Characters and universal issues in othello

When the seed of jealousy is sown in his mind, it begins to grow like moss in the sea. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, Othello's wife Desdemona, his lieutenant Cassio and advisor Iago.

He shows this theme throughout the book by giving Othello, the main character, the trait of low self-confidence. To "prove" something is to investigate it to the point where its true nature is revealed. Once Iago inflames Othello's jealousy and sets the darker aspects of Othello's nature in motion, there is nothing Othello can do to stop it, since he cannot even admit that he has these darker traits.

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Othello predicates his success in love on his success as a soldier, wooing Desdemona with tales of his military travels and battles. When Othello promotes a man called Michael Cassio over Iago, he is furious and launches a malicious campaign against Othello. Once Othello, Iago, Desdemona, Emilia, and Roderigo have come to Cyprus, they have nothing to do but prey upon one another. Her relationship with Othello is one of love, and she is deliberately loyal only to her marriage. Iago is the ambitious but scheming villain of the play. Louis B. Once the Turks are drowned—by natural rather than military might—Othello is left without anything to do: the last act of military administration we see him perform is the viewing of fortifications in the extremely short second scene of Act III. This theme of appearance and reality is best indicated in lago's description of his own personality: "I am not what I am", and when he teases Othello with an irony: "Men must be what they seem to be".

The entire play of Othello conveys a motion that of a Shakespearean Tragedy. He is tough, determined and committed to justice and righteousness.

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But he is also victimized by an unjustified, but terrible hatred. When Shakespeare wrote Othello, viewing the play was an event in itself, not an hour and a half thrill ride that today's viewer have come to expect.

Indeed, it is jealousy that provides the fuel for the plot and deception that leads to the classic downfall of the 'hero' as is common in Shakespeare tragedies.

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Themes in Shakespeare's Othello