Write a speech to a hsc student about human condition in Othello. Give reference to one character and one theme.
For centuries, William Shakespeare has
captured the hearts of men and women with his tragedies. His plays explore human existence and raise questions about what it means to be human; allowing the audience to relate to his characters despite the era in which the play was produced. Good morning students, today I am going to discuss what role the human condition plays in the plot of Shakespeare’s play, Othello.
In ‘The tragedy of Othello: the Moor of Venice’, Shakespeare probes into the human condition by creating characters who present distinguishing qualities of human emotion such as jealousy. It is a tale revolving around a central character named Othello, who is deceived by jealous men and in turn becomes jealous himself. The moral conveys a close application of the concerns of human life and excites the audience’s sympathy through this.
Throughout the play, we see how Othello’s nature and attitudes change from the fondest love for his wife, Desdemona, and unbounded confidence to the tortures of jealousy. Jealousy is a human quality that transcends time and place. The revenge of Othello, after it has once taken possession of his mind, grows stronger at every moment of its delay and leads to his eventual downfall.
His raging thoughts till his revenge highlights the painful regrets and involuntary recollections of past circumstances which cross his mind and aggravate his sense of wrongs. This is depicted when Iago shows him Cassio with the handkerchief in his hand, making Othello feel betrayed, bitter and full of shame.
Iago provokes Othello to manipulate his jealous side, leading to a sequence of events, ending in his death. Iago warns him of this. He says ‘O beware, my lord of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on.’ This evokes and shows the darker nature of the human soul, as a once noble character...
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