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Shakespeare and Milton: Building characters who are easily portrayed in media
I am hoping to choose two soliloquies, one from Othello and one from Paradise Regained, that portray the true characters of Iago and Satan, then pair that soliloquy with an image that portrays their true character. By looking at these artistic renditions, I will compare and contrast the rhetoric of each villain and how their arguments develop as their characters develop.
Christ Casts Satan Down
· Christ Casts Satan Down. Digital image. Typology in Paradise Regained. Web. 14 Nov. 2016. <http://www.samizdat.qc.ca/arts/lit/preg_gm.htm>.
o Depicts Satan’s fall from the spires after Temptation 3, when he is at his prime of rhetorical ploys.
· Adams, Chelsea. "Honoring Shakespeare: Othello's Iago as a Model for Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost." Web blog post. Team Milton. Blogger, 1 Nov. 2013. Web. <https://teammilton.blogspot.com/2013/11/honoring-shakespeare-othellos-iago-as.html?showComment=1479177382648#c710732424498424099>.
o Bases Satan off of Iago because Milton looked up to Shakespeare in form and mindset.
o “Milton’s first published poem was “On Shakespeare,” appearing in the Second Folio anonymously. The work, especially being Milton’s first published work, shows Milton’s reverence and honor for the greatest poet and playwright of his age” (1).
Othello and Iago
· Othello and Iago, from National Theatre. Digital image. Quotes Gram, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016. <http://quotesgram.com/iago-from-othello-quotes/>.
o Depicts Iago looking sinister and wicked behind Othello. The lighting places him more in the shadow than Othello, and his eyes are not level with the camera, instead he is peering ominously up.
Ewan McGregor talks about Iago
· Ewan McGregor Talks about Iago. Interview. Ewan McGregor. YouTube.com. Custardflix, 17 Sept. 2008. Web. 12 Nov. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dF921GLl7g>.
o Iago gets carried away with the power and is on a mad power surge (1:27-1:45).
o Shakespeare denies explanation to characters and audience because Iago has no rational explanation (2:14-2:28).
Othello: Iago and Othello
· Othello: Iago and Othello. National Theatre. Interview. Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear. YouTube.com. National Theatre Discover, 25 Sept. 2013. Web. 11 Nov. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyoCIwJn9Ic>.
o Iago is disgruntled because he is Othello’s most trusted confidant and has seen the horrors of war with him.
o Sees himself as slighted and therefore plays on the “sensitive and vulnerable and weak” parts of Othello’s character (4:12).
o Iago sees his grievances as legitimate, and uses “subterfuge” and “insinuation” to fulfill his destructive plans (4:34).