Poison in both Hamlet, Prince of Demark, and Othello, the Moor of Venice, causes social dis-harmony and social chaos through poisonous emotions that lead to deceit and death.
In Hamlet, Price of Denmark, poison first appears in the form of jealousy. Claudius, King Hamlet’s brother, is filled with jealousy; he wants both the throne and the Queen. Claudius is fueled by his jealousy and sets out get what he wants. Claudius kills his own brother through the use of a liquid poison. From the King’s death comes chaos for the country. Once King Hamlet’s ghost appears, Horatio declares, “In what particular thought to work I know not, But in the gross and scope of mine opinion this bodes some ...view middle of the document...
The King orders Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, “Follow him at foot. Tempt him with speed aboard. Delay it not. I’ll have him hence tonight. Away! For everything is sealed and done that else leans on the affair. Pray you, make haste” (Hamlet, Price of Denmark, 4, iii, 58-61). When Hamlet survived the battle at sea, Claudius’ poison continued to thicken.
Shakespeare uses the emotional position of jealousy again in Othello, the Moor of Venice, to cause dis-harmony and chaos. Iago is driven by his jealousy of Othello and begins the social dis-harmony and chaos by first awaking Brabantio, Desdemona’s father. Iago orders Rodrigo to wake the senator and tells him, “Awake! What ho, Brabantio! Thieves, thieves, thieves! Look to your house, your daughter, and your bags! Thieves, thieves” (Othello, the Moor of Venice, 1, I, 81-83)! By awaking the senator, who searches the town for his daughter, Desdemona, Iago has caused a social chaos within the city.
Iago’s original jealousy continues to wreak havoc as it permeates into those characters around him. His jealousy leads him to deceive Othello into thinking that Desdemona is cheating on him. We see Iago’s motives in an aside, “Oh you are well tuned now! But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music, as honest as I am” (Othello, the Moor of Venice, 2, I, 201-203). His plan is to cause disharmony, to “change the music”.
In both Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and Othello, the Moor of Venice, the poison of jealousy permeates and turns into deceit that is used to cause social dis-harmony and chaos. In both plays so much jealousy and deceit has occurred that the path to anger and death seems inevitable. Shakespeare uses characters that are affected by jealousy in his literary works, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and Othello, the Moor of Venice. In Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, King Claudius is jealous of his brother’s throne and his wife. King Claudius’ jealousy leads to anger and he deceives both Hamlet and the Queen. In Othello, the Moor of Venice, Iago is jealous of Othello; this pushes him to deceive the Moor and those around him. Both plays have characters who are controlling the narrative and actions of those around them. The poison has spread from two people to multiple relationships and has widened the social chaos.
In both literary works the end result of all jealous acts,...