Love and Hate Expressed by Characters in William Shakespeare's Othello
In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, different characters contribute to the development of particular themes. Three strong themes portrayed by the characters are of; misplaced trust, love vs. Hate and jealousy, and shattered innocence.
The first theme of misplaced trust is clearly evident in most of all the characters that are manipulated by the depraved Iago. Roderigo is the first character to be entangled in his web of deception, whom I will focus on. Iago essentially uses Roderigo as a source of financial gain and a tool in extracting his revenge on the other characters.
In Act I, Iago has him awaken Brabantio in order to spoil Othello's secret honeymoon with his daughter; "Call up her father. Rouse him, make after him, poison his delight."(1.1.69-70) Iago financially abuses Roderigo as well, consoling him constantly to "put money in thy purse," (1.3.335) therefore supporting Iago's expenditures, which are supposedly winning Desdemona's love for him. Only later in the play does Roderigo begin to see his possible folly in trusting Iago. He questions Iago about his jewels that he gave to him to allegedly turn over to Desdemona; "assure yourself I will seek satisfaction of you." (4.2.204-05) However, once again Iago consoles him to be patient, pleading that he has "dealt most directly in thy affair." (4.2.211) Later in Act V, Iago actually gets Roderigo to attempt his murder of Michael Cassio for him, all the while telling him "I'll be at thy elbow" (5.1.3), supposedly aiding him in the task. Ultimately it is only in his own death that he finally recognizes the true nature of the malevolent Iago, as he is stabbed to death by him; "O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!" (5.1.63)
Another one of the themes illustrated is of love vs. hate and jealousy. The character who dynamically best represents this is Othello. Throughout the course of the play it is by Iago's manipulations that Othello's mindset changes. The once loving and self-reliant man, becomes a hysterical, wildly jealous, and...