Forbidden Love in "Romeo and Juliet" and "Othello" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Forbidden Love in "Romeo and Juliet" and "Othello"
Discusses the concept of forbidden love in two of William Shakespeare's plays, "Romeo and Juliet" and "Othello".
# 37621 | 1,900 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 14, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) , Shakespeare (Othello)

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This paper compares the ideas of forbidden love between the characters of Romeo and Juliet and Othello and Desdemona in Shakespeare's famous tragic plays: "Romeo and Juliet" and "Othello". The paper shows how in both plays the characters wane to forbidden love taken by the numbing force of passion.

From the Paper:

"Othello's elopement with Desdemona sets in motion a long line of devious scams orchestrated by Iago. The villain of the play is Iago, a career military man who plots revenge against Othello, Desdemona, and Michael Cassio because Othello has promoted Cassio to lieutenant, a position to which Iago feels he is entitled. The role of the villain is the catalyst to the tragedy and successful in conveying the dark human emotions Shakespeare is famous for as shown in Iago's brilliant manipulations. Where Cassio is devastated and humiliated by Othello's actions, and Desdemona intervenes on his behalf to convince Othello that Cassio's punishment does not fit his crime, Iago begins to imply to Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Iago continues to manipulate Othello, raising his suspicions until he is in a jealous rage. At the same time, Iago is also manipulating both Desdemona and Cassio."

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