Analysis Of Shakespeare 's Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

1985 Words May 5th, 2015 8 Pages
The constant temptation to act on selfish, passionate thoughts is constantly at war with the desire and social expectation to act upon loving and reasonable thoughts. This time-less struggle to be an angel, not a demon, or to act in goodness, and not in evil is very evident in many aspects of one’s life. When one allows their love and emotion to be put at another’s disposal, the other can warp and twist them to turn something heavenly into something devilish. In the proper hands, it is possible for emotions to be controlled and righteous actions are an outcome of that control. These actions cause the person to gain respect, peace and love instead of regret from acting on passions. In “Othello,” Shakespeare uses starkly contrasting heavenly and hellish images to illustrate this battle. The images of heaven show the world of wish that results when love and reason are put into action, but the frightening hellish images confirm the dreadful world that is evident when one acts on selfish passions. When characters, such as Othello, Bianca and Emilia use good judgment and reason to govern their actions, they are able to attain their fantasies through restraining anger, managing jealousy and exercising self-control. Similarly, a dream world is also made possible for Othello and Desdemona by acting in selfless love and a desire for the others’ wellbeing. On the other hand, when Othello and Cassio put their best judgment at Iago’s disposal, Iago was able to manipulate their passions…

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