Sin in "Othello" Book Review by Nicky

Sin in "Othello"
An analysis of the theme of sin in William Shakespeare's "Othello".
# 151075 | 799 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 21, 2012 in English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Othello)

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This paper discusses how in William Shakespeare's play, "Othello", Desdemona is "more sinned against than sinning" because she is the innocent victim in the play. It looks at how her husband, the man she should trust with her life, turns against her in a fit of jealousy. The paper also discusses how he allows himself to be duped by a cunning heartless man but the real sin not in the jealousy, although that is bad, but in the fact that he never allowed Desdemona to defend herself before taking her life. Desdemona is the definition of innocent victim as her sins were all imaginary. She commits no sin and yet seems to pay for the sins of her husband.

From the Paper:

"Othello sins against Desdemona in the worst of ways because he never gives her a chance to defend herself against Iago's libelous attacks. His sin is complex in that it is multi-faceted. He believes Iago over Desdemona and then he allows himself to be tricked by Iago as the play progresses. He believes the story about the handkerchief without confronting Desdemona. His sin is believing the lie and then perpetuating it in his own jealous mind. He never even considers giving her an opportunity to explain anything and this is a great sin. Throughout the play, Othello never allows Desdemona to defend her honor, regardless of how wrecked his mind is. Instead, he simply accuses her of infidelity and when he decides that she is guilty, there is nothing she can do. The irony is that she could have alleviated so much of his worry had he simply let her but his emotion simply would not hear of it."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. Othello. Kenneth Muir, ed. New York: Penguin Books. 1968.

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