What Is The Theme Of Honour In Othello

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Discussing Shakespeare has always been an inspiring issue. But dealing with the issue of honour in his works is even a more challenging matter. The aim of this thesis is to prove that honour has been treated in Shakespeare tragedies as a key point which leads into his tragedies. Even though it is dealt with it under dissimilar names, the consequences are the same. In three of his tragedies Hamlet, Othello and Romeo and Juliet honour is displayed as a main theme and at the same time as a driving force, usually for the worse. Honour has been analysed as the same problem but with different features. All the main characters of these tragedises kill in the name of honour. nonetheless Hamlet kills to avenge his father`s death, Othello kills to purify…show more content…
Othello was written directly after Hamlet and is one of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies. Othello is unique in many regards. Most significantly, Othello explores issues of a singularly domestic nature. In this play we will see a tale of passion and extremes that, deals with the themes of fidelity, honor, justice, but especially and more extensively with the theme of honour. This thesis will attempt to briefly summarise this play and focus more on the elements of honour and both honest and dishonest characters. The main characters are Othello, who is a moor, but at the same time an esteemed general of the Venetian army, Desdemona who is a beautiful, young, white Venetian debutante. She is Brabantio`s daughter and his pride and joy. He wants Desdemona to marry one of the white men he chooses for her, but she falls in love with Othello and secretly marries him. This is our first encounter with honour, actually dishonor. Desdemona has betrayed her father and has been dishonest when she escapes with Othello. In the opening act, the Venetians are searching madly for “the valiant Othello.” Because war is so close, and the army requires the services of Othello to fight off the Turks army. The third important character is Iago. Iago is one of the most notorious villains of all Shakespeare`s characters. He spends all of his time plotting against Othello and Desdemona, ultimately convincing Othello that his wife has been…show more content…
In this thesis, there will be dealt with honour in three of Shakespeare’s tragedies: Hamlet, Othello and Romeo and Juliet. The aim of this thesis is to deal with honour not as a positive contributor but as a destructive element. Because in the three tragedies we will analyse honour has been the triger towards vengeance. In the writing of this thesis consulting many Shakespearean scholars has been necessary and vital. One of the main ones is Harold Bloom. Bloom has a deep appreciation for Shakespeare (Bloom 1994, pp. 2–3) and considers him to be the supreme center of the Western Canon. (Bloom 1994, pp. 24–5). He has written numeral works regarding different aspects of Shakespeare as a playwright. In 1998 Bloom conducted a survey named “Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.” In this survey Bloom provides a detailed analysis of each of Shakespeare's 38 plays, "twenty-four of which are masterpieces." (Bloom, 1998). Since it is written as a companion to the general reader and theatergoer, Bloom states that bardolatry "ought to be even more a secular religion than it already is. (Bloom,
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