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The Theme In "Othello" By William Shakespere

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The theme of love is woven throughout the story of "Othello", in many forms. Othello's love of Desdemona, Cassio's love of Othello, Rodrigo's love for Desdemona, Iago's supposed love of his wife, but more importantly his love of his own fortune. These are but a few of the forms of love that steer and guide the reader through love's perils. All in all, though, there seems to be one theme that pervades the entire story of The Moore fighting for Venice: Blind love will be man's undoing.The easiest proof of man's undoing at the hand of love is in the form of Othello and Desdemona. Othello, the hard hearted soldier, the cold unfeeling warrior, moved to passions he did not know how to handle allowed him to be blinded by jealousy and caused him to kill the very thing that he loved. Desdemona, fair and pure, fell in love with the harsh and cruel stories that Othello told of his battles and adventures. Almost as a person could be entranced by the beauty of a lion, she is lured into his den and ultimately killed by the fiercer side of a man she never truly understood.Rodrigo is another man that is easily proved to be misled and murdered by his own passion. His love for Desdemona causes him to sail from Venice to Cyprus, causes him to wrap himself up in Iago's schemes, and has him attempting murder, all so that he can orchestrate a relationship with a woman who's heart belongs to another. It's not clear if Rodrigo is even a bad person, or villain, just a man obsessed with one goal. He even said he would sell his things in order to be able to afford whatever it cost (literally and figuratively) to try and have Desdemona as his own.Cassio is not so simple. At first, we may think that his love for Othello is his undoing, but there are a few lines in the play that may suggest something else. In act II, Scene III, Cassio is already somewhat drunk, and Iago says to him "...I think you think I love you." (Shakespeare, 1143) To which Cassio replies "I have well approved it, sir. I drunk!" (Shakespeare, 1143) This could be taken to mean that Cassio was talked into drinking (something he does not do because he can't hold his drink) by a man he has affection for. Perhaps he was hoping to get drunk together so that something else could happen. Furthering this, when Iago is describing Cassio's supposed he says: "... I lay with Cassio lately... and then kiss me hard.... Then laid his leg over my thigh, and sighed, and kissed...." (3.3.413, 422,425) Now, all of Iago's lies were small lies told around very large portions of truth. All of this...

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