Character Motivation in Othello
Read Othello, and respond to the following questions: Brabantio protests the marriage of his daughter, Desdemona, to Othello, claiming Othello used “spells and medicines” to dull her senses so that she would marry “against all rules of nature.” Some critics, however, have claimed that Brabantio’s real motive is racial prejudice.
Do you think they are correct? Does Brabantio object because Othello is a Moor, or for some other reason? Support your answer with passages from the text. Iago is one of Shakespeare’s best-known antagonists in large part because of the massive amounts of destruction he wreaks without really getting his own hands dirty.
Does Iago have reasonable and understandable motivations, or is he motivated instead by his own psychotically evil core? Discuss this issue in terms of Iago’s interactions with two characters OTHER THAN Othello. What can these interactions show us about the “inner Iago”? Be sure to bring in direct evidence to support your response.
Please divide your response into paragraphs for easier reading, and make sure to reference, paraphrase, or quote specific passages from the text to support your reading (and cite the passages using MLA citation format). 400 Words

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