Essay on Conflict in Othello
877 WordsMar 25th, 20114 Pages
Othello is a play which contains many conflicts between the characters. The main conflicts in ‘Othello’ are between friends and foes. Othello’s inner conflict, cultural and racial differences which lead to racial judgement and discrimination, to express these conflicts; Shakespeare uses many techniques such as soliloquies, dramatic irony, imagery foreshadowing and symbolism.
Amongst the main characters there are many conflicts, however the main reason for most of the conflict if Iago and Shakespeare use the techniques to show us how Iago causes the conflicts. This also analyzes Othello’s pride, his self conscious nature, his jealousy and his rash behaviour.
Conflict between the characters especially Iago and Othello is partly…show more content…
INTERNAL CONFLICT -
JEALOUSY, HATE & IDENTITY.
Why else do men hate each other? Ego & Envy.
Othello picks Cassio for promotion instead of Iago which hints Iago is jealous of Cassio. Iago is the embodiment of pure evil, and enjoys having power over others, which also makes him jealous of Othello; his life, his position, his beautiful wife.
It is also been said that Iago was a homosexual, and that he hates Othello because he couldn’t have Othello to himself. Iago frequently declares his ‘love’ for Othello by stating that he is ‘bound to (Othello) forever’ by ‘heaven’s light’.
Othello was ‘dark/swarthy’ and other characters looked down on him for this. He was a black man from Northern Africa and his status in Venice is complicated as both an insider and outsider. However, even though he is from a foreign culture he is the commander of the Venetian military system which is where he gets his respects from.
Iago’s comments against Othello are racist and denigrating.
“The old black ram is tupping your white ewe’ refers to the eloping of Othello and Desdemona as both degrading and racist. Iago also refers to Othello as a ‘Barbary Horse’ in other words an ‘uncontrolled sexual beast’.
Iago vs. Othello
The conflict between Iago an Othello is many between the two but only one person can see what’s happening. Iago constantly manipulates, lies and plots to ensure that he
Conflict of Male Female Relationship in OthelloSexual relationships in Othello are the locus of two types of conflicts - same sex conflict as well as male-female conflicts - upon which many other themes like themes of sex and violence, love and hate, honor and dishonesty, loyalty and betrayal, trust and suspicion may be explored. The conflict is also about power, but the cause is again the male-female relationships and the conflict between the males and males.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
We can say that the drama is mainly about sexual struggles - both intra-sexual and inter-sexual -because we see power struggles between couples and friends throughout the play: Iago wins the heart of Othello against his own wife; Desdemona and Emilia defend themselves against their husbands' suspicions; and Bianca works hard to assert her rights as Cassia's mistress. In the beginning, Desdemona and Othello are in a relationship of true love, and the couples of lago and Cassio are in false love. Emilia and Iago have a poor match, and Cassio doesn't want the 'bauble', a mere prostitute, to be seen with him in public. Marriage has made Emilia cynical about male-female relationships; she knows she is merely 'food' for Iago, acceptable until she disobeys him and refuses to be silent, at which point she is dismissed as a 'villainous whore'. And the misogyny of lago casts a dark shadow over Othello's relationship with Desdemona, which seems so bright and full of optimism and delight at the start of the play.
The enviously beautiful relationship between Othello and Desdemona turns into a disaster. As they appear in the beginning, the hero and heroine symbolize a meeting of two minds in Acts I and II, despite their different social, cultural and racial backgrounds. He loves her for her feminine grace and sympathy, and she loves him for his masculine heroism. Essentially, Othello and Desdemona love each other so well not only despite minor differences, but also because of them; but those differences become distorted during the course of the play by an interloper, a man who cannot bear to see two lovers 'well-tuned'. Why is it that Iago wants to destroy Desdemona-Othello relationship so eagerly? Some critics have suggested that he wants Othello to return into the masculine values of the army, and because he wants Othello to hate women as he does and to regard his gentle Desdemona as he regards his own wife ('villainous whore'). An evil person converts the others into more evil.
At last, the women are destroyed and the masculine structure of power is almost intact even after two of the female-loving members have been destroyed. In one sense, even the dramatist seems to have unconsciously tried to excuse the masculine values of so-called morality that is taken so violently. But, it is the women, their characters and actions, which are justified. They leave the scene after having done only acceptable things, indeed after melting our hearts with their goodness. That is perhaps the only way in which Shakespeare (whether deliberately or not) seems to have paid regards to the female members of the dramatic world.