The Key Themes Of Tragedy In William Shakespeare's Othello

859 Words 4 Pages
Othello is a tragic play that focuses on the tragedy Othello. The key reason of the tragedy undergoes because of Othello’ jealousy, and this theme is mainly depicted through two central characters Othello and Iago. Resentment destroys their relationship and makes Iago display his real character traits, which, in turn, makes Othello experience the extreme transformation that destroy their lives. Shakespeare uses monologue, dialogue imagery, and symbolism to make the readers understand how jealousy is a humiliating and devastating of emotions among human beings in this tragedy.
Shakespeare uses language, form, and structure to explain how jealousy motivates Iago’s action that contributes to the downfall of Othello. For example, he employs both
…show more content…
Iago uses a lot of negative information to create jealousy in Othello’s mind. For example, in Act 3, Scene 3, Cassio asks Desdemona to intercede with Othello on his behalf, and ironically, she accepts to talk to Othello because Cassio was an old friend of Othello. Iago and Othello arrived as the two speak, and Iago observes Cassio embracing Desdemona. He used this scenario to make Othello jealous (Shakespeare 39). Othello’s jealousy is also portrayed through soliloquy when he states that he loved Desdemona naturally and not out of lust.
Shakespeare used a vivid description to illustrate the effects of jealousy in Othello. For example, Roderigo did not realize Iago’s mischief. He was made to create conflict between Othello and Desdemona. His jealousy made him follow Iago blindly without questioning what he told him. Finally, his foolishness contributed to his downfall as he was deceived and assassinated by Iago. Othello’s envy is different from Roderigo’s Jealousy because it changed the way he behaved in the play. For instance, at the beginning of the tragedy, Othello’s is presented as confident disciplined and
…show more content…
Professionally, he is jealous of Othello as he gives Cassio the replacement job instead of giving the job to Othello. Jealousy motivated him to bring down the actual love between Othello and Desdemona. He is even jealous of Cassio because he was a good-looking man. This envious behavior made him sleep with Cassio’s wife because he was paranoid with his looks. Furthermore, his jealousy is mainly driven by passion and not hatred like Othello and Roderigo. Finally, he is intelligent because he keeps on evaluating his strategies and decision before taking any action (Shakespeare

Related Documents

Related Topics