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Loyalty in Othello

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Introduction

´╗┐Arieta Taito Shakespeare?s plays are mainly concerned with the idea of loyalty. To what extent do you agree with this view? You may confine your discussion to Othello, or refer to any of Shakespeare?s other plays you have studied. One of the main ideas in ?Othello? is loyalty and betrayal. In the play ?Othello? it reveals that one?s loyalty could cause one?s betrayal. This is why I agree that Shakespeare?s plays are mainly concerned with the idea of loyalty. Characters that show this are Iago, Othello, Desdemona and Emilia. Iago is a cunning man, he uses his supposed loyalty to Othello to betray him and help Othello?s downfall. Desdemona is a very loyal wife but Othello does not see this, because of Iago?s manipulation Othello suspects that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio which makes him senseless and causes him to betray Desdemona by murdering her. ...read more.

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If Othello did not believe Iago was a loyal friend then Iago would have not succeeded in his master plan. Desdemona is a loyal wife to Othello. Although she is constantly accused of being unchaste and cuckolding Othello, Desdemona?s loyalty and purity are the two things that remain constant throughout the whole play. When Othello accuses her of infidelity and asks her who she really is she replies, ?Your wife, my lord. Your true and loyal wife.? Although at times she may seem like she gives in to what others have to say to her, it is only because of her loyalty to Othello. She desperately wants her husband back and tries to convince him that she is loyal but Othello ignores all her pleas. Othello is loyal to Desdemona and he expects Desdemona to do the same for him, when he thinks that Desdemona is cuckolding him, this makes him mad and eventually causes him to lose his sense and murder Desdemona. ...read more.

Conclusion

Emilia was prepared to die for her mistress, and at that time did not care what happened to her. Due to the loyalty she showed for Desdemona and the disloyalty she showed to her husband, Iago murdered her. In the play ?Othello? written by William Shakespeare, the idea of loyalty is one that Shakespeare mainly uses in this play. This is shown through the use of the characters Iago, Othello, Desdemona and Emilia and how they portrayed their loyalty. Sometimes one?s loyalty caused one?s betrayal. Iago used his supposed loyalty and trust that Othello had in him to betray Othello and exact his revenge on him for not making him lieutenant, and although Desdemona showed great loyalty to her husband Othello, he overlooked that and thought only of the words Iago was putting his mouth and he ended up betraying his beloved Desdemona and murdered her. Emilia showed great loyalty to her husband throughout the play but when she found out about her husband?s actions she switched loyalty from Iago to Desdemona. ...read more.

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