Jealousy, The green ey d monster, that is what the wise Shakespeare wroteOthello loved his wife, Desdemona, too much so, nothing could continue that fever, emotions lessen over time.
The mighty general was a very capable soldier of Venice, commanding respect on the battlefield, he could do no wrong, brave, ferocious, dynamic, his sword deadly, still life iscomplicated than just war, though, the Moor was a fish out of water, in a quite different, and strange culture, becoming a Christian, fighting for Europeans, against his former friends, marrying a gorgeous, gentle, young , very sheltered, naive woman, their elopement crushed the spirits of her father, Brabantio, an influential Senator, in the mighty Venetian Republic Assigned by the Duke, Doge to lead in the defense of their important colony, of Cyprus , against the Ottoman Empire s vast , invading fleet, he unwisely takes his new bride, Desdemona, with him Luckily a boiling sea storm, who s gigantic waves rise, then fall, pulverize the Turkish ships, wrecks spewed over and under the Mediterranean Sea s floor, only a few escape the carnage Othello s own greatly damaged craft, somehow, stays above the foaming water, and limps into a safe harbor , on the mountainous island, a miracle Nevertheless the crisis seemingly solved, but not for Othelloit has just begun, for the much too trusting general, has an officer, honest Iago, his wife Emilia, is a loyal servant of Desdemona starting to whisper in his ear, that all is not well in his marriage That the loving, innocent appearing woman, is not sohe has been betrayed by her with another man, his buddy, Michael Cassio, the second in command, in the army, better looking and younger than the Moor Can this be true Disbelief becomes belief, why would the good Iago, lieDesdemona, his pride, and salvation, maybe is false The calm, unfazed , in bloody battle, Othello, becomes agitated, seething in uncontrollable rage, his whole body enveloped with it, his one idea, to seek sweet revenge, only by this, can he be satisfied, nothing else matters, yet his career will end, but that is not important now, he must do what his honor demands, less is not acceptable for a respectable man A magnificent play , that encompasses the thin line between love and hate, animosity, racial hatred, jealousy, suspicion, believing in the evil, not the goodness of the erratic world, everything s an illusion, nobody is what they seem, deception engulfs allbut are these things the whole story A virtuoso work by an incomparable master .
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy It is the green ey d monster, which doth mockThe meat it feeds on This famous quote made my 14 year old son, reading Othello for the first time it was his first Shakespeare ever , come into my room to complain He was deeply frustrated with the sweet tongue of the evil Iago, speaking in one way and acting in another, spreading fake news and rumours while pretending to be supportive and unselfish Iago is even worse than Uriah Heep , he said, referring to a controversy we had about David Copperfield some time ago I begin to believe that being umble is the most treacherous thing in the world, hiding evil purposes I of course had to go back and reread Othello in a haste to be able to answer properly, and I realised that my son has a point The truly honest people are not humble, and do not claim to be They show their strengths, weaknesses and intentions clearly, and play with open cards, only to lose to the characters they consider most onest, for being so very umble.
It was interesting for me to see that my son reads Othello not so much as a passionate drama based on jealousy, but rather as a political post truth play, with the most wicked players on stage winning Shakespeare certainly put both jealousy and politics into the plot, and young people who begin their path towards political understanding of the world now, post 2016, feelstrongly about the lying, the manipulation, the slander than about the unreasonable reaction to the suspicion of faithlessness.
For me, reading Shakespeare withpleasure now than ever, it is proof that his voice is universal and timeless, and that he speaks to yet another generation of readers, just like Dickens.
Unfortunately, we can t write our villains into prisons in the end like Dickens and Shakespeare
I ve recently finished Hamlet and King Lear and rated them 5 stars for I truly considered them nothing short of amazing plays, but I confess so much has been written about them, not only in amazing reviews but also in other literary classics that I m not sure I have much to add Plus while I enjoy writing my usual ramblings about books I just finished, I try to keep this exercise as natural as possible and avoid turning it into a mandatory thing my feelings about them were not necessarily words or known words, and I don t want to emulate Joyce s style by having a review filled with weenybeenyveenyteeny So I let them be, aware that they might come back as ghosts to haunt me at anytimeJealousy is often only an uneasy need to be tyrannical, applied to matters of love Marcel Proust, La Prisonni reOthello, however, has its plot centered around one of my favorite subjects and on that I always have one or two things to say jealousy and its outcomes Ah, that powerful, destroying force that can conjure up hurricanes in sealed bedrooms where the wind wouldn t possibly get in otherwise That overwhelming emotion that can spontaneously generate or mutate fear, anxiety and insecurity out of nothingMy jealousy was born of mental images, a form of self torment not based upon probability Marcel Proust, La Prisonni reA mind affecting virus and the powers of the mind are unlimited, specially when it s running unbridled, wildly on its own that s invisible, a quality that makes it evendangerous Could our eyes perceive jealousy they can only see it s effects after it has taken over its victims or had it a distinct color or even a form that we could see surrounding the jealous, Desdemona perhaps would ve not been blindsided the way she was by Othello, and Othello perhaps would ve been able to escape Iago s double dealingsJealousy, which wears a bandage over its eyes, is not merely powerless to discover anything in the darkness that enshrouds it, it is also one of those torments where the task must be incessantly repeated, like that of the Danaids, or of Ixion Marcel Proust, La Prisonni reI ve read some criticism cast upon Othello the play because of how easily he the character believes in Iago s schemes and lies Never, not even for one second, I could doubt the realism of Shakespeare s plot of course, some of the drama is over the top, but still As much as insecurity can act as an inflammatory factor for a little kid to believe he s seeing monsters when he s all alone up in his room, watching different and unsettling shadows dance on his walls, it can also for a person who s jealous is merely insecure make a handkerchief look like an indisputable evidence of guilt in the court of jealousyFor what we suppose to be our love or our jealousy is never a single, continuous and indivisible passion It is composed of an infinity of successive loves, of different jealousies, each of which is ephemeral, although by their uninterrupted multiplicity they give us the impression of continuity, the illusion of unity Marcel Proust, Swann s WayHad it not been written a couple of centuries before Proust was even born, I would suspect Iago read In Search of Lost Time Not only he understood how jealousy works he himself was suffering from it but he also devised a plan that would grant him his revenge by using its vigorous strengths His only downfall was not foreseeing jealousy would eventually be up against other powers, as it happens constantly in life s battles.
Rating for yet another masterful play, with great lines and for allowing me to connect his work to my favorite author 5 stars.
Hands down the worst pillow fight in history.
In Othello, Shakespeare Creates A Powerful Drama Of A Marriage That Begins With Fascination Between The Exotic Moor Othello And The Venetian Lady Desdemona , With Elopement, And With Intense Mutual Devotion And That Ends Precipitately With Jealous Rage And Violent Deaths He Sets This Story In The Romantic World Of The Mediterranean, Moving The Action From Venice To The Island Of Cyprus And Giving It An Even Exotic Coloring With Stories Of Othello S African Past Shakespeare Builds So Many Differences Into His Hero And Heroine Differences Of Race, Of Age, Of Cultural Background That One Should Not, Perhaps, Be Surprised That The Marriage Ends Disastrously But Most People Who See Or read The Play Feel That The Love That The Play Presents Between Othello And Desdemona Is So Strong That It Would Have Overcome All These Differences Were It Not For The Words And Actions Of Othello S Standard Bearer, Iago, Who Hates Othello And Sets Out To Destroy Him By Destroying His Love For Desdemona As Othello Succumbs To Iago S Insinuations That Desdemona Is Unfaithful, Fascination Which Dominates The Early Acts Of The Play Turns To Horror, Especially For The Audience We Are Confronted By Spectacles Of A Generous And Trusting Othello In The Grip Of Iago S Schemes Of An Innocent Desdemona, Who Has Given Herself Up Entirely To Her Love For Othello Only To Be Subjected To His Horrifying Verbal And Physical Assaults, The Outcome Of Othello S Mistaken Convictions About Her Faithlessness Will you, I pray, demand that demi devilWhy he hath thus ensnared my soul and body Othello, end of Act VWhen I was about 9 years old, I put a healthy, live mouse into my parents microwave oven It was a summer day and I was all alone I had this devilish feeling inside me I knew it was wrong, but I had to do it I grabbed a kitchen chair, dragged it across the floor, stood on it, opened the door, and threw the mouse in Then I hit start.
At first it was no big deal The light turned on inside, the mouse sniffed around, and I watched from outside, keen to see the first sign of distress I felt exhilarated, euphoric, omnipotent This living thing this twitching, whiskered, beady eyed creature its life was mine for the taking, its fate mine for the making.
After ten seconds, I stopped the microwave and cracked the door The mouse seemed unfazed and crawled toward me I shut the door again and hit start another ten seconds It was just enough When I cracked the door again, the mouse was visibly shaken It crawled much slower and traced a clumsy arc across the microwave floor I shut the door again and hit start Another ten seconds Then tenThen ten .
I never felt any hate for that mouse I wasn t seeking revenge for its past acts I didn t even draw any specific pleasure from its pain or agony Why then Why would I, a young and well adjusted child of God, a pillar of Cub Scout values and lover of mothers and cousins and little brothers why would I nuke this helpless rodent in the mortal chamber of parents microwave oven Why Because I could, that s why.
And I believe Shakespeare s Iago would say the same thing to Othello s question above Why did Iago ensnare the Moor s soul Why did he devise, occasion, direct, and execute the collapse of the man s entire world Why Because he could, that s why.
Rodrigo, Cassio, Desdemona, Othello mere mice in Iago s oven The fact that he can destroy them so cleverly, so precisely, so artistically functions as proof to him It proves the superiority of his will over theirs, just as my minute mice experiment proved the superiority of a 9 year old s will over another creature s entire existence.
I find little mystery in the psychology of Shakespeare s Iago His motivation is clearly all too human The real mystery of the play and the play s deepest question is why that is so Why do such beings like Iago, like the 9 year old me, like the thousandfold prison guard, priest and parent who, seduced by omnipotence, inflicts terror and torment on a fellow living being why do such creatures exist It s a sublime question asked by a sublime play Iago is evil, no doubt But the kernel of his wickedness is commonplace among men Be honest If I were suddenly to place you at the almighty helm of mankind, can you really be sure you wouldn t inflict on man the kinds of calamities and catastrophes wrought by old Jehovah Overflowing with power, knowledge and time, could you really avoid torturing man Even if you were the only one watching read this play, or better, watch it I assure you, if you re honest, you will see a bit of yourself in Iago and a bit of him in you And you will be properly horrified.
Disclaimer the mouse was actually a spider Sorry for the embellishment, but an arachnid didn t have the same punch as a mammal.
Othello The Tragedy of Othello, William ShakespeareOthello The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro A Moorish Captain by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565 The story revolves around its two central characters Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army and his unfaithful ensign, Iago Given its varied and enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance, Othello is still often performed in professional and community theater alike, and has been the source for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations 1974 20121603 16041565.