Othello is a tragedy with different themes throughout the movie. There are three big themes that really play a part in this film. Hatred is often skin deep occurs throughout the entire film and shows how racial prejudice can affect not only the person who it is against but even the people around them. Bad things happen to good people is another theme which is present. It shows that even if you are innocent that bad things can happen to you. The last theme present is jealousy has the power to destroy. It shows how jealousy can really affect a person and take over their life.
Hatred is often skin deep is one of the main themes that is persistent throughout the whole movie. It all begins in the beginning of the movie when Othello and Desdemona run away and get married without telling Desdemona’s father, Iago. Because of the prejudice views of the town, the two were basically forced to run away and get married because it was not accepted for them to be together there. Othello’s social class was too low and the fact that he was black and she was white just wasn’t accepted. The people in this town were very racist and this was a problem throughout the whole entire movie.
Iago couldn’t come to terms and believe that his daughter could possibly fall in love and marry a lower class black man. Once Iago finally accepts the marriage, he began to try and sabotage the marriage and split them apart. The hatred that Iago has for Othello only grows when he thinks that Othello is in an affair with Iago’s wife. Iago begins the process of trying to set up Cassio so it looks as if he is having an affair with Desdemona. Iago’s plan works very well because of Othello’s belief that Desdemona would look for someone else who was not lower class and black. Othello is not only facing the prejudice views that are directed towards him but he is also guilty of putting forth those views upon Desdemona. He immediately looks to her thinking that she is betraying him and doing...
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