Themes In Othello

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Themes are recurring and generalized ideas and are more intellectual than motifs according to Dupriez (1991:291). Themes may not be openly said or spelt out, yet most often alluded to by certain references and actions (Diengott, 1993:185). Different themes mean different things for diverse readers. Therefore, various diverse readers will interpret themes in the scope of their point of view or according to their state of mind at the time of interaction with the text (Holland, 1975:813). Themes are generally supported by sub-themes that only become abundant by careful analysis of the text and are frequently not predominant in the first encounter with a text (Vaismoradi, et al, 2016:102).

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The downright evil and hateful nature of Iago made it easy for jealousy to encapsulate itself in his mind. Iago’s jealousy is introduced to the audience in the second line of the play when he states that he should have been promoted to general instead of Othello (Shakespeare, 2003:I.i.2). However, Iago later on in the play confesses, "I hate the Moor: And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets he has done my office: I know not if't be true; But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety."(Shakespeare, 2003:I.iii.368-372). Whether or not the reasons may be for Iago’s immense jealousy of Othello; it is the fuel that flames of his crusade. The jealousy does not end there. By agreeing with Taylor (2004:385-386), Iago evokes jealousy in Othello by means of manipulation. Not only does Iago approach his manipulation tactfully, he anticipates events and has great patience to wait for the exact time to pour ‘poison in the ear’ to feed Othello’s jealousy. Iago manipulates Othello to distrust his wife’s devolution to him in the lines, "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on;"(Shakespeare, 2003:III.iii.167-169). The vehicle for Iago’s jealousy is manipulative language that he intelligently applies to ensure Othello’s

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