Themes Of William Shakespeare 's Othello

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An author will often use recurring topics called motifs in his/her work in order to distinguish the work’s theme over all of the other events and symbols appearing within the piece. Examples of motifs include jealousy, love, disloyalty, and hate. By including such motifs within a writing piece, these topics will become more prominent over others in the story and will act to greatly affect the plot and highlight a possible theme. William Shakespeare uses motifs in order to receive this outcome in his drama Othello. In Shakespeare’s drama, motifs such as jealousy, revenge, and ignorance both drive the plot of the story and lead to the utter demise of characters, including Iago, Othello, and Desdemona. Jealousy falls among multiple characters in this play, but almost all of it originates from Iago. The first stroke of jealousy is between Iago and Cassio due to the former’s lack of promotion over Cassio. Iago discusses the matter, saying “I know my price, I am worth no worse a place” (Act I Scene I Line 12). After stating that he deserves the position which Cassio receives, he continues his jealous rant by attacking Cassio’s lacking capabilities by asking “And what [is] he? Forsooth, a great arithmetician” (Act I Scene I Lines 19-20). Iago, having experience on the battlefield, believes that he deserves the position over Cassio, who is an arithmetician. His continuous concern on the matter shows his jealousy directed towards Cassio. Iago also causes Othello to become jealous
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