theAll love must eventually end in loss. The greater the love, the greater the torment of losing it. Othello loved Desdemona and the very thought of losing her and her love would dry up his fountain of life and his desire to live. “Where I have garnered up my heart, where either I must live or bear no life, the fountain from the which my currant runs or else dries up” With this perception and fear in Othello it caused him to go along the path of his own self destruction.
F.R Leavis critical interpretation and the BBC Jonathan Miller production of Othello support my view that it was Othello that caused his own downfall. Both Leavis and Miller show effectively the effects that the rushed and interracial marriage had on Othello and that these factors caused Othello’s biggest character flaw to come out and start to manifest during the duration of the play, leading to his ultimate downfall and a tragic end.
This character flaw is jealously and in the play Othello as said by Leavis is tuned into a case where the modern label of jealously is attached in which I believe was in order for Shakespeare to show his responders the dangers of one being jealous.
The mere plot mechanism of Iago warns Othello of his jealous nature numerous times throughout the play for example in Act 3 scene 3 where Iago says to Othello O, beware, my lord, of jealousy, it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
the meat it feeds on. With the use of strong visual imagery this quote highlights that Iago was merely warning his General of a trait that he knew manifested in Othello. In the BBC production this scene supports the view that Iago was a mere plot device due to the positioning of Othello and Iago. Othello is positioned to tower over Iago using a low high angle shot verses a low angle shot, showing to the viewers that Iago is small and insignificant compared to Othello, this also creates the perception that Iago is weak and incapable of being the poisoner of the love that Othello...
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