The Themes of Love and Hate in William Shakespeare's Othello Essay

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The Themes of Love and Hate in William Shakespeare's Othello

Shakespeare's Othello contains many themes typical of a Shakesperian tragedy. Love, Hate, Appearance, Revenge, Jealousy, Deceit, Politics and the state and also Race. Mostly Othello is a play about love and the nature of love. As with many other Shakesperian plays the love is conflicted and an underlying idea of a Shakesperian tragedy is presented. An example of a Shakespeare play with a similar storyline to Othello is Romeo and Juliet. At first we are shown two characters so in love that conflicts cannot keep them apart for example at the very beginning of the play we are presented with a love so strong that it forced two characters,
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References to him are derogatory hinting at hatred of the general being reffered to. Referring to Othello "he", "him" and "the moor" (a racist term) but also talking about him being a "proud" general - but while regarding his decisions about appointing a liutenant out of favouritism rather than reason and who pursues women - contradicting the term "proud" as this does not put across the idea of a good General. So from the outset one of the main themes is shown already - the theme of appearance (alongside the theme of race).

The theme of hate is insinuated through Iago's passion and drive for revenge in act one. It is shown that Othello obviously trusts Iago and regards him as a close friend. However, Iago as well as obviously being aggrieved about being overlooked for promotion, we can already see that iago's character is not to be trusted. Iago is intent on revenge because of Cassio's promotion. Iago has "love and duty" so that he can get close enough to him to plot against him. Iago talks about himself a lot in lines 55-65 of act one - the pronouns "I" and "my" are used a lot - showing the character to be self absorbed and self involved and obviously focused on his intentions of destruction on Othello. So his hatred is shown quite strongly here. A little later in act 1 scene 1 we

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