Shakespeare the legend lives on

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE - THE LEGEND LIVES ON Shakespeare stands out alone, both in his own age when so many were drawn to the form and circumstances were favourable to this kind genius, and in all English literature, as the one great and genuine dramatic poet. ----- Sri Aurobindo Centuries have passed after his death, but there is none to outweigh Shakespeare in his genius. This is certainly an astonishing fact. A person with fourteen years of formal education and with no academic ambition creating an epoch is a rare phenomenon. Shakespeare is one such person. Is Shakespeare an enigma? How was it possible for him to scale great heights with no academic back up? These queries have always been lingering in my mind. My queries found reply in Sri Aurobindo's writings. I am compelled to incorporate some of his ideas in this paper because I accede whole heartedly to his estimation of the great literary figure. The age to which Shakespeare belonged called the Elizabethan Age/Shakespearean Age is termed The Golden Age of English Literature .It is so called because rapid literary advancements took place during this period .Sri Aurobindo points out that the age suffered from certain inadequacies which made it inferior to other poetic periods and the ages of Greek and Roman poetry.


All Shakespearean heroes are eminent people most probably kings, princes or generals. Their fall and suffering is great and quite in contrast to their previous prosperous living.The downfall of the hero affects the entire nation. Character is destiny is the backbone of all Shakespearean tragedies. Shakespeare's heroes are extraordinary beings who possess many noble qualities. But they also posses a flaw in their character which opens the channel for the tragic doom. Shakespeare stictly adheres to Aristotle's perception of tragic heroes i.e. the heroes ought to be good but not too good. The heroes suffer due to their own faults. Hence in depicting the suffering of man, Shakespeare doesn't make the common reader feel the lack of justice in the play. OTHELLO - MY ANALYSIS OF THE PLAY Shakespeare's four great tragedies - Othello , Macbeth , Hamlet and King Lear are very popular for the powerful portrayal of the gruesome aspect of life. I personally like the play Othello for its survey of the dark corners of the human mind .The setting of the play is so intensely personal that the end of Othello leaves the reader uneasy and pained. In this paper I intend analysing the play in fragments. I take up for discussion things which the ordinary reader tends to overlook.


My analysis would be incomplete if I don't mention a word or two about the relationship between Othello and Desdemona . Desdemona is certainly an exceptional woman .She mentally falls in love with Othello and decides to marry him. We must note that Desdemona was not infatuated by Othello . She envisages Othello as a courageous , romantic adventurer . As Othello says"She loved me for the dangers I had passed And I loved her that she did pity them ".Othello himself lives in a romantic world . Having married the most beautiful and virtuous woman, he is completely satisfied. Though Othello loves his wife intensely , he subconsciously has the feeling that Desdemona is too good for him . Even Desdemona later subconsciously regrets having married Othello . This can be clearly seen in her persisitent defense of Cassio to Othello .She continues to pursue the same topic which has enraged her husband. It is evident that Desdemona subconsciously wants to end her relationship with Othello. But she is faithful to him throughout. Desdemona fails to see Othello's inferiority complex .Othello himself doesn't trust his wife and fails to see her faith and love for him .Both lack mutual understanding which makes things easy for Iago and for the evil forces to act upon them .

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