William Shakespeare’s play Othello, composed in 1603, is embeded in Venice and follows the ‘worthy’ general Othello who is controlled by Iago into his own downfall; being the murder of his spouse then suicide. The play checks out some of the deepest characteristics of human experience, consisting of moral decay, emotional suffering and strong ethical acts. This is driven by the themes of jealousy, appearance versus truth, and honour. These and other aspects combine together presenting a play with a long-lasting and deep value, allowing it to stay through time as it can resonate with many.
Excellent early morning class. Act 3 scene 3 and act 5 scene 2 demonstrate these dark human qualities that happen generally to Othello; the tragic hero. Othello’s morals quickly weaken not long after Iago plants a seed of jealousy in his mind, as he ends up being so angered with emotion that he can no longer make judgements of what is right and wrong. Othello, in act 3 scene 3 has the utmost regard for his wife: ‘Outstanding scum! Perdition capture my soul but I do like thee; and when I love thee not, chaos is come again. Othello objecting his undying love for Desdemona foreshadows mayhem to come when he no longer enjoys her. Significant irony here illustrates the important part in the play where Iago’s strategies start in movement. Othello’s language and tone considerably changes from here to act 5 scene 2: ‘Out, strumpet! Weep’st thou for him to my face?’ Structurally, calling Desdemona a whore to her face then proclaiming jealousy of Desdemona’s apparent love for Cassio in the very same sentence, demonstrates the impact of jealousy on Othello’s morals.
Between these scenes, Othello has lost his respect for females, which, in both the Elizabethan period and now, highlights an absence in moral requirements. The metaphor ‘Green considered monster’ as Iago explained of jealousy, is appropriate as it gnaws Othello’s morals. As the universal theme of jealousy here is a primary reason for the character of Othello decline morally; this enables jealousy to provide a long-lasting worth to the play, because it stimulates feelings and reminds persons of what jealousy can do to the inmost of human qualities.
Iago dominates using appearance versus truth as he pretends to be a sincere friend while veritably being perfidious. In act 3 scene 3, Othello shares his understanding of Iago: ‘And for I know thou’rt loaded with love and sincerity’ which, contrasted to Iago stating ‘The Moor already alters with my poison’ shows Iago’s usage look versus truth for treachery. Iago likewise manipulates the look of Desdemona, from being innocent to dishonest: ‘We see nothing done, she may be honest yet’ portrays how Iago uses paradox to thoroughly place the idea of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness in Othello’s mind.
This works since Iago understands due to Othello’s newlywed weakness, that he will question his partner’s sincerity. In act 5 scene 2, after Othello has actually understood the unfair murder of his innocent partner due to Iago’s tricking look, he exclaims: ‘I’ll kill myself for sorrow. O villainy, villainy! ‘. This quote illustrates the result of look versus reality, which is deep emotional suffering.
Shakespeare has created an unreliable truth for the character of Othello so that the audience responds by feeling compassion and deep enthusiasms for the characters thus providing a more appealing and lasting play. Honour is what Othello thinks about is essential, and in his eyes, having without would make him what the bias characters of the ‘white’ Venetian society think about him; an animal. Profession and personal life are uncomfortably appreciable for Othello which permits work friend Iago to step in with his marriage.
As Iago lies of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness, Othello sees this as demining his honour both personally and occupationally. After finding out of this he states in act 3 scene 3 over drastically with using repetition: ‘Farewell tranquil mind! Farewell material! Farewell the huge wars that makes ambition virtue! ‘. Everything that Othello has actually worked for might now be messed up due to the fact that of his spouse’s unfaithfulness; so he fights to safeguard his honour by killing Desdemona: ‘For naught did I in hate, however all in honour’.
After realising that his actions have caused dishonour, which now, he is paradoxically the animal he attempted to protect himself from, he does the only thing he thinks will avenge his wrong; to sacrifice himself to his honour. In act 5 scene 2 his last words are: ‘No way but this, eliminating myself I pass away upon a kiss.’ Suicide for honour is the last and greatest moral act Othello has ever done, and even though suicide is thought wrong both today and in the Elizabethan period, the sacrifice seems a simply retribution for killing someone so innocent.
The theme of honour provides this effective attribute to the play that is so deep and essential to human nature that it yields engagement from responders from each time. The universal styles of jealousy, look versus reality and honour, portray throughout Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello; effective and essential human qualities consisting of moral deterioration, emotional suffering and strong ethical acts. These qualities provide engagement and endurableness to the play, therefore allowing it to reverberate with persons throughout time. Thank you.