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Thematic Premise-Greed usually in the form of an obsession for money and power often leads to a loss of personal values sense of self and even life Working Theme Statement for Lit1-If there is an obsession or a great amount of greed for money power or love then as a result there is a risk of losing personal values a sense of self and possibly life When the fantasies and desires of a person turn into an obsession or an excess of greed of whatever it is he wants usually it will drive a person to do extreme and unrational things hat he wouldnt normally do This greed often causes him to lose his sense of morals his sense of self or possibly even his life In Shakespeares play The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice Othello loses control of his rational and sensible thinking as he is tormented by taunting lies from Iago of his loved one cheating on him Also Iagos obsession for power and control cause him to lie and trick Othello into questioning his wifes love If Othello werent obsessed with his love for Desdemona his mind would not unravel so easily If Iago werent so obsessed with power and control than he wouldnt have to result to lies and deception Both of these characters have been driven to act in unrational ways because of their obsessions In the beginning of the play Othello is considered a noble reasonable man who can stay calm and keep his head in difficult situations At one point in the play Brabantio as well as a number of other guards confront Othello armed and ready to attack on charges that Othello has tricked Brabantios daughter into marrying him Othello is known to be a worthy opponent on the battlefield but instead of making a physical confrontation with Brabantio and his men Othello goes freely to calmly talk about and
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