Othello Analysis

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* Shakespeare’s “Othello”, written in the Elizabethan era, is a play which presents us with the critical facets of humanism, and through the incorporation of manipulative characters like Iago and the victimisation of Othello, as well as a harmony of dramatic techniques, he effectively conveys the importance of distinguishing appearance from reality. By utilising human aspects which relate to the audience, Shakespeare applies a universal appeal to the play and delivers it in a manner which accepts various interpretations and understandings. * * Shakespeare involves the thematic concerns of love and deceit as a key component of “Othello”. The two are intertwined together throughout the play, and the manipulation of relationships turns love into jealousy, ultimately resulting in the downfall of various characters. Within “Othello”, it is the passion of the hero, Othello, which is the driving force behind the events in the play. Initially, Shakespeare presents us with a couple, Othello and Desdemona, which is inseparable with strong love for each other. Despite Othello’s differing race, Desdemona sees Othello for who he truly is at heart, and we as the audience are shown a facet which can be related to. The context of the play draws upon the prejudice of moors in the 16th Century, and how they were seen as barbaric, sexually overactive and prone to jealousy. Due to Othello’s overwhelming love for Desdemona, often referring to her as “the rose” to him, he perceives himself as a rough outsider and predicates his success in love on his success as a soldier, repeatedly telling stories of battle to her. He attempts to make himself be seen as an equal, but Shakespeare creates the play in such a way as to indicate to the audience that Desdemona truly loves him and respects him with the utmost loyalty. Despite Othello having such a strong love for Desdemona, referring

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