Othello, By William Shakespeare

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Love’s Purpose
Love has many purposes. Traditionally viewed as wonderful, overcoming emotion, it sometimes take a sinister route. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, the word love has a key role throughout the play. In the opening of the play we are introduced to Othello, the general of the Venetian army, and the supporting characters such as Iago, his coworker, and Desdemona, his wife. A Moor in a European capital, Othello becomes insecure in his position of power, and turns to the false-hearted Iago as a source of advice. Throughout the play a great deal occurs, such as Iago’s vendetta against Othello, which primarily controls the plot, and Desdemona’s struggle with her ideal of love. Although love is one of the most important themes of Othello, the characters manipulate love to disguise their true motives while maintaining the facade of loyalty. Some argue that love is the most important theme of the play, because it drives the plot as well as Othello’s illogical jealousy. One could contend endlessly on this argument, but there is far too much proof that love does not motivates the characters’ actions are not rooted in love. If one looks at the surface of the play, it could be written off as love, but a revisit of that reveals that each character has individual reasons and emotions deeper than just the word ‘love’. For example, Iago states “My lord, you know I love you,” (Act 3.3.134) though he says this
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