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An Essay From Othello

1214 words - 5 pages

Othello Essay

Othello is a play that can still relate to modern society. The themes explored in Othello are similar to problems many people deal with today. Othello is a highly respected general in the service of Venice. Iago is Othello's ambitious friend and he is ranked under him, hoping to get promoted to lieutenant. However, he promotes Michael Cassio to the position of lieutenant and Iago is deadly jealous. Iago then begins an evil and cruel crusade against trying to destroy Othello. Othello is still relevant in modern society because of all the important themes that this play refers to, including: racism, sexism, trust, relationships between men and women, reputation, honor as ...view middle of the document...

He’s giving into doubt and slowly its turning him insane. As a black man living in a white man’s world, he has to deal with racism from a few characters, particularly Iago, his ancient. Another quote which expands on the idea of racism is when Iago says “She must change for youth: when she is sated with his body, she will find the errors of her choice.” Iago states in the quote that when Desdemona sees Othello naked for the first time, she will forget all feelings of love towards him based on his skin colour, and she’ll realize that she has made the wrong choice in her love-life and will leave him. This truly shows the best example of Iago’s racist attitude towards Othello, All these examples of racism can still be seen in modern society as people often discriminate other people to make themselves seem superior or to hide insecurities.

Manipulation is another theme that plays an important role in the play. People today use manipulation to get what they want by either force, or by out powering them. In the play, Iagos manipulating is displayed when he tries to manipulate Roderigo into believing that Cassio and Desdemona have something going on. “Lechery, by this hand: an index and obscure prologue to the history of lust and foul thoughts. They met so near with their lips that their breaths embraced together villainous thoughts, Roderigo!” Iago also manipulates Rodorigo by making him think that Othello is not good for Desdemona. Iago knows that Rodorigo is in love with Desdemona and would do whatever it takes to make her his own. “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse” Iago tells Rodorigo, that the only way to win Desdemona's love is to make money. . Iago tells Cassio to ask Desdemona to ask Othello for his job as lieutenant back. “Our generals wife is know the general: confess yourself freely to her, importure her help to put you in your place again. She is of so free so kind so apt so blessed.” This quote shows us Iago’s plan to show Othello that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. If she keeps on asking Othello and constantly reminding him to give Cassio’s job back to him, Othello will think that something is going on with Cassio and Desdemona. Manipulation still happens in modern society and this can be seen in various ways. Manipulation is like peer pressure. Bullies are a good example of manipulators. They pressure kids to do anything for them. Therefore it can be seen that Manipulation still...

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