Shakespeare Uses Different Forms of Irony to Explore Themes Throughout Othello

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In reality attitudes, behaviours and qualities are learnt and even gained through your own experience of living; jealousy, love, loyalty, hate, duplicitous. As life brings us face to face with new circumstances, opportunities and people, over time, our true nature is explored through actions and behaviours. Shakespeare’s Othello is a tragedy where themes of betrayal, hatred (which erupts from jealousy), love were explored by the use of different forms of irony to create controversy and awareness for the audience.
In this world hatred springs from jealousy, in which some people do whatever it takes to feel good about themselves. The verbal irony in Othello can sometimes be humorous depending on the level of irony. Iago’s hatred sprung from jealousy in which Othello was married to the lady who he loves. Iago stated to Rodrego that he hates the moor ‘and it is thought abroad, that twixt my sheets’ implying that Othello has slept with his wife Emilia which is arguable. Iago tells Othello that he is a faithful servant. The ironic aspect of this statement is that Iago is definitely not a faithful servant to Othello, he is trying to destroy his life. Iago also explained his resentment towards Othello, in which he chose the ‘one Michael Cassio’ as his military deputy instead of Iago. Iago claims he's far more qualified than Cassio, who lacks Iago's experience on the field of battle. Iago seems quite jealous. Othello counts Iago as his wise and loyal so called ‘best friend’ ‘honest Iago’, Iago hides his true emotions and identity, acting duplicitous towards him without Othello even knowing.
Looks can definitely be deceiving, that is why you keep your friends closer than your enemies, as jealousy can make someone do unpredictable things. Othello’s clever use of dramatic irony plays an important role in keeping the audience interested. The audience knows what is happening in
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