Oral Presentation on Othello
Greed! Lust! Envy! Pride! Gluttony! Sloth! Wrath! These are the 7 deadly sins! – Shakespeare often related to Christianity and Biblical concepts in his plays; Othello is no exception. Throughout Othello, there are certain events and deeds carried out by the characters which strongly resemble these 7 deadly sins. Wrath is deemed the worst of these sins and is by far the most recognizable and obvious sin within the play. Examples of these sins are sewn deeply into the fabric of Othello and result in some tragic and fatal consequences, emphasising and underlining their deadliness. During my speech today, I am going to discuss how the final scenes elude to the 7 deadly sins and how this changes my opinion on a whole. The closing scenes of Othello, in particular Othello’s final speech; provides an insight into and informs my judgement of the play as a whole through the eyes and the perspective of Othello himself. Here we see the characteristics of the Othello seen in acts 1 and 2 return. The language again possesses solidity, confidence, control and power. Othello is grasping back his control through deciding his own fate and choosing to take his life. Murder and suicide are the two worst expressions of the sin wrath and are deemed as the rejection of god’s gift. Christians believe that carrying out these deeds will condemn a person to hell for eternity. However there are two ways to interpret his situation. Firstly – is Othello committing a brave and noble act of self-punishment for his tragic actions and knowingly condemning himself? Or – is he committing a cowardly escape from facing what he has done? “Soft you; a word or two before you go. I have done the state some service, and they know’t.” This shows his excessive pride to the extent of vanity, again reference to another deadly sin, by emphasising his beneficial service to the state in order to mask his recent anomalous behaviour. Othello is extremely proud of himself and his...
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