Essay about Othello's Relevance in Today's Society

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Othello, written by William Shakespeare is a tragic play that has been widely popular up to the present even when it was written many centuries ago. This play is still revelant and also relates to the current community with the use of unordinary descriptions such as imagery which allows us to explore deeper into humans and their relationships with not just one another but also the atmosphere around them. It shows the typical stereotypes that are compared with the people of the current society. Othello aims to prove that the relationships in humans are unique.
Betrayal is a theme that has proven to take one of the more major roles through ones relationship with another. In William Shakespeare’s play, Othello, acts of treachery and betrayal have great dramatic significance. They greatly contribute to the theme that appearance does not always portray reality. This being the most basic thing to follow, Othello fell into Iago’s traps and could not convert back. He slowly turns into the tragic hero as described by A.C Bradley. From Act 1, Othello's implicit trust towards Iago is made clear. He holds firm belief and reliability in Iago's statements and thoughts, confiding in him regularly. “I follow him to serve my turn upon him”. Iago tells this to Roderigo, showing that he intends to betray Othello, by pretending to be his friend and then corrupting and betraying him. The reputation of the King will soon be lost by Iago. Shakespeare uses Iago as the main portrayer of betrayal throughout the entire play. He betrays all the other characters, but his main focus is on Othello. This is shown through Iago’s monologue: ““Thus do I ever make my fool my pursel hate the moor”

Within the world of human relationships, jealousy is shown to be a powerful theme and expression that shows the actions that have lead into consequences which dramatically changes the views of all of the characters. It has proven to take the lives of many of the character. This is first shown in the scene where Iago is jealous of Othello and says Ït is the green eyed monster". He uses the colour green to describe the action that he is envious of Othello. Iago also uses the word "monster" to describe how out of the world Othello’s is through his hatred. Now, there is no trust that lies between 2 enemies. Territories have been breached. With the used of this intense phrase, it expresses Iago's thought towards one another. Like Iago's jealousy, it is also shown flipped around. "You would be satisfied" said Iago with Othello replying "Would? Nay, I will" This reply from Othello has shown that after Iago has done so much for others, Othello expressed envy through his words and facial expressions. Though it may not seem much, it covers deeply about the relationships one has with another. One now feels unfaithful and betrayed towards the other. With the use of all of these strong techniques and languages that Shakespeare has used, it proves to show that the jealousy that…