Female Characters in Othello by Shakespeare
Moreover, in the court, he also denies the murder. Using already existing plot, Shakespeare makes substantial changes to the play so that rather ordinary adventurous and criminal story becomes a serious tragedy.Instead of a crime novel, Shakespeare creates a story of the person who differs from the others not only by his skin color (I am black! ), but by the virtues as well: honesty, frankness, and childish trustfulness. His love to Desdemona is natural because they share these qualities and are so close to each other, as Romeo and Juliette or a couple of Macbeths. The brave soldier, the invincible general and the ingenuous child who does not know about the existence of such qualities as insidiousness, meanness, hypocrisy, not even assuming the possibility of deception becomes a victim of Iago. Othello easily believes in the treachery of his faithful lieutenant Cassio and adultery of his beloved wife Desdemona. With this feeling of deceit, he cannot live anymore, dissembling he is not capable to turn into the eternal observer, into the spy of his own wife. Having learned the truth Othello changes dramatically: tenderness turns into roughness, trustfulness — into suspiciousness (James, 2012).In Desdemona`s every word and gesture he sees deception. just because he could not allow a thought about it earlier. In order to get rid of this shame and disappointment which he cannot bear Othello agrees to kill his wife. But having made it, Othello learns that Desdemona was innocent and that both of them became victims of the terrible intrigue that was planned so skillfully by Iago. 0thello calls himself the honest murderer considering that the murder was reasonable as it was meant to restore justice. These words serve as a key to revealing the nature of Othello – he is the person for whom Honor is above all, he cannot allow that dishonorableness remained unpunished. Having realized all horror of his deeds, Othello cuts his throat and dies(Rozett, 1994).