Love In Othello And Oronoko

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Although Shakespeare’s Othello and Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko had two divergent plots, yet both share the same themes of love, honor and trust; which was specifically portrayed by the main characters Othello and Oroonoko. Who also share indistinguishable qualities. Othello is an example of how Shakespeare masterfully manipulates love as a tragic theme, or cause of misery and sadness, to reveal his characters' vulnerabilities. At the same time, in Oroonoko, love is a theme that allows love triangles to develop, fuels power conflicts, and even leads to death. Othello and Oroonoko shared a main characteristic, they both were men of honor; who would do anything to protect it. This is shown throughout the play Othello, where various male figures seek…show more content…
Throughout the two plots the villains were capable of using Othello’s honor and proudness, and Oroonoko’s trusting nature along with the characters’ other greatest traits against them and turning them to be their reason for their demise. In the beginning of Shakespeare’s Othello, the reader discovers that Desdemona’s father, Barbantio, does not approve of her marriage to Othello. Yet, Othello and Desdemona were capable of achieving their happy ending at the beginning; with their love being able to defy all obstacles and everyone who were skeptical about their feelings for one another. Desdemona and Othello's love is polarized in many ways: She is a Venetian beauty from a noble family, who is desired by almost every man in Venice, while he is a Moor and not a true Venetian. Although their love is true and real, but it is steeped in adversity. For they must overcome their social and racial differences as well as the perceptions of others. Othello predicates his success in love on his success as a soldier, wooing Desdemona with tales of his military travels and battles; and Desdemona loved Othello based on her
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