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Love and hate are the two great themes of literature Though love and hate are opposites in Shakespeares Othello they are closely related to one another In the play the antagonist Iago due to his hatred of Othello destroys love between protagonist and his wife and eventually causes their deaths Othello by William Shakespeare takes place in Venice during the invasion of the island of Cyprus by the Turks The protagonist of the story Othello is a newlywed Moorish general with a very gullible nature The antagonist of the story is Iago an officer under Othello who wishes to be promoted to lieutenant but the position was given to the young and attractive Cassio Other major character in the play is Desdemona Othellos wife who is accused of having an affair with Cassio In addition there are Roderigo a Venetian who is deeply in love with Desdemona and Emilia Iagos wife who could have prevented the death of Desdemona The tone of the story is tragic and serious Meanwhile there isnt any point of view because this is a play and a play doesnt normally have a narrator Shakespeare lets the reader make up hisher own imagination with the characters words and behavior Since Othello is the protagonist he is explained in more detail Although Othello is a brave warrior he is a jealous person his jealousy also prevails over his good sense The whole play depicts the fact that jealousy causes corruption There are many conflicts found in Othello and person vs person is one of them An example is when Iago seeks revenge against Othello and Cassio because hate caused by his anger and jealousy An internal conflict of person vs himself is found when Othello is in a dilemma about whether or not he should believe that Desdemona is being unfaithful to him Othello loves and trusts Desdemona until his jealousy is aroused by the cruel manipulations of Iago Iagos intention
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