Othello and the Seven Deadly Sins

1743 Words Nov 5th, 2010 7 Pages
It is the basic crux of Christianity: Man is born a sinner. Throughout history, the nature of sin has seen many different faces and has changed to fit many different social expectations. As Bartleby the angel laments in the movie Dogma, “I remember when eating meat on Friday was supposed to be a Hell-worthy trespass.” His friend Loki counters with the observation that, “The major sins never change.” Although the list of the Seven Deadly Sins is never mentioned in the Bible, the concept has existed since before the Middle Ages. Anger, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, and sloth are present throughout human civilization even when they are not named as such or displayed as a set of seven. William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is a literary …show more content…
Seeing as she did all of this without her father’s knowledge shows that she still to immature to face her father with what she wants, so she did what she wanted to do out of what she saw as love but others see as an act of rebellion and lust. Michael Cassio is a lustful, prideful, and slothful character. While Cassio does have a “relationship” with the well known whore of the town, Bianca, Iago was able to arouse Cassio’s lust for Desdemona by describing her sexual aura. (Act II, Scene III, 14-25): “IAGO: Not this hour, lieutenant; 'tis not yet ten o' the clock. Our general cast us thus early for the love of his Desdemona; who let us not therefore blame: he hath not yet made wanton the night with her; and she is sport for Jove. CASSIO: She's a most exquisite lady. IAGO: And, I'll warrant her, fun of game. CASSIO: Indeed, she's a most fresh and delicate creature. IAGO: What an eye she has! methinks it sounds a parley of provocation. CASSIO: An inviting eye; and yet methinks right modest. IAGO: And when she speaks, is it not an alarum to love? CASSIO: She is indeed perfection.” Cassio was known to have pride in his almost perfect reputation, but when his drunken brawl enables his release from his position in (Act II, Scene III, 250-253) you see exactly how prideful and dramatic he is. “Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have
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