The Moral Moor in Shakespeare’s “Othello”


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Essay #: 071617
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The Moral Moor in Shakespeare's "Othello"
Shakespeare's tragic play Othello is ultimately a parable about jealousy and trust. Othello's noble soul spirals out of control and into an insane jealous rage at the hands of Iago's manipulations. Iago's hatred of Othello, inspired by his own jealousy, causes him to infect Othello with jealousy as well, and to tear down, bit by bit, the great Moorish general presented at the beginning of the play. As Othello's suspicions about Desdemona's infidelity turn gradually into full-blown jealousy and rage, never once does he confront his wife, ask for an explanation, or rely on what he knows to be her deep and abiding love. Therefore, while Iago may be the villain of Othello, he represents distilled...
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.....r being too willing to fall prey to Iago's manipulations. Had Othello been true to himself, relied on his own instincts, and remained confident in the love he knew Desdemona bore for him, he would have avoided Iago's snare entirely.
Othello is unique in Othello as the only truly dynamic character. Desdemona and Iago both represents extremes of good and evil, innocence and corruption. Othello, on the other hand, represents the movement from one extreme to the other. As an allegory, Othello represents the ease with which love and virtue can be eradicated in a man, and the necessity of guarding them closely. Honor, virtue, love, and marriage ¨C these are all worth nothing in the end unless they can weather the storm of life's pernicious Iagos.