Questions of Humanity in William Shakespeare's Othello

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Questions of Humanity in William Shakespeare's Othello They are questions as old as civilization itself. Does man have control over his own destiny? Is man ultimately held accountable for his actions by a higher power? Within the plays of William Shakespeare can be found such fundamental questions and conflicts of humanity, as well as situations, attitudes, and problems that continue to hold strong universal meaning to this day. Humankind depends on element of choice to define its destiny. Its position in universe relates to element of choice i.e. pathos or glory in the potentialities of men and the pathos of human suffering or the sense of needlessness wastes the good. One of Shakespeare’s most credible Iago has a large appetite for revenge. In his perspective, he believes that it is he who should be in charge, not Othello the Moor. This creates anger in Iago, who entraps Othello in the web of deceit. He does that by creating misunderstandings that implant images in Othello’s head that lead to his downfall. Iago is constantly like a puppet master, pulling the strings of people around him. Iago is jealous of the relationship shared between Othello and Desdemona. The character of Iago twists Othello into killing his wife, and eventually himself, through manipulating Othello’s trust and loyalty. Iago uses the handkerchief as a symbol through which Othello is convinced of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness. This handkerchief plays many roles throughout Othello. Because of the importance placed upon this object, the driving force of the play becomes centered on the particular qualities of this handkerchief. In its most important aspect, the ... ... middle of paper ... ...esdemona is willing to sacrifice everything for Othello in the play and this could be a reason to whey she is so compliant of his vindictiveness. Desdemona calls Othello her 'lord' on a number of occasions in the play. Desdemona calling Othello 'lord' is an extremely good example of the acceptance she has of living in this male-dominated society. The way Desdemona calls Othello 'lord' makes it seem as if he is her king or perhaps her ruler and that he owns her. Many men were treated in this respect in this era. The sheer amount of male influence on Othello by Iago makes him assume, as soon as the subject matter is touched upon, that Desdemona is cheating on him. Othello doesn't believe Desdemona when she is telling Othello her side of the story, he only believes what his 'trusting friend' Iago has brainwashed him with.

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