Sunday, January 27, 2019
Jealousy and Othello
How does shakespeare search the tooth root of spot in Othello? In the play Othello, Shakespeare explores through the theme of authority. He presents different types of authority such(prenominal) as racial, military, political, sexist, emotional and deception. Shakespeare ingestions techniques such as image, symbolism, contrast, repetition, spectacular irony and pronouns to help portray the theme of authority. Shakespeare uses characterisation to break up the characters to help express authority in Othello.Othello is seen as the takeoff rocket and tragic hero of the play. He is described as an eloquent and physically causalityful figure at the beginning of the play. He uses his experience of cont block up in the battlefields to woo Desdemona and to gain her love. She love me for the dangers I had passed, and I loved her that she did pity them. From this Othello gains authority all over Desdemona as she loves him. He is depicted as a general who is of military authority over the armies of Venice, but similarly as a moor in the eyes of Iago, Brabantio and Roderigo because of his racial colour. Your girl and the Moor are now making the beast with both backs. In spite of his military status, he possesses a free and open personality which Iago uses to his advantage to twist Othellos love for Desdemona, which turns his love into an uncontrollable and moonstruck jealousy. Due to Iagos humankindipulation Othello becomes obsessive and compulsive which adds fire to the jealousy within Othello. Shakespeare portrays Iago as a manipulative and evil person. He is seen as the antagonist of the play.Envy of Cassio, jealousy of Othellos possession of Desdemona, jealous fear that both(prenominal) Othello and Cassio may have cuckolded him and the incessant desire for bills and power is what fuels Iagos motivations and leads to Iagos destructive actions. Iago like Othello is motivated by the same enviousness and jealousy that arouses murderous hatred. Iagos des ire for power leads Iago to manipulate and annihilate others reputation to gain his own. Iago is highly skilled with linguistic process and uses language to gain his power.One such situation is when Iago convinces Cassio to drink to get him drunk which leads to Cassio losing his position as lieutenant which is then given to Iago. Iago uses battalions promiscuousnesses and strengths to control his victims. This creates a sense of authority over them as he can easily manipulate them to do what he wants and to get what he wants. The women in Othello are characterised to have little to no power or authority against the males. This shows a sexiest view of authority.Though Desdemona is the senators daughter and starts off as a strong and independent woman defying her father, near the end she is seen as weak and unfaithful and alike as a push over as she easily forgives Othello for everything he has done therefore showing that Desdemona has little power in her relationship with Othel lo. genus Emilia is portrayed as a distrustful and worldly woman. Emilia is deeply attached to her mistress, Desdemona, though she tries to grab her husband, Iagos attention and affections by stealing Desdemonas handkerchief and giving it to Iago.In the end though Emilia goes up against Iago she is killed for it. Bianca, is a represented as a prostitute who doesnt have any power or authority and is ab apply by Cassio as he doesnt evaluate her and uses her as a sex toy. The handkerchief plays a very important subroutine in Othello. It symbolises different things to the different characters. For Desdemona the handkerchief is a symbol of Othellos love and for Othello it symbolises marital faithfulness as it was his mothers and used it to keep his father faithful to her.By losing the handkerchief and lying about it, Othello sees it as a sign of infidelity and thinks that Desdemona is tare on him. For Iago, he sees it as an opportunity to use the handkerchief to beguile Othello into believing that Desdemona is unfaithful to him and cheating on him with Cassio who Iago uses as a part of his plan to confirm Othellos uncertainties of Desdemonas infidelity which drives Othello insane with jealousy. The handkerchief is a symbol of fidelity and trust which Iago manipulates to gain power over Othello.Dramatic irony is shown throughout the play. Iago is the of import source of dramatic irony for his cunning ways. Iago is depicted as having two faces, one that is for show which is as a loyal soldier and swear friend while the other as an evil and sinful man which only the audience knows until the end of the play. Iagos loyalty as a soldier and as a friend is contrasted sharply to his true conception which is to destroy the lives Othello, Cassio and, Roderigo as a bonus, to gain power and money.Such irony includes Othellos trust in Iago, as Othello listens to Iago and does what he says, giving Iago power over him, though the audience knows his true intensions which is to destroy his life and everyone he loves. Cassio is also a victim to manipulation. Iago uses persuasive language to get Cassio drunk which leads Cassio into acquire into fight with Roderigo, who Iago also has power over, to get Cassio stripped of his status as lieutenant which goes to Iago.Though Cassio thinks of Iago as a friend who wants to celebrate with him, he is rightful(prenominal) another civilian towards his plan to gain power. The use of repetition is in the first place used by Iago which is used to emphasis and brainwash his victims. Put money in thy purse, is repeatedly said to hypnotise Roderigo into believing that Iago pull up stakes help him get Desdemona for the price of all his money, but of course this is dramatic irony as the audience knows he is being used by Iago, creating a strong authority over Roderigo.Iago has Roderigo so mesmerised that he convinces him to kill Cassio, as Iago has made him believe that Cassio was also after Desdemonas affections and w as competition that had to be eliminated. Villainy, is repeatedly said by Emilia to emphasis the murder of an innocent lady and to create guilt deep down of Othellos conscience. Shakespeare conjures an Elizabeth racial stereotype which creates a racial authority. Elizabethans were very minute to the use of the pronouns such as you and thee, which sent clear social signals.Even though Othello is of high authority, he is not treated with the same respect as the livid people because of his racial colour. People such as Iago use thou and thee towards Othello and you and your towards Brabantio. This shows that Iago acknowledges Othello as a superior but has no respect for him as he calls him by thee which implies contempt. The use of pronouns such as you is more than formal and distant, suggesting respect for a superior. An old black ram is tupping your white ewe, is a racist comment used to describe Othello.Because of the white henpecked race in Cyprus, black people such as Othello do not get the same respect as one should get. In conclusion, Shakespeare has expressed many views of authority in Othello. The use of techniques and structure has helped develop the theme of authority. One of Shakespeares messages of authority in the play is that jealousy can be destructive and powerful and can lead people to do unmentionable deeds. It can lead us into compulsion and fixation and destroy the person that we are.