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1 Othello by William Shakespeare How Militarism Affected the Characters and the Plot of the Story By Peter Canteros

2 What is Militarism? Militarism is the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests Militarism is the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests Militarism is also in association with fascism Militarism is also in association with fascism Reference: Wikipedia

3 Why is Militarism in Othello? Shakespeare, living from 1564 until 1616, saw his share of national conflict around the world Shakespeare, living from 1564 until 1616, saw his share of national conflict around the world The setting of Othello is during times of colonialism and conquest – specifically the Turks The setting of Othello is during times of colonialism and conquest – specifically the Turks Between 1572 and 1668, around twenty-eight bloody uprisings took place in Cyprus Between 1572 and 1668, around twenty-eight bloody uprisings took place in Cyprus Shakespeare's tragedies traditionally have militaristic backgrounds such as Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's tragedies traditionally have militaristic backgrounds such as Romeo and Juliet

4 The Beginning of Militarism in Othello The storys protagonist is Othello but Iago creates the reason for Othellos actions The storys protagonist is Othello but Iago creates the reason for Othellos actions Othello holds a significant title in the army Othello holds a significant title in the army Iago is aiming to rise in power from a mere ensign to lieutenant Iago is aiming to rise in power from a mere ensign to lieutenant

5 The Growth of Militarism Throughout the Play Iagos quest for lieutenancy Iagos quest for lieutenancy Iago is unsatisfied with Othellos actions Iago is unsatisfied with Othellos actions European ships are headed towards Cyprus to engage in battle European ships are headed towards Cyprus to engage in battle The approaching war brings all the characters to the island of Cyprus including General Othello and Lieutenant Cassio The approaching war brings all the characters to the island of Cyprus including General Othello and Lieutenant Cassio

6 Cyprus

7 Militarism Contd With all the characters on the island of Cyprus, Iago stirs up trouble and causes Othello to make some rash decisions With all the characters on the island of Cyprus, Iago stirs up trouble and causes Othello to make some rash decisions Othello does not give Iago the lieutenancy until both vow to kill Desdemona and Cassio Othello does not give Iago the lieutenancy until both vow to kill Desdemona and Cassio After receiving lieutenancy from Othello, Iago furthers his revenge against Othello After receiving lieutenancy from Othello, Iago furthers his revenge against Othello Every character suffers from Iagos plans Every character suffers from Iagos plans


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