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Is there a literary device used in the play Othello, and if so, what is it?

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jserenity | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 25, 2008 at 1:51 PM via web

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Is there a literary device used in the play Othello, and if so, what is it?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 26, 2008 at 4:13 AM (Answer #2)

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Shakespeare uses the literary device of dramatic irony in Othello. Dramatic irony occurs when there is a discrepancy between what a character believes and what the reader/viewer knows to be true. For example, the audience knows that Iago is a traitor and misleads Othello regarding Desdemona's fidelity. The audience reads/watches in horror as Othello trusts Iago's information and murders his wife. The result is one of the most heartwrenching scenes ever written, since we witness "the fall of a proud, dignified man," and "the murder of a graceful, loving woman" because of Iago's treachery.

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conman01 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 26, 2008 at 4:26 PM (Answer #3)

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There are a lot of ironies used in this play. The most important one is verbal irony. When Iago tries to makes schemes it actually means something else, he always tries to come up with excuses by making those schemes. that is verbal irony 

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