Love and Hate Expressed by Characters in William Shakespeare's Othello

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Love and Hate Expressed by Characters in William Shakespeare's Othello

In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, different characters contribute to the development of particular themes. Three strong themes portrayed by the characters are of; misplaced trust, love vs. Hate and jealousy, and shattered innocence.

The first theme of misplaced trust is clearly evident in most of all the characters that are manipulated by the depraved Iago. Roderigo is the first character to be entangled in his web of deception, whom I will focus on. Iago essentially uses Roderigo as a source of financial gain and a tool in extracting his revenge on the other characters.

In Act I, Iago has him awaken Brabantio in order to spoil Othello's
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Ultimately it is only in his own death that he finally recognizes the true nature of the malevolent Iago, as he is stabbed to death by him; "O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!" (5.1.63)

Another one of the themes illustrated is of love vs. hate and jealousy. The character who dynamically best represents this is Othello. Throughout the course of the play it is by Iago's manipulations that Othello's mindset changes. The once loving and self-reliant man, becomes a hysterical, wildly jealous, and vengeful pon in Iago's ultimate scheme of revenge.

In the beginning of the play, Othello clearly recognizes and regards this love that Desdemona and he share; "She loved me for the dangers I had passed, and I loved he that she did pity them." (1.3.169-70) In Act II, once again he expresses this complete love for her; "O my soul's joy! If after every tempest come such calms..." (2.1.180-81) But this love changes as Iago begins to plant the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind as to Desdemona's faithfulness to him. Through Iago's prodding, Othello's tortured mind

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