Essay On Identity In Othello

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A change in an individual’s perspective and identity can enrich an individual’s sense of belonging. Conversely, an individual’s sense of belonging may be destroyed when a change in their perspective and identity occurs. An identifiable example is Othello, wherein it is perceivable that his notion of identity and strong sense of self is shattered. His ‘calm’ and ‘collective’ persona has become one that is ‘unstable’ and ‘insecure’ which, in turn, affects his sense of belonging, particularly with Desdemona, and position as a Venetian general. A demonstration of this concept is seen in Act 4 Scene 1 (Line 61-62) where Iago exclaims “There’s many a beat then in a populous city, And many a civil monster.” Within the quote, Iago identifies animalistic characteristics through the use of animal imagery to compare with Othello’s changed demeanour.…show more content…
He attempts to convince Othello that animalistic behaviour is of the norm in Venice, using the metaphorical aspect that relates to Othello’s collected persona that has metamorphosed into a mad and unstable man, depicting Othello’s downfall and changed perspective of self. His sense of belonging has spiralled as he no longer trusts the woman he loved the most. A quote that further supports this idea is found in Act 4 Scene 1 (Line 60) in which Iago states: “A hornèd man’s a monster and a beast”. Iago challenges Othello’s sense of belonging through the animalistic imagery and metaphor. Othello believes that it is his own fault he is not able to satisfy his wife’s sexual desires and is dejected, referring to himself as being the “cuckold” of Venetian society. The word “horned” alludes to figurative horns that a husband ‘grew’ to showcase his wife’s infidelity, which brought about much chagrin and humiliation to
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