Revenge in Julius Caesar and Othello Essay

1821 Words 8 Pages
Authors, in works of literature, often use the theme of revenge because it adds intrigue and suspense to a story. Julius Caesar and Othello by William Shakespeare are two plays whose most predominant theme is revenge. This is illustrated through the characters, symbols, and settings of both works.

Revenge is a constant theme throughout the play Othello. It is portrayed through one of the character Iago. Iago is determined to destroy Othello and his loved ones. This retribution is a result of Othello promoting Cassio to the position of lieutenant. The theme of revenge is the motivation of Iago’s hatred toward Othello. "I follow him to serve my turn upon him." Shakespeare (I, 1, 42). Roderigo tells Iago how upset he is by the fact that
…show more content…
Othello plans to kill his beloved Desdemona by strangling her in her own bedroom in the wedding dress that she wore during her wedding a few months ago. Othello, who still loves his wife Desdemona finds it hard to kill her but must to protect the other men that she allegedly cheated with.

By comparison, the novel Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Marc Antony, Caesar’s most trusted assistant, finds himself in front of Caesar’s dead body. Antony was watching the brutal killing of Caesar but stood still, until Caesar fell to the ground dead. He then came in and confronted the group of men led by Brutus and Cassius. They stabbed Caesar 23 times in the front, neck, and back.

3

Mark Antony strikes a truce with the conspirators, asking to accompany Caesar's body and speak at his funeral. Brutus agrees, and at the funeral delivers a stirring oratory that explains the reasoning for the assassination. Through his masterful use of irony stirs the crowd—which to this point had been solidly behind the conspirators—to call for the blood of Cassius, Brutus, and anyone else associated with Caesar's death. Antony then plots with Octavius (nephew to Julius Caesar) and Lepidus to wrest control of Rome by force of arms. Their ruthlessness exterminates many of the original conspirators, as well as other perceived enemies. Marcus Brutus had a very important role in the conspiracy against Caesar. He was the "back-bone" of the

More about Revenge in Julius Caesar and Othello Essay

Open Document