Othello Themes Essay

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Jordyn Graham Mrs. Ruth Zollars ENGL 113-11 December 1, 2017 Analysis of the Themes in Shakespeare’s Tragedy Othello One of the things most interesting, in my opinion, about Shakespeare is that, he finds a way to play on the emotions every audience member in all of his plays. In Othello, Shakespeare starts by using the prejudice that the English people have for African Americans as well as the hate the English people have for the Spanish. Othello really sweeps the audience into it from the beginning. This paper focuses on the themes that are in Othello. These themes include: jealousy and hate, race and identity, gender and sex, and manipulation. My goal in this paper is to analyze the seven themes mentioned in the last sentence. To achieve my goal I've divided my paper into four sections. I will analyze the themes and then use my resources to further the analysis. The first section will cover jealousy and hate. The second section will cover race and identity. In the third section, gender and sex is covered. The fourth, and final, section covers manipulation. Othello begins in a scene with the villainous Iago and a suitor of Desdemona, Roderigo, discussing how Iago hates Othello so it’s only right to start with hate and jealousy. Jealousy and Hate These two themes are two of the most important of the seven themes that will be covered in this paper. The first theme I would like to analyze is jealousy. Ken Jacobsen writes, “in the first scene of Othello Iago complains about the shabby treatment he believes he has received from his general. … Iago loses the lieutenant to a man he considers his inferior in both qualifications and experience” (497). Iago is a jealous man who seems to be a sore loser because, he didn't get the li... ... middle of paper ... ....ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph=&AN=9708061167&site=ehost-live. Jacobsen, Ken. “Iago’s Art of War: The “Machiavellian Moment” in Othello.” Modern Philology, vol. 106, no. 3, Feb. 2009, pp. 497-529. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.neosho.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=43756978&site=ehost-live. Phillips, Adam. “Othello on Satisfaction.” Raritan, vol. 31, no. 1, Summer 2011, pp. 50-69. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.neosho.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=66464879&site=ehost-live Vanita, Ruth. "`Proper' Men and `Fallen' Women: The Unprotectedness of Wives in `Othello'." Studies in English Literature (Rice), vol. 34, no. 2, Spring94, p. 341. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.neosho.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9408122326&site=ehost-live.
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