Essay on Othello, By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare 's wielding of the themes fidelity and trust in his play "Othello" errupts and evolves as the main character Othello is ultimately manipulated to his and his wife Desdemona 's demise by Iago and the lives of those associated with them are shattered beyond repair. Othello 's trusting nature and Iago 's conivingness allow for Othello 's views of his marriage to be corrupted as he believes Desdemona to be unfaithful. In the play, however, fidelity is not just between husband-wife, but father-daughter, general-servant, and friend-friend. Defined as not just of the faithfulness of spouses, but faithfulness to a person, cause or belief, shown through continued loyalty and support. Fidelity cannot be proven strong without both parties having trust in one another, and Iago manipulates this to his own gain. When the Senator Brabantio is made aware that his daughter has run away and eloped with the Moor Othello, he claims "she is abused, stol 'n from me and corrupted" [Brabantio, Act1, Scene III]. Othello claims on his word that he won Desdemona 's heart, and when accused otherwise of magic, he says "I do beseech you, Send for the lady to the Sagittary, And let her speak of me before her father: If you do find me foul in her report, The trust, the office I do hold of you, Not only take away, but let your sentence Even fall upon my life." [Othello, Act 1, Scene III] This declaration of trust in Desdemona holding his life, position and reputation in her hands…

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