Love, Power, And Jealousy In Shakespeare's Othello

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Othello is a Shakespearean play based on love, power, and jealousy. These themes lead to lust, deceit, and end in death. Othello, a Moor, eloped with a beautiful young girl named Desdemona. However, their marriage was not accepted and caused many problems. The greatest problem began when Iago tricked Othello into believing that his wife was unfaithful. Iago 's jealousy caused the destruction of the marriage between Othello and Desdemona and ultimately the death of his wife by his hands. Had Othello really loved his Desdemona so then he would not have let the rumors spread by Iago to get to him. Othello lacked true love for Desdemona, which was made clear by his actions. The loved the power and attention he got from being married to her but …show more content…
Jealousy is the overall root to what ended the superficial love that Othello had for Desdemona. In an online book entitled Shakespearean Tragedy was written by a man named A.C. Bradley. He in this article makes the argument that Othello was jealous. He wrote, "Othello 's description of himself as 'One not easily jealous, but being wrought Perplex 'd in the extreme; '( V ii )His tragedy lies in this--that his whole nature was indisposed to jealousy (Bradley). However, the writer disagrees with this idea. This idea is not true, though perhaps he was at one point in his life, not a jealous man. Othello was a "noble” Moor in the Venetian military who would marry a beautiful young lady. What would he have to be jealous of ? Yet, once something of his was "taken away” and his "nobility” being in question he does become jealous. The thing he had that everyone wanted, Desdemona, had now left him for another person. He no longer was this powerful man that men were jealous of. This jealousy he had eventually got the best of him too. Which is why it seems rather evident that he lacked a true affection for his wife. He loved the attention and power he received being married to Desdemona. Instead of fighting for her and believing what she had to say he let the lies of Iago get the best of him . Iago was able to deceive Othello, telling him that his wife had been unfaithful. She apparently had slept with Cassio. Iago specifically said, " That Cassio loves her, I do well believe 't That she loves him (II i). Iago and some of the other men were upset that Othello has married Desdemona and that he had promoted in the Venetian army. Iago decided to lie to Othello saying his dear wife was unfaithful. He made up a story saying she had slept with Cassio and planted evidence to make it look real. This jealousy ate Othello up and caused him to look at his wife in a new

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