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Examine how the themes of love and hate are represented in Othello.

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Iago is intent on revenge because of Cassio's promotion. Iago has "love and duty" so that he can get close enough to him to plot against him. Iago talks about himself a lot in lines 55-65 of act one - the pronouns "I" and "my" are used a lot - showing the character to be self absorbed and self involved and obviously focused on his intentions of destruction on Othello. So his hatred is shown quite strongly here. A little later in act 1 scene 1 we are again shown the theme of racism when Othello is referred to as "thicklips" in line 67. Why does Iago hate Othello? The most obvious reason shown is simply because he is passed over for promotion in favour of Cassio. This is also not the only reason shown. Although Iago does make comments regarding revenge upon Othello there is also an underlying idea of racism presented. This is an important theme in Othello as it has been questioned to whether it matters in the play whether Othello is a black man or not? ...read more.

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