Love And Hate Expressed By Characters In William Shakespeare's Othello

716 words - 3 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On Love and Hate Expressed by Characters in William Shakespeare's Othello

Love and Hate Depicted in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

1043 words - 4 pages Love and Hate Depicted in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is a play both about love and hate. Shakespeare illustrates the theme of hate most prominently through the prejudices of both Christians and Jews and their behaviour towards one another. The theme of love is shown amongst the Christians, in the love of friendship and marital love. The themes are emphasised in the settings of the play, Belmont symbolising

Racism in William Shakespeare's Othello Essay

1151 words - 5 pages Racism in William Shakespeare's Othello The play, Othello, is certainly, in part, the tragedy of racism. Examples of racism are common throughout the dialog. This racism is directed toward Othello, a brave soldier from Africa and currently supreme commander of the Venetian army. Nearly every character uses a racial slur to insult Othello at one point in the play. Even Emilia sinks to the level of insulting Othello based on the color of

Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

1219 words - 5 pages Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello William Shakespeare, born: 1564 died: 1616, is considered one of the greatest writers who has ever lived. He had a unique way of putting things into words. All of his plays, sonnets, and poems have gotten great recognition. But when Shakespeare wrote Othello he created one of the most controversial villains of all times; Iago. He is best described as disturbing, ruthless, and amoral. No other character

Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

1543 words - 6 pages Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Works Cited Missing In Shakespeare's drama 'Othello', the reader is presented a tragedy of characters deeply affected by the clash of good and evil. The evil contained within Othello is by no means magical or mythical yet is represented by the character Iago. Iago has no

Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

2559 words - 10 pages Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Iago has many motives for destroying the other characters in the play. One of these is jealousy. Iago is jealous of Othello, Desdemona, Cassio and even his own wife, Emilia. He is jealous of Othello for many reasons. Iago wants the power and the respect that Othello has. We see this in Act 2 scene 1 where Iago says ‘the moor- howbeit I endure him not- is of a constant, loving, noble

Jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello

2106 words - 8 pages jealous feelings, so did most of the rest of characters, no matter what social ranking they were classified in. Even from the well-developed characters, such as Othello, to the lesser figures, such as Roderigo, envy and lust were feelings all of Shakespeare's characters were accountable of holding at one time or other in the play. Within each of the characters in Othello was a level of jealousy, which Iago created by testing their pressure points

Shylock in William Shakespeare's Othello

2744 words - 11 pages Shylock in William Shakespeare's Othello The Jews ancestral home-land, where they had lived for hundreds of years was Palestine. However, they were exiled from this land in about the year 400 AD. They scattered out and formed a Diaspora, a community of exiled people. Once the Roman Empire had deteriorated, a lot of them began to make their way back to Palestine, which was then invaded by the Turks, and ruled by them for

Love In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

3753 words - 15 pages Love In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The legend of Romeo and Juliet had been popular for more than a hundred years; by the time Shakespeare wrote his play. Shakespeare's primary source for 'Romeo and Juliet' is a popular poem-'The tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet', by Arthur Brooke (1562). Brooke's poem is based on Luigi Da Porta's tale of Romeo and Giulietta. Da Porta was the first to insist that the

Love and Death in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Othello

1766 words - 7 pages says, “I have night's cloak to hide me from their sight; And but thou love me, let them find me here: My life were better ended by their hate,Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.” (Shakespeare, Act II Scene II) The love that Romeo and Juliet share is so overwhelming that it is toxic to their thought process. They believe that there is no other choice at the end of the play except that of death. Othello is not very different in theme

The Meaning of Love in Shakespeare's Othello

2299 words - 9 pages in life, many different types of love, with some characters displaying different sorts of love depending on with whom they are sharing their love. Probably the most obvious love is between Othello and Desdemona, characterised by their happiness to see each other after Othello's separation due to the storm: Othello: O my fair warrior! Desdemona: My dear Othello! Othello: ... O my soul's joy, If after every tempest come such calms May

The Failure of Love in Shakespeare's Othello

1050 words - 4 pages In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, there are numerous important ideas that are expressed throughout the play. One of the more significant ones is love, which is demonstrated in different types, through various characters. Shakespeare is conveying the message that the occurrence of negative incidents will overthrow even the strongest feelings of love. The relationship between Othello and Desdemona, the brotherly love between the Moor

Similar Essays

The Contrast Of Love And Hate In William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

1787 words - 7 pages The Contrast of Love and Hate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a love story that has more hostility and bloodshed than most of to day's common television series. The play begins with an insurrection of the civilian people, ends with a double suicide, and in between of this hostility and bloodshed there is an act of three murders. All of this takes place in the duration of four petite days

Jealousy, Love And Betrayal In Othello By William Shakespeare

2187 words - 9 pages Examine the role of jealousy, love, and/or betrayal in Othello. You may want to pick one character (Iago or Othello perhaps?) and focus on one issue.(O) 15 The role of jealousy, love and betrayal play a major role in The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. The entire play is based on the human interactions of the characters as related to Othello and Desdemona. The characters’ personalities, their social status, and their relationships to

Othello And Iago In William Shakespeare's Play

3666 words - 15 pages Othello and Iago in William Shakespeare's Play Othello, the main character in the play is married to Desdemona. At the start of the play Othello is seen as evil and bad by all the other characters and the audience. Brobantio (Desdemona's father), dislikes Othello very much at the start of the play. This is because Othello married Desdemona without her father's consent and Brobantio thinks Othello has used black magic to

The Opposing Themes Of Love And Hate In The Play Romeo And Juliet By William Shakespeare

1709 words - 7 pages The Opposing Themes of Love and Hate in the Play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet there are two very strong emotions which threaten their relationship. These two emotions are love and hate. The love that Romeo and Juliet have is threatened by there families full of hate (Capulet and Montague). These two emotions interweave throughout the whole play. In Act 2 Scene 2 Juliet