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Jealousy, Love and Betrayal in Othello by William Shakespeare Essay

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Look carefully at the part of jealousy, love, and/or betrayal in Othello. You might want to select 1 personality (Iago or even Othello possibly?) And concentrate on a single issue. (O) 15 The part of jealousy, betrayal and love play a major part in the Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. The whole play is based upon the individual interactions of the figures as related to Othello and Desdemona. The characters' personalities, their social status, and their relationships to each additional restrain the narrative line and their destiny in the drama. Othello is portrayed early in the play as an outsider using animalistic features by Iago and Roderigo due to jealousy. "Your heart is burst; and have lost half of your soul/Even today, now, very now, an aged black ram/Is tupping your white ewe". (531) Desdemona's father, Brabantio, accuses Othello of having witch craft onto his daughter. "If she in chains of magic were not bound/ Whether a maid so tender, honest, and happy / So opposite to marriage that she cried" (535) This point is critical since Othello must defend himself not only to Desdemona's father, Brabantio, but to the whole Venetian Senate. "And till she come, as truly as to heaven, / I do confess the vices of my blood. / So justly to your grave ears I'll show/ How I did thrive in this fair lady's love, / And she in mine" (539) Othello proves himself to be an intellectual hero early in the play. He's worked hard to gain respectability and power, but because he's got a different history, is from the other nation, is dark-skinned and is older than Desdemona, he becomes jealous very fast of Cassio. Cassio is from the exact same social category, is compatible with Desdemona and is still a young handsome man. Iago has also convinced Cassio to seek favor with Desdemo...

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