Inecurity Of Manhood In Othello's Insecurity Of Manhood
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Othello’s Insecurity of Manhood
“Insecurity kills all that is beautiful” in Shakespeare’s O thello the tragedy clearly testifies to this theme as it tells the story of marriage of beauty and passion that turns to ashes all due to insecurity. More specifically, the story of Othello, a successful Black Mauritanian general of the Venetian army, tells of an interracial marriage to a White upper middle class Venetian wife, Desdemona, who is determined to make their love eternal. However, due to Othello’s decision to appoint Michael Cassio over his trusted ensign Iago, Iago tells Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with the newly appointed white lieutenant, Cassio. In response, Othello kills Desdemona by smothering her with a pillow. Once finding out that Iago made the whole story up, Othello kills himself out of guilt and honor. Many may wonder what was the cause of Othello’s core problems that commenced his demise to kill his love and then take his own life. Jealousy, such as a man losing a lover to another man, can originate from deep insecurities about maintaining honor and a sense of manhood. For example, Othello’s conflict…show more content… As demonstrated by this play, despite one 's accomplishment, insecurities can be very detrimental to one 's life. Insecurities can be displayed in many different ways. This includes the way one speaks of themselves in relation to others and also displaying negative behavior due to jealousy. From analyzing Othello’s Insecurities one thing that we can learn is not to let our insecurities smother out flame.
Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine. T he Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. New York: Washington Square, 1993.