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LDA Othello

LDA Othello

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Quijano 1Charity QuijanoKnappAP English Literature15 September 2008Iago and Roderigo tell Brabantio the truth about his daughter, that she has married theMoor Othello. Brabantio refuses to allow their relationship to persist so Iago warnsOthello that there will be an effort to legally end their marriage, but Othello is indifferent, believing that “my [Othello’s] services which I have done the signiory shall out-tonguehis [Brabantio’s] complaints.” This personification in which Othello’s military duties aregiven the human ability to speak out and suppress an argument develops his confidentcharacter and contributes to the theme of reputation. At this point, Othello has control of his life and is completely rational, but this is eventually overturned when Iago plants theidea that Desdemona is unfaithful in Othello’s mind. Reputation is an important aspect of the tragic hero Othello’s life. Othello is certain that his noble reputation will win him therespect and blessings of Brabantio. In their society, reputation is measured in terms of  bravery, honor, and loyalty, all of which are exemplified by Othello due to his militaryexperiences. Reputation in Iago’s case allows him to manipulate others to fulfill hisdesires, as he is reputed to be a man of honesty. Othello’s even more respected reputationallows him to stay with Desdemona despite protest by Brabantio, emphasizing the themethat an honorable reputation is an essential key to success.Iago warns Othello that there may be a legal attempt by the Duke to end his marriage toDesdemona upon the request of her father Brabantio. Othello believes his noble statuswill prevent this, but Iago “by Janus” thinks his reputation will not get him out of this predicament. This mythological allusion to Janus contributes to dramatic irony, whichfurther develops Iago’s deceitful character and the theme concerning appearance versusreality. Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings, and isrepresented by a double-faced head, each looking in opposite directions. Like Iago, hehas two faces—one phony, the other real. To Othello he is considered honest, but to theaudience he is considered cunning and evil. Othello ironically only recognizes his positive qualities. The audience also knows that Iago is responsible for initiating theattempted legal break up after Roderigo and he tell Brabantio that his daughteDesdemona is with Othello, but Othello is not aware of this. This emphasizes that Iagotruly is manipulative, fooling even a man of high regard. This in turn reinforces thateverything is not what it seems because externally, everyone sees what Othello sees, atrustworthy man of good standing in society. On the inside, however, he is a man of  jealousy and malice and has conspired to ruin Othello’s life with Desdemona.Brabantio recently discovers that his daughter, Desdemona, is married to Othello, and hedoes not approve of her love with this Moor. Othello reminds Brabantio that he has gonethrough many trials and tribulations as a result of his life in the military. He tells ananecdote of his military life in order to win respect from Brabantio so he can freely be

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