othello in a tragic web of murder and suicide. Shakespeare effectively uses

Similar Essays

Was "Othello" A Tragedy, And Why

628 words - 3 pages the rule is bent a little and there may be a second hero called a "Heroine". In the play Othello, he is the single star; it is a tragic story that is concerned primarily with him.The number two rule is, the story must lead up to the death of the hero, no real Shakespearean tragedies end with the hero still alive-without the death of the hero were is the tragedy. Also the hero can not just die of natural causes or by accident, in fact; essentially

Balance And Tragedy In Shakespeare's Othello

2080 words - 8 pages significantly influenced the formation of the tragedy. Emilia’s character was used in Othello in order to demonstrate the pressures societies forced upon its women. From the start of the play, Emilia could be seen just as one would imagine a proper woman to act. She was obedient and perfectly loyal to her “undeserving” husband, Iago. Shortly after, various incidents occurred that affected Emilia significantly, and she soon found herself

How Far Does The Context Of War And Soldiery Contribute To The Tragedy In Shakespeare's "Othello"?

1089 words - 4 pages lines of "For I have served him, and the man commands like a full soldier" confirms it. On the surface, this proved to be a substantial point that aids towards the framing of Othello as a character in being a good commander. Yet, it is in this merging of his public war-like figure together with his private position as Desdemona that inevitably cause the tragedy, through which he thus requires to vacillates between his public and private figure

Greek Culture And Its Influences Today

1288 words - 5 pages “Greek civilization is alive; it moves in every breath of mind that we breathe; so much of it remains that none of us in one lifetime could absorb it all.” Ancient Greeks are known to be one of the greatest and most advanced people and have left behind a legacy that helped define the Western civilization. Cultural diffusion helped spread Greek culture all over the world, and its effects can still be felt today in almost every aspect. Greek
A-Z Movies | Documentaires | ZEDGE Ringtones and Wallpapers patched apk free download