Othello, The Moor Of Venice Essay

1124 Words May 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
William Shakespeare’s “Othello, the Moor of Venice” (reprinted in Greg Johnson and Thomas R. Arp, Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 12th ed.) is one of the most well known tragedies across literature. In the famous play, Othello is the Moor that came into the Venetian city as somewhat of an outsider and acquired a high rank so quickly that it bothered many other men at the time. In addition to this, at the start of the play Othello marries Desdemona without her father’s permission and this action angers a number of people. From the beginning of the play, it appears that while most people view Othello with great respect there are a few who are immensely envious and jealous of him. For the duration of the play, it is apparent that Othello faces direct discrimination and manipulation that eventually leads to his fatal end. However, at the start of the play and most likely long before the story takes place, it seems that Othello was very different than what we see throughout the course of the play. Othello’s character identity drastically changes and specifically in Act 5, the reader understands how and why this change occurs. In Act 5, scene 2 of Othello, Othello has just entered his and Desdemona’s bedchamber where she lay sleeping. In lines 1-22, Othello has a soliloquy in which he is figuring out why he must kill Desdemona and essentially justifying his reason in doing so. In line 1, Othello states, “It is the cause, it is the cause.” Though we do not…

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