Religious Conflict In Othello

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Title Since the beginning of time, people have questioned the existence of an all powerful being. Most believed there were supernatural forces in play within the world, and based on these beliefs, religions were born. Some believed in many powerful persons and created religions that revolved around these gods. Others believed in one all powerful being who impacted them. Through the ages, thousands of religions were formed, all with their varying beliefs. Each religion claiming to be the true and right one. These bold claims led to conflict and created religious wars and battles. They led to many deaths and chaos throughout the world. One of these religious wars took place during the lifetime of William Shakespeare. During the days of Queen…show more content…
The destruction began to subside with the end of Elizabeth’s reign, however many anti catholic movements continued throughout the seventeenth century. Shakespeare’s play Othello, was written in 1603 amidst the catholic persecution. In the play, many ties to the christian faith can be found. The main antagonist, Iago, represents the devil. He uses deceitfulness and manipulation to get his victims to do what he wants. His victims are clueless as to what is happening until it’s too late. Othello and Cassio are both affected by Iago’s plan and are both damaged by it. The fair Desdemona is the god and saviour of the play. She never loses faith in Othello and loves him to the point of death. She is ultimately what saves Othello’s honour and dignity. All throughout this play we see the message Shakespeare is promoting. Don’t lose faith. Shakespeare incorporates elements of the bible to encourage viewers to be persistent in the faith and never…show more content…
Othello is the main protagonist of the play. He is a moor which sets him at a disadvantage in his society. Although he was an outsider, Othello was respected by many. “The fiery openness of Othello, magnanimous, artless, and credulous, boundless in his confidence, ardent in his affection, inflexible in his resolution, and obdurate in his revenge (Johnson 31).” Othello’s depiction is one of grandeur and power. He has climbed his way to the top and has secured himself wealth, power, and a beautiful wife. All of these factors contribute to Iago’s jealousy. Iago determines to ruin Othello by planting seeds of doubt and jealousy. He begins by telling Othello that Cassio has slept with Desdemona. Because of Cassio’s flirtatious character, Othello is easily deceived and believes Iago. This jealousy builds to the point that Othello is willing to murder
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