The Theme Of Revenge In Shakespeare's Othello

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Revenge in Othello William Shakespeare uses many themes throughout his play Othello . One theme he uses throughout the play is revenge. He uses this theme by showing how destructive and blinding revenge and jealousy can be when taken in the wrong context and how it can consume someone so much that their judgement can be blinded. As Iago feeds the fire of jealousy for Othello by causing drama with Desdemona , the consequences are horrifying. Shakespeare illustrates how revenge can drive people to take extreme actions. One way William Shakespeare illustrated revenge is when Iago plots his revenge for his love for desdemona. He describes it in the play as “ a web in which he will catch a fly” In the plot of the story Iago is in …show more content…
His false sense of suspicion and jealousy leads him to make this drastic decision even though sometimes he doubts the truth of the information that he is getting from iago and other sources he is so obsessed with revenge and jealousy he can not even see the logic in the situation. Although he is overcome with jealousy there are other motives behind his plot to kill her. One being him wanting to defend his honor . He believes that if he murders desdemona he will be standing up for “mankind” for women who betray their husbands by being unfaithful . As Alvin Kernan states in his source , “Oblivious to Iago’s scheming and the transparent innocence of his wife and lieutenant, Othello is ultimately a victim of his own naivete and implacable ignorance” ( Kernan) He is so caught up in the drama and scheming of iago’s plot he fails to see the logic of the situation resulting in catastrophic results. Iago worked his way into his mind and manipulated the situation to where Othello wasn 't even thinking straight . At one point in the play Othello is so overcome with his own jealousy and plots of revenge he goes into a fit and seizes. Not once but two times this happens showing how strongly his irrational emotions are influencing his actions and behavior . Even at the end of the play we see that Othello realizes the fatal misjudgment he has made. As Alvin …show more content…
However this type of revenge isn 't inflicted onto another person. There is a twist this time when Othello takes revenge on himself by committing his own suicide. After realizing the horrifying reality of the mistake he has made by killing desdemona he is so distraught with himself and tormented with his own guilt that can no longer live with that weight and kills himself in grief. As stated in the original play Othello , Othello says right before his own justified death , “I kiss 'd thee ere I kill 'd thee: no way but this; Killing myself, to die upon a kiss” ( Othello ll 410) He shows deep remorse for his actions and realizes that all the jealousy and vengeful thoughts and actions were all taken in vain upon realizing the devastating truth and reality of it all. Although he thought to be justified in his actions it all is revealed to be fuelled by revenge. This mistake though proven to be more than

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