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Tammy Cross
English Literature
Research Paper 3.1
Final Draft
The Alteration of Love in Othello and Hamlet
I chose to discuss a comparison between Othello and Hamlet. The central comparison that precipitates in the analysis of these two plays; Othello and Hamlet is that they are both tragedies driven by character. Hence, it follows the cliché, classic theme of great men coming from great prominence falling to terrible ends and eventually death. Othello and Hamlet are both in situations where they are pretty susceptible for the love of their family. Love has several meanings but in both plays, the strong emotion of love became skewed. In hamlet, it was his father and in Othello it was his wife. With their fall, others declined as well, even their love ones.

In Othello, Shakespeare displays the obliteration of love driven by the deadly sin: jealousy. The play further demonstrates how the highest of the men can fall into the treacherous grip of deceit, evil and poisonous words.

Early on in the play, the result of suspicion and jealousy are already at hand. Iago is part of the same company military that Othello commands. Due to Iago's jealousy of losing a promotion to Cassio, Iago's hatred towards Othello develops. Cassio, in Iago's eyes lacks military knowledge and experience. This is used as the driving force for the central plot showing Iago's deceitfulness. Jealousy is what triggers the downfall of Othello and led to decisions made by certain characters in the play, such as Iago. One Michael Cassio, a Florentine

That never set a squadron in the field
Nor the division of a battle knows
More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric
Wherein the toged consuls can propose
As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practise,
Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had the election:
And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof
At Rhodes, at Cyprus and on other grounds
Christian and heathen, must be be-lee'd and calm'd
By debitor and creditor: this...
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