e themes of jealousy and deception in the domestic play “Othello” by Shakespeare are one of the major ones, because they build up the plot of the story and appear through out the text. The jealousy and deception have touched each character of the play: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Roderigo, Cassio, Emilia, Bianca and Brabantio, however Othello’s jealousy has been manipulated by perhaps most jealous character Iago, who’s jealousy has caused unwarranted deaths, what makes him a villain. Othello, the general of the armies of Venice, who has been living a passionate life, who acts instantaneously and is a trusting person, whom jealousy has consumed and had ‘swell into a well high incontrollable flood’ as the critic A.C. Bradley in “Shakespearean Tragedy
Following Desdemona’s murder, the satanic allusion in Emilia’s accusations “thou art a devil … thou art rash as fire” reduces Othello’s initially high status of an honourable soldier to that of a “cuckhold”. This loss of his positive image leads to Othello’s self-execution in an act of attempted atonement, portrayed in the paradoxical statement “for nought I did in hate, but all in honour …” demonstrates his preoccupation to salvage his reputation. Othello’s inability to face the consequences of his actions, resulting from his obsession with reputation facilitates his ultimate demise and the pathos in this allows the play to retain relevance with modern
In Shakespeare’s Othello, the audience can only sit back and helplessly watch as Othello falls victim to not only Iago, but to Venetian society itself. Throughout the tragedy, many readers are left scratching their heads in confusion as they wonder how Iago can practically trick a whole city into believing his ruse. From one blunder to the next, our titular protagonist Othello finds himself trapped in Iago’s web of lies which ultimately leads to his greatest crime, the killing of his very own wife. Consequently, Iago’s masterful use of deceit and manipulation is made apparent during the work, which begs the question, how exactly was Iago able to dupe a whole society with such baseless lies?
“Oh beware, my lord, of jealousy! It’s a green-eyed monster that laughs at the person who is devoured by it. The one who is betrayed is perfectly happy, certain that he knows what lies ahead, as long as he doesn’t know his beloved has wronged him. But, oh, what tortuous moments are spent by the one who loves, yet doubts; who suspects, yet loves deeply!” Iago then explains to Othello that Desdemona is cheating on him with his lieutenant Michael Cassio, but Othello is still contemplating on whether or not it’s true.
Through everything with her dad and everyone’s disapproval Desdemona remained positive with all the hardships she went through and kept a good attitude. Another good thing she did was fulfilled her correct roles and duties such as being a good wife, helping others, and being faithful and loyal. At any moment Desdemona could have left Othello because all of the chaos she had to go through, but she didn’t, instead she stuck by his side through thick and thin. An example of this would be one of her final words to Othello “ And you have mercy on me too!
Knowing how jealousy eats someone up, Iago uses that upon Othello by introducing doubt in one of the greatest things he had, his love in Desdemona. The way Iago worked into Othello’s head is that he made it seem like he was helping him by thinking of different possibilties, which only fed the green-eyed monster in Othello. “Their best conscience is not to leave ‘t undone, but keep ‘t unknown,” (III,iii. 235-236)said Iago, which exaplains exactly how he functions. He tells Othello what he wants to hear, which is what builds the doubt of Othello.
As Norton states: “Far more than any other of Shakespeare’s villains, more than the homicidal Richard III, the treacherous Claudius in Hamlet, and the cold-hearted Iago in Othello, Macbeth is fully aware of the wickedness of his deeds and is tormented by this awareness. Endowed with a clear-eyed grasp of the differences between good and evil, he chooses evil, even though the choice horrifies and sickens him” (837). In 1.7, Macbeth exhaustively weighs the morality of his decision: “But in these cases, we still have judgment here, that we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague th’ inventor.
A Cruel Game Unknown to Othello, Iago was motivated by a cruelty that demanded the utter destruction of Othello’s public and private life. In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, Iago is the main antagonist to the protagonist of the story. Iago is motivated by cruelty; his final goal is see all of his adversaries suffer. Cruelty is an especially crucial theme to any story, for it reveals the ugly truth about a character who is primarily motivated by cruelty. The social and political gains of Iago’s cruelty display how the theme functions in a work of literature and what it reveals about both the perpetrator and victim.
Claudius cannot hide his guilt, but he does well at hiding what he’s feeling guilty about. Along with guilt, his deceitfulness can be found throughout the play as well. Claudius hides the truth from everyone and uses this to his own advantage. His deceitful methods enable him to become king which ends up hurting him in the end. Lastly, selfishness, Claudius’ most recognizable characteristic, controls his decision making.
Throughout a persons life there will be countless ups and downs, and the determining factor if a person has good morals is if they choose to dwell on the negativity and let the ugly side of human nature take over. The play, “Othello,” written by William Shakespeare, is an obscure and theatrical tragedy that highlights human flaws such as envy, discrimination, and sexism. The play takes place in Venice and Cyprus during the Renaissance and is about a Moor general named Othello, who has married and run off with Desdemona, the daughter of a Venetian nobleman. There are numerous bizarre and comic scenes that repeat and reflect the serious substance of the play, such as perhaps the most significant scene in which Desdemona and Iago argue over Iago’s
The understanding of someone’s nature allows the perpetrator to target their victim mentally by manipulation as well as their perspective during different situations. In the play “Othello by Shakespeare, Iago is able to manipulate others and use others perspective on situations to demolish others. Iago uses his manipulative skills and his understanding of others perspectives to destroy others as well as fulfill his evil intentions. Iago’s knowledge on human nature allows him to easily understand other’s perspectives and manipulate his victim Othello. Iago is able to destroy Othello’s trust with Desdemona due to his understanding Othello’s perception on situations regarding Desdemona and Cassio.