The Power Of Langauage In Othe


In Othello, Shakespeare explores the relationship between words and events. Spoken thought, in the play, has all the power of
action; speaking about an event will make that event become reality for those who hear - it will affect reality as if that event had
taken place. Shakespeare demonstrates the power of words poignantly through Othello's monologues. Othello struggles with the
reality that Iago creates for him. When Othello speaks, he reveals that he is unable to stop himself from carrying out acts that
Iago's and his own words have prophesied and initiated. Othello's monologues further demonstrate that even the knowledge of the
power of words cannot protect the characters from the ...

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minister,
9 I can again thy former light restore
10 Should I repent me. But once put out thy light,
11 Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature,
12 I know not where is that Promethean heat
13 That can thy former light relume: when I have plucked the
14 rose
15 I cannot give it vital growth again,
16 It needs must wither.

(Othello, 5.2.7-16, p. 306)

Shakespeare sets the tone of the passage with one simple introductory line, "Put out the light, and then put out the light!" The line
begins: "Put out the light," perhaps it is an imperative, perhaps it is a simple declaratory remark. Whatever the case, it was spoken,
and the second part of the line "and then put out the light!" turns the simple statement into a chronological phenomenon with a
specific message about thought and action. First an event is described and then it becomes reality by action. The brevity of the line
emphasizes the straightforward and unbreakable relationship of words and action.

Throughout the play ...

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