The Creation of Tension and Suspense in Othello by William Shakespeare

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The Creation of Tension and Suspense in Othello by William Shakespeare

“Killing myself, to die upon a kiss”. These are Othello’s last words, as he commits suicide and dies next to his wife. After ironically killing her himself at the end of Act 5. Othello was written in 1608 a time when the Ottoman Empire was at war with the Venetians. Othello is a tragedy because of the deception and betrayal of Iago which causes many people to die. The play explores many different themes each trying to convey a specific message. The main themes of the play are betrayal, revenge, love, trust, honesty, racism and social hierarchy. These are only some of the themes explored in the play.

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We find out that Rodrigo is in love with Desdemona, and Iago is angry with Othello for making Cassio his lieutenant instead of him and wants revenge. Brabantio is told of Desdemona and Othello’s marriage and goes looking for her. Brabantio accuses Othello of abducting his daughter Brabantio takes the matter to the duke. Desdemona confirms that she is in love with Othello and requests she go with him to war. Iago reassures Rodrigo that he is going to get Desdemona back as he is in love with her. We find out In Iago’s last speech (soliloquy) what his plans are and part of the reason why he hates Othello so much. We find out that the war is over and the Venetians have won. Iago cruelly convinces Rodrigo that Cassio and Desdemona are falling for each other. Iago talks with Cassio about Desdemona, and Iago being very crude about her, saying that she is provocative. Rodrigo and Cassio fight. Iago sows suspicions in Othello’s mind until he is convinced that Desdemona is false to him. Emilia gives Othello’s handkerchief to her husband. This is very important in making Iago’s manipulative scheme work. Iago uses the handkerchief as proof for Othello that his wife is cheating on him by giving the handkerchief to Cassio. Iago continues to provoke Othello’s jealousy. Until he is convinced that Desdemona has been deceitful. Lodvico is horrified when he sees Othello

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