Miscommunication And Dramatic Irony In Shakespeare's Othello

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As our world progresses further into the future with increasingly complicated and advanced technology, one fact remains true throughout history; Communication is key. Centuries away from the time period of Shakespeare, now looking back at his play Othello, this fact seems more evident than ever. Through a relatively short five acts, observers and readers alike are able to witness countless instances of miscommunication and dramatic irony between the characters throughout the play. The perceptive reader is quickly able to realize the immense power of the words spoken between the principal characters and contrast them effects of said words. As brilliantly put by renowned author Yehuda Berg; “Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to…show more content…
The power that words hold over the actions of man is clear through the trials and tribulations the characters had to face. The importance of communication is found in the case of Cassio’s dismissal, the death of Desdemona, and the deception Iago was able to carry out due to miscommunication. Through love and lives lost, the devastation of miscommunication could have all been prevented if everyone had just sat around and talked it out.
Shakespeare had a knack at creating various thematic elements in his plays through the use of dramatic irony. The audience always knows more than the actors throughout the scenes of the play. In the case of Othello in the scene when Cassio is dismissed from his duty, we are able to recognize the emergence of the importance of communication as a thematic element. When in Cyprus, as the men were celebrating their victory, a great battle ensued between the intoxicated Michael Cassio and Montano. Some might assume that such a fight was the result of
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