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rozh | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM via web

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How does poetic justic appear in Othello?

Please explain the idea of poetic justice in Othello in a simple way.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 25, 2012 at 6:51 PM (Answer #1)

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Poetic justice is essentially "bad karma"; in other words, if you do something "bad" to another person, you might meet with poetic justice, and an incident very similar to your "bad" action will occur in your life. Shakespeare provides several examples of poetic justice in Othello.

  • Throughout the play, Iago treats Roderigo like an idiotic follower who will never catch on to all that the villian is engineering. However, at the play's end, even though Iago has gotten away with killing Roderigo, a note is found in Roderigo's pocket which clearly incriminates Iago in all his wrongdoing. It provides the proof that Montano, Lodovico, and Cassio need to charge with Iago with his many crimes.

 

  • A more significant example of poetic justice occurs in Act V. From the beginning, Iago wants Cassio's position and believes that it should have been his. He views Cassio as a silly "accountant" who is not fit to lead men in combat. Ironically, after Iago has tried to organize Cassio's murder, a wounded Cassio is the one who is promoted to the dead Othello's position and left in charge of sentencing Iago.

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inshana69 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 10, 2013 at 4:12 AM (Answer #2)

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Poetic justice is a literary device in which virtue is ultimately rewarded or vice punished,often in modern literature by an ironical twist of fate intimately related to the character's own conduct(KARMA AND VIPAKA-ACTION AND REACTION)

Desdemona- decieves her father & elopes wit othello & is killed by him..

Othello- favouring cassio which make Iago angry and is tend to take revenge on othello

Rodrigo-believing Iago & finally is stabbed by Iago himself..

Cassio- a gentleman who finally is appointed as the governor

Iago-plans all evil plots & brings the downfall of many character is finally sent to prison

 

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inshana69 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 10, 2013 at 4:14 AM (Answer #3)

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Poetic justice is essentially "bad karma"; in other words, if you do something "bad" to another person, you might meet with poetic justice, and an incident very similar to your "bad" action will occur in your life. Shakespeare provides several examples of poetic justice in Othello.

  • Throughout the play, Iago treats Roderigo like an idiotic follower who will never catch on to all that the villian is engineering. However, at the play's end, even though Iago has gotten away with killing Roderigo, a note is found in Roderigo's pocket which clearly incriminates Iago in all his wrongdoing. It provides the proof that Montano, Lodovico, and Cassio need to charge with Iago with his many crimes.

 

  • A more significant example of poetic justice occurs in Act V. From the beginning, Iago wants Cassio's position and believes that it should have been his. He views Cassio as a silly "accountant" who is not fit to lead men in combat. Ironically, after Iago has tried to organize Cassio's murder, a wounded Cassio is the one who is promoted to the dead Othello's position and left in charge of sentencing Iago.

Poetic justice does not only mean bad karma,it can also be good karma

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