The Three Themes Of Conflicts In Shakespeare's Othello

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Reading a play is like appreciating the sea; the most exhilarating scene of the sea is the moment when the seawater is roaringly lifted by fierce windstorms. The seawater is the plot, and the windstorm is the conflicts. Othello, written by Shakespeare, consists of three chief types of conflicts, which are the characters versus characters, characters versus themselves and characters versus the social background in Venice. Each conflict sharpens the contradictions between two characters, molds the complexity of their personalities and reflects the social issues in Venetian society.
Firstly, three inter-character conflicts occur in the interactions between Cassio and Iago, Othello and Iago and Desdemona and Othello. To begin with, the conflict
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First, Othello conflicts with the society because of his visibility. To explain, Roderigo and Iago describe Othello as “the thick lips” (Shakespeare 1.1.67) and “an old black ram”(Shakespeare 1.1.90) to stand out the strangeness of his black race. Thus, even if Othello has a considerable position in Venice, he still cannot step over the obstacles of racial prejudices in the society. Second, Desdemona is afflicted by the society because of her minority. Specifically, she says that “I do perceive here a divided duty” (Shakespeare 1.2.183). That means, before her marriage, the ownership of her body and will belongs to her father; after her marriage, she is the property of her husband. Consequently, she cannot break away the constraints of males in her life after all, because it is a doctrine of the male-dominated society. Third, the failure of Roderigo originates from his conflict towards the materialistic social background. For instance, Barbantio declines his request to marry his daughter by virtue of his inadequate reputation and wealth. Besides, Iago unceasingly repeats, “put money in thy purse” (Shakespeare 1.3.345-346) over six times in the conversation with Roderigo. Roderigo follows Iago and gives money to him, because he believes money is the most effective power to regain a woman or resolve a problem. For that reason, the materialistic …show more content…
Those conflicts stress the personalities and relationships of the characters and allude to the social issues of exclusivism, male chauvinism and materialism in

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