Explore How Shakespeare, Mcewan and Williams Present the Idea of Fragile Love in ‘Othello’, ‘Atonement’ and ‘the Glass Menagerie’ Essay

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In ‘Othello’, ‘Atonement’ and ‘The Glass Menagerie’ the idea of fragile love has become rarer through the ages; this is signified by the characters relationships. The idea of love has become more fragile in the sense that in the 21st Century it’s seen more as lustful rather than true love. In the Renaissance era, for example, ‘Othello’ and his marriage with Desdemona get tested due to Iago’s destructive nature denoted through his manipulative actions and control over the other characters. Whereas, in 1935 ‘Atonement’ portrays a journey of how one accusation destroys familial bond which is similarly seen in ‘The Glass Menagerie’ between Tom and Amanda, and also between Amanda and Laura. Williams also presents Laura’s character in need of self-love which is becoming fragile due to the world around her pressuring her to conform. Despite this Laura, herself, is shattered like the glass pieces she collects, by her brother, Tom. The need for human control highlights the fragility of love in Othello’s marriage with Desdemona, the parental love in ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and the idea of protection in ‘Atonement’. This is because; there is a constant power struggle within society’s pressure and the Renaissance norms, thus making the characters susceptible to the destruction of their own happiness. At the start of Othello’s soliloquy, in Act III scene iii, his sense of self-doubt is expressed by his love for Desdemona ‘if’ doubting Iago’s accusations claiming ‘men should be what they seem’. However, the audience can see a mental transition of Othello’s self-being as his language becomes harsher feeling ‘abused’ foreshadowing Desdemona’s tragic ending. The euphemism of Othello ‘whistles her off’ takes upon the Kantian approach of the hypothetical imperative. The hypothetical imperative suggests in order to achieve the summum bonum (highest good) you have to do something;

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