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Jealousy in particular, was an important emotion in the drama of English Renaissance. As Katharine Maus explains, “In English drama, jealousy dominates the lots of many plays.” (Maus). The story of Othello showcases how jealousy, particularly sexual jealousy is one of the most corrupting and destructive of emotions. The kind of jealousy that was illustrated in Othello has in fact, become a point of study for many. “Othello syndrome is the delusional belief in the infidelity of spouse. Writers such as Shakespeare and Tolstoy describe the natural history of sexual jealousy with singular brilliance and poignancy that help’s understand man’s innate nature better.” (Todd and Dewhurst). It is not merely one but several who have studied what is now an official term, the Othello Syndrome in the discourse of Psychology: “We describe a case of pathologic jealousy (Othello syndrome) in a patient with Parkinson disease” (McNamara). We see then, how important a role jealousy plays in all our lives. It is a disease, both literally and figuratively.
Othello is one of the more renowned plays of Shakespeare. Not only has it been repeatedly and thoroughly studied in academic discourses, it has also been adapted into several screenplays. Othello is the story of a man who, driven with jealousy destroys his own life and the lives of his loved ones. Iago, a trusted friend of Othello, felt envious of Casio’s promotion. He wished to avenge both, Othello and Casio. He found his opportunity by manipulating man’s more base emotions. Iago used Othello’s love for Desdemona to strike them all down. And the beauty of his plan was that he sowed the seeds of jealousy where there was no fertile soil. It was all tricks and imagery. "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss who, certain
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The play thrashes out various themes like revenge, power, jealousy and suppressed sexuality. However, literary critics have identified that the major theme of the play is the revenge of Iago, Othello’s villainous assistant. Examining the play William Shakespeare’s Othello a reader can easily find that the dramatist has portrayed the character of Iago as powerful and intellectual villain.
Jealousy is an experience that has no sense of reason, no sense of rationality, and often climaxes in a traumatic event that is life altering. Arguments, violence, anguish, and destruction can all come from the rise of jealousy in between two people. In the story of Othello, Shakespeare explores the theme of jealousy for all of its most destructive powers. When Othello kills Desdemona in a fit of rage, he has been shadowed in the worst of the powers of jealousy.
In the modern setting, racism is still a very sensitive topic that everyone tries to avoid because of the complexities that it may convey. Consequently, creating unconventional characters such as a protagonist who is black, noble and respectable and carries a high rank in the army, and an antagonist who is white and evil, is something that is totally outrageous when Shakespeare first brought ‘Othello’ to his 17th century European audience.
‘Othello’ an awesome tragedy play. Other Shakespearian plays involve themes of political conquest and fight for power. Unlike Hamlet, Macbeth, or King Lear, the tragedy in Othello does not erupt from a quest for power, it stems out of the fragility and corruption of love and love's vulnerability to hate.
Though he appears as a man of virtue, these characteristics make him jealous and revengeful. A look into Othello’s character proves that the internal conflicts in him range from Jealousy, insecurity, and hate. In fact, Othello’s jealously against his wife Desdemona is the strongest emotion seen in the play.
That is, Iago does not destroy him; rather he provokes him to initiate his self-destruction by triggering the deep-seated suspicion, insecurity and inferiority complex in his psyche. So, Othello is self-destructive. But the
This paper analyzes the themes of jealousy, discrimination, and misrepresentation in the play. The plot, characterizations of Iago, Othello, and Desdemona, and symbolisms depict how characters have succumbed to these themes, and as a consequence, they have driven the play to its tragic ending.
According to the essay, in Othello, Shakespeare has moved against the conventional stereotyping of black as evil by changing the meaning of black and white in the play. Through his attempt to alter the significance of black and white, Shakespeare seems to be making a political statement with respect to race.
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