Topics: Love, Triangular theory of love, Robert Sternberg Pages: 4 (1160 words) Published: May 17, 2013

An Assignment for Study on Shakespeare Subject

Submitted for the Requirement of Final Exam

compiled by:

AHMAD SAAD I. 120610083

faculty of HUMANITIES

English department

Airlangga university



Othello (2005) is directed by Oliver parker, and starring by Laurence Fishburne, Irène Jacob, Michael Maloney, Nathaniel Parker, Kenneth Branagh. Oliver Parker made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the tragic play by William Shakespeare. Laurence Fishburne stars as the Moorish general Othello, who returns as a hero after defend his country from the Turkish army’s invasion near Cyprus. In this movie he (Othello) promises to marry the lovely Desdemona (Irene Jacob). In this movie Othello ignores the advice of his intended's father, who tells him that there is somebody else who pull the wool over Othello’s eyes (inveigle). Othello's aide, Iago (Kenneth Branagh) who is jealous of Cassio (Nathaniel Parker, the director's real-life brother) that he has the lower rank from Cassio, then begins to incite Othello to make Othello believe that Desdemona and Cassio are carrying on an affair. Because Iago has lack evidence about the affair of Desdemona and, Iago manages to manipulate Othello's suspicious, to make Othello trust toward Iago. From the context above the writer would like to review Othello the movie in the love relationship point of view between Othello and Desdemona by using Sternberg’s triangular theory of love.


As it is shown in the movie that Iago has successfully influences Othello to hate Cassio and to disturb him with a great jealousy that finally kills Desdemona, Othello’ wife whom he really loves. But do Othello really loves Desdemona in case that he kills someone he loves; Desdemona? It might be seen that Othello does really loves Desdemona that is why he kills Desdemona, but there are...

References: - The movie ‘Othello’ 1995
- Sternbeg’ triangular theory of love
- Conner, Frank L. The Psychology of Love, A class-lecture video. USA: Grand Rapids Community College.
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