In the novel The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald and the play Othello by William Shakespeare there are similar themes. One of the most highlighted themes in both the novel and play is appearance vs. reality. The main characters in both pieces of literature have trouble telling the difference between what is real and what is not real. In both there is someone in control of these misconceptions, someone who suffers from these misconceptions and finally how the reality is restored.
In Othello it is the character Iago who is in control of the misconception of reality. Angry about the fact Cassio, (Othello’s best friend) was promoted to the lieutenant position instead of himself, he comes up with a plan to get Cassio fired so that he may be given this position. His plan is to make Othello believe that his wife Desdamona and his best friend and current lieutenant Cassio are having an affair. Iago is in control of Othellos misconceptions because he he feeds him little bits of information and false evidence whenever he feels like it. Whenever he wants to mess with Othello’s mind.
Similarly, in The Great Gatsby, main character Gatsby is also is also misled by someone. Daisy. Gatsby is in love with daisy and will do just about anything to have her. Before Gatsby went off to war Daisy said that she would wait for him. However, when Gatsby returned Daisy was married to Tom. Later in the book at a reunion Daisy is seen hugging Gatsby and even tells him that she loves him, saying I love you in front of her husband Tom. Which of course was a misleading lie.
In Othello the main character Othello is the one who suffers most from his misconception of reality. Not being able to tell the difference between appearance and reality lead to him murdering his wife. Through most of the play Othello thought that is wife was untrue. After subtly having the idea of his wife cheating planted into his head by Iago, Othello begins to go mad. Othello even has a seizure at one point in...
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