There are many different emotions explored in the relationships in Othello, sex, violence, love and hate, trust, suspicion, loyalty, dishonesty, honour and betrayal.
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Jenna Goodwin Othello There are many different emotions explored in the relationships in Othello, sex, violence, love and hate, trust, suspicion, loyalty, dishonesty, honour and betrayal. Power is a key factor in the relationships in this play. The women struggle to become more powerful but are beaten back down by the men who are already powerful but are scared of losing it. Desdemona shows the most power throughout this play. She has deceived her father and chosen her own husband against his will. Although the other relationships in the play (Iago and Emilia, Cassio and Bianca) are based on how alike they are, as in race, backgrounds etc, Othello and Desdemona's relationship is equal, there is no dissatisfaction.
The fact that Othello is black also plays a big part in the relationship of Othello and Desdemona, although it doesn't affect them it affects the people around them. Brabantio does not like the fact that his daughter has married a black man. Even though he was always welcoming and always respected Othello, as soon as he finds out he has married his daughter he hates him and is prejudiced against him. Brabantio thinks that his daughter would not love Othello because how could she, 'fall in love with what she fear'd to look on?' The emotions that Iago portrays are some of the main themes of the play, he shows us jealousy, because Othello gave Cassio the job of lieutenant that he wanted and also that Othello has married Desdemona and I think that he loves her.
is having sex with Brabantio's daughter and that he is black and dirty and older the Desdemona, whereas she is young, beautiful and chaste. Iago doesn't like that Desdemona has more power than him, he is sexist and believes that men should have all of the power, not the women. Racism was a large part of Shakespearean England in the 16th Century, as was the power struggle between men and their power over women. This could have been the reason the Shakespeare wrote this play, to show that just because you are of a different race, colour or sex, does not mean that you are any different than anyone else. I think that Shakespeare believed this and therefore portrayed it this play, Othello.
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