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Explore how Shakespeare examines the themes of jealousy and deception in Othello

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'Explore how Shakespeare examines the themes of jealousy and deception in Othello' In this essay I will be exploring how Shakespeare examines the themes of jealousy and deception in Othello. At the time of when the story is set racism is a big issue and Shakespeare uses this in his play. In the beginning of the story, Othello is shown as a strong, noble character and changes in character as a result of jealousy and deception. Shakespeare uses the war between the Venetians and Turks as a backdrop to represent the conflict between Othello and Iago. Othello is shown to be representing the Venetians, the stronger side, and Iago to be representing the Turks, the barbarians. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony well with Othello being an unexpected victim of jealousy and deception. In the beginning of the play, the audience feels as if Othello is a strong, noble character and that he would not be a victim in the play. For example, when Othello says; "Good signor, you shall more command with years that with your weapons". ...read more.


This quote shows that Iago realises Othello's weakness of jealousy. Shakespeare uses this soliloquy as a dramatic device which makes the audience now know that Iago has realised Othello's weakness in character. Shakespeare wanted to show the audience that Othello is easily manipulated in love. For example, when Othello says; "She loved me for the dangers I had passed and I loved her that she did pity them." This quote shows that Othello believes she was only in love with him because of his stories and not his morality. Another reference to Othello being easily manipulated is when Othello says; "If thou dost love me, show me thy thought" and Iago replies, "My Lord, you know I love you." This quote shows how easily Othello is manipulated into thinking Iago is his friend but the truth is that Iago hates Othello. Othello is also shown as man with no confidence in his race. For example when he says; "Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw the smallest fear or doubt of her revolt; for she had eyes, and chose me". ...read more.


To knot and gender in!"This quote shows that Othello's attitude has changed after speaking with Iago and highlights to the audience how manipulative Iago really is. The audience can see how Othello feels about Iago telling him that Desdemona has ruined the relationship by sleeping with other people. Another weakness of Othello's character is that he is very ignorant and is not aware of Iago tricking him. For example, when Iago says to Othello; "I swear by Janus". This means that he is swearing by Janus- the two faced God. This ironically reveals to the audience that he is also being two faced with Othello. This also shows the audience how Othello is also very ignorant and he does not realise how easily he is being manipulated and tricked by Iago. Shakespeare also constructed Othello's character as a morally strong person and a man who has many positive attributes but along with these every positive attributes comes a weakness. Shakespeare wanted to show that Othello's character can easily be manipulated and tricked. He wants to show that Othello is too trusty and is not that observant. He does this well by creating Iago's character, a man who can manipulate people and is two faced. ...read more.

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