Love, Betrayal, And Death In Shakespeare's Othello

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Most of Shakespeare’s works majorly revolve around popular themes such as betrayal, love, and death. One of the major works of Shakespeare is Othello and it explores all of the themes. A classic story of love, jealousy, and betrayal, Othello is considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. The literature narrates the story of Othello, a Moorish (North African) general who marries a Venetian woman and then is maliciously deceived into being certain that his wife is unfaithful. An Italian writer Giraldi Cinthio takes the plot of the tragedy from a novella. Over the years, there have been debates on the main themes of the Tragedy of Othello between love and jealousy. The theme of jealousy takes centre stage in the story as it is exhibited …show more content…
Brabantio fails to understand and accept that the daughter can go against his will. It would be easy for the father to accept that the daughter is an adult and ready to start her own life. The jealousy directed towards Othello makes Brabantio to fail to consent the marriage and requests the Senate of the community to strip Othello of his “general” title. In Othello, the hero succumbs to jealousy when Iago convinces him that Desdemona has been an unfaithful wife. Othello is so head-over-heels with Desdemona and concurrently so self-doubting about her love for him that he becomes an easy mark for jealousy. Othello is aware of his jealousy and tries to speak down on it. In Act 3, the main character states that he could not be jealous of the girlfriend without proof. In his own understanding, Othello believes he can eliminate the constantly growing jealousy. The final parts of the play, Othello speaks as a man who has sadly embodies the theme of jealousy. “Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak, Of one that loved not wisely but too well; Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought Perplex 'd in the extreme.” (Shakespeare, p. 89). In the end, Othello murder his wife and them kills himself. Othello is the main representation of the adverse effects of jealousy especially on the …show more content…
When analysing the effects of negativity in the play, Iago best depicts the role. Undoubtedly, Iago symbolizes jealous behaviour. Jealousy in the play manifests in various settings including at the workplace and relationships. Iago is the best representation of jealousy at the workplace. He is not pleased that Cassio has been promoted while he still holds the same position. Iago considers himself superior to everyone and hence the idealized thought that no one around him should get better things in life. Even in the work environment, Iago considers himself the best that is why he hates that Cassio was rewarded with a promotion. His failure to agree the conditions of the world around him cause him to be jealous. “Preferment goes by letter and affection, And not by old gradation, where each second Stood heir to th ' first. Now, sir, be judge yourself whether I in any just term am affin 'd To love the Moor.” Similarly, Iago is jealous of Othello. In his own words, Iago states that "I hate the Moor:/ And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets/ He has done my office: I know not if 't be true;/ But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,/ Will do as if for surety." (Shakespeare, p. 46) With Othello, the jealousy arising from Iago is on relationship grounds. The character is not pleased that Othello has a thriving relationship with Emilia and

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