Theme Of Guilt In Othello

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Through the expanse of the play Othello, the themes of jealousy , betrayal and guilt have played a prominent role in both character development and the drive of the story. The dramatic events within act 5 scene 2 aid in concluding the narrative with a rather unfortunate ending. When analysing Othello’s character before and after his misguided deed within the act, there is a definite change in both his tone and manner in general. Originally Othello is seen as an understanding and noble gentleman. However, the actions Iago took to deliberately hurt the moor earlier in the play, left him emotionally wounded. Within act 5, and even more prominently scene 2 , we as the audience can finally see the detrimental effects of Iago’s ill intention had to Othello as a character. Once Othello smothers Desdemona as a result of, it is evident taht Othello’s character shatter and break down emotionally, by his guilt and betrayal that has brought him to a slow draw to madness. Shakespeare uses a the integral concept of the five stages of grief ‘anger, denial, bargaining, sadness and finally acceptance” to illustrate the disorder Desdemona’s supposed betrayal and eventual death has brought upon him. This concept can first be seen early on in the scene when In the lines ‘My wife, my wife, I have no wife” Line 100, Shakespeare uses repetition to bring both emphasis on these lines, and create a rhythm to Othello’s speaking style. Moreover Othello’s is considered to be in the second stage
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