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Religion As Depicted In Shakespeare´S Othello

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During the 1600’s (Elizabethan), in which Othello was published, the philosophies of religion were a dominant feature in literature. Religion was also a highly domineering facet of Elizabethan Literature, due to the influence of the protestant church and reigning monarch at the time. Religion is arguably explored as being painful and harrowing, which is debatably exemplified in Othello during his tribulations. Furthermore “The Monk”, being written in 1796, the ideology of religion was a reoccurring aspect of literature. However, Lewis adds elements of Eros and lust, entwining it with the concept of romanticism, arguably challenging the capability of man in maintaining the dogma of Christianity. More on, “Oranges aren’t the only fruit”, which was written during the contemporary period, arguably challenges the ideology of Christianity in its entirety. It can be regarded as exploring human natures inability in conforming to religion, therefore resulting in sense of oppression and arguably failure of self.
Shakespeare uses Othello in order to convey the difficulties individuals face when interpreting the teachings of religion. These ingrained thoughts form the basis of Othello’s behaviour, thus enabling Iago to use varying elements of deception, Shakespeare utilising Iago as a catalyst thus furthering the plot of the play. Othello elevates himself into the role of judge and jury concerning the accusations made against Desdemona. He declares “if you bethink yourself of any crime unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace, solicit for it straight”. The assonance of ‘if you bethink yourself’ creates an interrogative tone with the power being placed on the personal pronouns to show guilt. This is combined with sibilance when Othello demands ‘solicit for it straight’ establishing a sinister and sadistic reflection of Othello’s changing character. Othello’s demands here are not unjust as the Bible clearly states ‘wives submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord’. The bible seems to promote the placement of husbands in the same position as the ‘Lord’ thus further justifying Othello’s behaviour and reactions to this non-existent misdemeanour. Arguably, this suggests that Desdemona is expected to conform to this commandment and there is room for redemption if she commits her ‘crime’. Othello clearly cares for his wife as he subliminally places the word ‘heaven’ in the centre of his sentence to show the significance of his beliefs.
Further into this confrontational dialogue, we are able to see an increase in the intensity of this scene “Talk you of killing”; we are able to see that Desdemona has reached a stage of realisation concerning the severity of the presented scenario. “Ay I do heaven have mercy on me” it becomes discernable that Othello wishes to pass a suitable judgement based on the creeds of Christianity as opposed to using his rational and reasoning. Othello says “Amen with all his heart”; debatably, this suggests he wishes Desdemona not to...

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