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MALIGNITY AND MOTIVE IN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S OTHELLO

Dr. Vivek Mehrotra.

Abstract
The enigma of Shakespeare artistic purpose is nowhere more resplendent in its ambiguity than in the play “Othello”. In this play Shakespeare created the mastery artifact in the character of Iago. This is a character in which the idea of villain reaches such an unprecedented height of precision that he still today considered a benchmark for the art of villainy. Besides him the characters of Othello and Desdemona are also well rounded. Othello being predominantly a man of action and Desdemona a lady that passively suffers the ravages of time and fate. It is so destined that tragedy falls upon all these characters. The tragedy in the play is not “an act of God” rather the tragic events as the entire drama is lacerated with malign motives contesting and succeeding against benign motives. Motives and malignity are the two poles on which swing the trail of action and plot in the play. Keeping in view the imperative importance of these two phenomenon’s it is viable and required to undertake a study juxtaposing and analyzing them. To fulfill this purpose, I in this paper will analyze the chief characters of the play namely those of Iago, Othello and Desdemona in the light of the causes and effects of their motives and the malignity, if any, in their motives.
The research method applied in the study shall be textual and discourse analysis along with circumstantial references to psychoanalytic and other approaches to literary criticism.
For the purpose of our study we shall refer to the text of the drama “Othello” by William Shakespeare and to selected works on the play by notable literary critics as well as to the opinion of literary theoreticians on the play.

Key words: Motives, malignity, William Shakespeare “Othello”, Character analysis, Literary criticism.


 
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Dr. Vivek Mehrotra. MALIGNITY AND MOTIVE IN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S OTHELLO. JCR. (2020), [cited September 14, 2020]; 7(19): 345-352. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.42



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Dr. Vivek Mehrotra (2020) MALIGNITY AND MOTIVE IN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S OTHELLO. JCR, 7 (19), 345-352. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.42



Turabian Style

Dr. Vivek Mehrotra. 2020. MALIGNITY AND MOTIVE IN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S OTHELLO. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (19), 345-352. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.42



Chicago Style

Dr. Vivek Mehrotra. "MALIGNITY AND MOTIVE IN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S OTHELLO." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 345-352. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.42



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Dr. Vivek Mehrotra. "MALIGNITY AND MOTIVE IN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S OTHELLO." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.19 (2020), 345-352. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.42



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Dr. Vivek Mehrotra (2020) MALIGNITY AND MOTIVE IN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S OTHELLO. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (19), 345-352. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.42