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Othello by William Shakespeare remains an amazing well-read and often-performed drama approximately 400 years after it was first put to paper because every person that reads it can relate to a part or many parts of the play Both the major and minor themes in Othello are emotions that are inherent to human nature Humans of 3000 years ago felt the same things tearing at themselves as we all do in the year 2000 The fact that Shakespeares plays are focused on emotions Othello especially is why he transcends time Othello is an extremely complex play and breaking it down into only a few main themes doesnt do it justice However the pulse of the tragedy is the exchanges between Othello and Iago These of course lead to Othellos jealousy that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio If you take it back to the beginning of the play its Iagos jealousy of Cassio that causes him to make a plan to undo both Cassio and Othello The same jealousy shown by Iago and Othello is seen in people day-in and day-out People become jealous about petty frivolous things Being beaten out for a promotion would fit in that category Yet just as how in New York City jealousy can cause death Its on the news nightly jealousy caused death in this play Othellos murder of Desdemona for made-up reasons and Iagos attempted murder of Cassio are perfect examples Often writers can go overboard when it comes to the blood and gore aspect of a film as even Shakespeare has done at times However Othellos final act of murder and death does not overstep its bounds The reason is that while Othellos death is his bodys end that is not the real tragedy of the play The tragedy of the play is how Iago was able to viciously delude Othello and make him even consider so heinous an act as to suffocate his
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