Role of Possibility in Othello
ROLE OF CHANCE IN OTHELLO. In no other Shakespearean tragedy, Chance has such a crucial and essential function to play as in Othello. Here the dramatist’s belief in the magnificent justice is changed by belief in possibility. In Othello, opportunity is at the center of the action and the awful action would not have actually been possible without its operation. In Othello, possibility is the main spring of action. The skill of Iago was extraordinary however so was his good fortune. Desdemona’s love for Othello starts in a possibility. It seems unnatural that Desdemona brought up amidst of the improvements & & events of the Venetian life should have drawn in towards the Moor.
Cassio’s termination is the paradox of the possibility. Cassio convinced by Iago to consume a cup of red wine, it is just by opportunity that Cassio strikes Montano and engages himself in a brawl which results in his dismissal. The function of possibility in the “handkerchief episode” is most important because this is what provides last shape to Iago’s conspiracy. Desdemona by chance drops the scarf and Emilia chooses it up without Desdemona’s knowledge and hands it over to Iago who has actually been asking for it. He drops it in Cassio’s room and it is once again by opportunity that Cassio gives it to Binnaca to copy its embroidery.
Chance, again plays its part, for Binnaca shows up when Iago and Cassio are holding a talk and Othello sees the handkerchief in the Binnaca’s hand. It is the harsh conspiracy of the Possibility that Desdemona can not speak the truth about the handkerchief. She does not inform her partner that she has actually dropped and lost the handkerchief somewhere. Unwillingly she sidetracks the issue when the Moor consistently inquires about it. Possibility needed to play its role that’s what Emilie to admit the fact about Desdemona that she had actually picked the handkerchief and offered it to Iago.
She keeps complete silence when Desdemona is stressing and fuming about the scarf. It is rather a various thing that Emilie later on reveals the whole mystery to Othello. Its again possibility that Desdemona sheds tears when she learns that Cassio’s death which goes to excite Othello’s jealousy. To conclude, chance is the lever of action, bringing about the tragedy in Othello with all the incidents presented in such a manner that they appear rather proper and natural to the celebration.