Othello, By William Shakespeare

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In the play Othello (1603) by William Shakespeare, love and hate are two most critical far-reaching themes expressed throughout the play. There is no doubt that whether Othello loves Desdemona during the initial parts of the play and hence they get married. Then as the play progresses, Iago, the villain in the play manipulates Othello, by gaining his trust and injects him with the poisonous seeds of hate and jealousy. Thus, the great love between the couple fades away as hatred, jealously and revenge takes over Othello – which only ends after he murders his wife. Iago’s character was very diabolical from the very beginning of the play and it can be analyzed that Iago’s motivation for wrecking Othello’s happiness and his life arises solely from hatred. But, the real question that we need to focus, is that on whether Iago loved Othello at the same time? Can Iago’s evil actions be compromised if he wished that if he couldn’t be with Othello; Othello shouldn’t be with anyone - even if it included destroying what he loved once? The two contradictory themes– love and hate, as demonstrated in the play, the real reason behind the intense hatred toward Othello was driven by motiveless malignancy; it had been slowly eating him inside and he was unhappy, because of his love and an unhealthy obsession for Othello. By examining the last part of Act Three, Scene Three [3.3. 454 – 479] of the play thoroughly, it can be perceived that homosexual attraction bind Iago and Othello together in that crucial scene, which in fact is the motive of Iago’s deeds for indirectly ruining Othello’s life. The scene is set when Othello is filled with thoughts of getting revenge and Iago asks Othello to be patient. Othello kne... ... middle of paper ... ...alignity - as he lacks empathy and morality and deceives Othello to murder his innocent wife. Although the play Othello was written in 1603, Shakespeare had shrewdly specified that homosexual attraction and tension had existed during those times, and above that, what it could lead to, if it was not resolved in a healthy manner. Out of all the villains created by Shakespeare, Iago tops the list as the most venomous villain and is overwhelmed with lust for evil. Moreover, it can be doubted whether Shakespeare displays Iago as the Devil himself in the human form, since during those times homosexuality was not believed to have existed, like how it is now in the twenty first century. Even if it did exist secretly during those times, it would be considered devilish - as it is in the Bible. Even today, this is a matter of great controversy in our society.

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