April 1, at 5: By exploring these forms of love, Shakespeare makes it clear that love is essentially a complex emotion that not everyone on the island understands. It is through Caliban that the concept of love appears most effective as, arguably it is he that understands it the most.
Explore the different themes within William Shakespeare's tragic play, Othello. Themes are central to understanding Othello as a play and identifying Shakespeare's social and political commentary.
In Othello, the major themes reflect the values and the motivations of characters. Love In Othello, love is a force that overcomes large obstacles and is tripped up by small ones. It is eternal, yet derail-able. It provides Othello with intensity but not direction and gives Desdemona access to his heart but not his mind.
Types of love and what that means are different between different characters. Othello finds that love in marriage needs time to build trust, and his enemy works too quickly for him to take that time. The immediate attraction between the couple works on passion, and Desdemona builds on that passion a steadfast devotion whose speed and strength Othello cannot equal.
Iago often falsely professes love in friendship for Roderigo and Cassio and betrays them both. For Iago, love is leverage. Desdemona's love in friendship for Cassio is real but is misinterpreted by the jealous Othello as adulterous love. The true friendship was Emilia's for Desdemona, shown when she stood up witness for the honor of her dead mistress, against Iago, her lying husband, and was killed for it.
Appearance and Reality Appearance and reality are important aspects in Othello. For Othello, seeing is believing, and proof of the truth is visual.
To "prove" something is to investigate it to the point where its true nature is revealed. Othello demands of Iago "Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore, be sure of it, give me the ocular proof" Act 3, Scene 3.
What Iago gives him instead is imaginary pictures of Cassio and Desdemona to feed his jealousy. As Othello loses control of his mind, these pictures dominate his thoughts. He looks at Desdemona's whiteness and is swept up in the traditional symbolism of white for purity and black for evil. Whenever he is in doubt, that symbolism returns to haunt him and despite his experience, he cannot help but believe it.
Jealousy Jealousy is what appears to destroy Othello. It is the emotion suggested to him by Iago in Act 3, Scene 3. Iago thinks he knows jealousy, having rehearsed it in his relationship with Emilia to the extent that Emilia believes jealousy is part of the personality of men, but Iago's jealously is a poor, weak thought compared to the storm of jealousy he stirs up in Othello.
Iago has noticed Othello's tendency to insecurity and overreaction, but not even Iago imagined Othello would go as far into jealousy as he did.
Jealousy forces Othello's mind so tightly on one idea, the idea that Desdemona has betrayed him with Cassio, that no other assurance or explanation can penetrate.
Such an obsession eclipses Othello's reason, his common sense, and his respect for justice.
Up to the moment he kills Desdemona, Othello's growing jealousy maddens him past the recall of reason. Upon seeing that she was innocent and that he killed her unjustly, Othello recovers. He can again see his life in proportion and grieve at the terrible thing he has done.
Once again, he speaks with calm rationality, judging and condemning and finally executing himself.
Prejudice Iago's scheme would not have worked without the underlying atmosphere of racial prejudice in Venetian society, a prejudice of which both Desdemona and Othello are very aware.
Shakespeare's Desdemona copes with prejudice by denying it access to her own life.The quote addresses Shakespeare’s depiction of the theme of love especially in regards to the two main themes of love—unrequited and true love.
Additionally, he highlights minor types of love such as brotherly (love between siblings), friendly love (love between friends) and narcissistic love specifically the idea of being in love. Love in Shakespeare is a recurrent theme.
The treatment of love in Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets is remarkable for the time: the Bard mixes courtly love, unrequited love, compassionate love and sexual love with skill and heart. The movie is called Shakespeare in Love, so of course the film explores the theme of love.
Most importantly, it shows us his creative process.
(It involves him being naked a lot.) He has to feel the kind of love he writes about first, before he can put it on the page.
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Whether it is through love of power, love of another or with Caliban it is simply love of the island. But that's just our cynical side coming through: Romeo and Juliet still has some of the most beautiful, passionate love poetry ever written in English.
Maybe Shakespeare does want us to believe in true love.