The Human Emotions in Othello

  • Hiranmayi Gowravajhula
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  • Hiranmayi Gowravajhula

    BB.A.LL.B. Student in India

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“Othello”, an African General in the Venetian Army, was unequivocally abiding paradigm of perennial struggle and how his endurance ameliorated in overcoming this flounder, emerging fervently stronger than ever. He had delineated some of the greatest vendettas and triumphs of his life which swayed Desdemona. Desdemona was the daughter of the Senator of Venice- Brabantio. She fell in love with “Othello” for the ‘dangers’ he took, and he loved her for the ‘strong emotions’ she had for him. They had eloped because they knew that Brabantio would not approve of their love. Brabantio was oblivious of their elope until Iago had snitched on them, which was all a part of his devious masterplan. Iago was “Othello’s” ensign and had plotted against Othello because he was passed over for the post of lieutenant. He was executing his entire evil masterplan with Roderigo- a begrudging suitor of Desdemona, going to the extent of spending all his riches to win her over. Roderigo claims his ardour and love for Desdemona but through the course of the play, it can be fathomed that it was mere concupiscence. Iago’s main target was to obliterate Michael Cassio- the appointed lieutenant and a handsome and charming man as described in the play. He is mainly the pawn in Iago’s plan. His behaviour inadvertently moves the plot forward. Iago’s masterplan portrays how manipulation of human emotion can cause irrevocable atrocities. Feelings of jealousy, hatred, lust, vengeance and cynicism cause nothing but inevitable pain and loss.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 1, Page 1526 - 1531


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