William Hazlitt’s Opinion of the Characters in Othello

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Othello was a book that was published by William Shakespeare in 1603 based on e story of a Moorish captain and his disciple. The main characters of the story were Othello, Iago, Cassio, Roderigo and Desdemona. The tragedy novel has a variety of themes ranging from love to repentance. William Hazlitt is Novel critic and in the later years after the book was published he published a book where he expressed his opinions about the characters that Shakespeare used in the book.

The book is a story about a man named Othello who is married to the beautiful Desdemona. They live with a house maid named Emilia. Emilia and Desdemona were close and most often are depicted to confide with each other. Emilia is married to Iago who is the bearer of Othello and hates his him so he devises a plan to make Othello think Casio an assistant of Othello is having an affair with Desdemona. He makes Othello believe it to be true and he sets him up. Othello kills Desdemona and later after realizing that he was deceived he is sorry and thus kills himself. We will therefore look at the main characters Desdemona, Iago Othello and determine if William’s opinion of their characters is true.

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Gentle/tender/ humble: This is the first character of Othello that we see in the book. This is seen by the way he treats his subjects and his wife before Iago poisoned his mind. He appoints Casio a man with no experience and royalty to be his right hand man. Following this illustration from the poem I agree with Williams opinion of Othello’s gentle nature.

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