The Bad Side Of Death In William Shakespeare's Othello

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Othello is not a tragic play as much as it is a fatal for many and calamitious for the rest. Othello, the male lead, seems to be a straight-forward man who did his time in war and now wants to settle down with a woman by his side. However, the tragedy begins with his friend, Honest Iago, driving Othello’s mind into rubble. Iago convinces Othello that his wife has cheated on him, and the worst part is that without a single speck of evidence Othello believes him. Othello’s identity relied so heavily on him being a soldier and fighting for good, that now as he tries to become a husband he finds harsh backlash. He decides killing his wife is the best and only way to preserve his honor and respect. By the time it is too late Othello realizes his …show more content…
In the case of war, there is a very definite good and bad side, and that makes it easy when it comes to taking action. Whereas now, he is in love with what is now posing itself as evil. Desdemona and Cassio, the two closest people to Othello, turn and conspir against him. He feels completely alone and takes the only action a trained, war-weathered soldier would know how to take: ridding the enemy from existence. In the last act of the play, Othello believes Cassio is slain so he then goes to kill his wife to finish the deed. His reasoning for killing his wife not only lies within wanting her to never be with any other man but also to fulfill his own moral reasons. Othello says to Lodovico, “Why anything: An honorable murderer, if you will; for naught I did in hate, but all in honor” (5. 2. 289-291). By Othello’s honor he has no other choice than to kill his wife. This period between killing his wife and being exposed, Othello really shows his passion for the role he dedicated himself to for so long before. He convinces himself that he is not cut out for husbandry and after killing his wife he seals the end of his time as one. Othello needed to kill Desdemona not only to stop her from sleeping with other men, even though she never would have, but to really stop him from being a failed husband. In conclusion, to kill his wife would mean he no longer will have an internal struggle with love and hate or good and

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