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Examine Shakespeares Portrayal of the Capitulation of Othello Othello at the start of the play ennobled by his exemplary service and invigorated by love is a model of Renaissance humanity dignified and eloquent jealousy reduces him to raving savagery his angelic poetry to an incoherent snarl Even with such a poor introduction to the audience from Iago as an old black ram tupping the white ewe that was Desdemona however early in the play Othello effectively counteracts such accusations that he is bestial through his own imagery His language is exotic and extraordinary in ways that excite and fascinate His sentences are elegantly constructed his command of balance sound and rhythm is sophisticated Othello ostentatiously and eloquently makes his point that he is rudeinhis speech Shakespeare portrays Othellos control vividly through his speech defending his marriage through an image that suggests extraordinary powers of endurance The Tyrant custom most grave senators Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war My thrice-driven bed of down That a flinty and steel couch of war should become a thrice-driven bed of down captures in vivid visual terms Othellos capacity to exert control over adverse conditions We also have a sense of enormous power subdued by complete self-control when Othello threatens the brawlers in II iii Man is distinguished from the beasts by his upright posture and Othellos physical stature is a metaphor for his full humanity Thus when poisoned by Iagos lies he writhes on the stage and lies comatose Othello is seen to be robbed of humanity This idea is reflected in his speech as he repeatedly refers to animals toaddoggoatsmonkeyswolvesa monster and a beastcrocodile Iago persuades Othello through vivid language to picture all too vividly Desdemonas infidelity Even if she and Cassio were as prime as goats as hot as monkeys Othello could not expect to see her topped Iagos influence upon Othello is revealed as he leaves the stage
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