Professor Jaime Weida
The theme of relationship in William Shakespeare’s Othello is full of controversy and conflicts. What interested me most in this aspect is a so friendly relationship between Othello and Iago. Othello and Iago constantly have dialogue to each other through the poem. We see scene where Othello and Iago cut their hands and put them together which means the highest level of respect, loyalty and brotherhood in friendship. But at the same time we see how badly Iago influences Othello and makes leads him to a tragic ending and death of many innocent people.
The sorrow truth of life is that betrayal almost never comes from enemy but from people you rely most. Othello relies on Iago too much. we don’t understand why he does what he does — we don’t grasp his motivation. We observe his plot to destroy Othello by instilling jealousy. (2) Iago can be assessed as betrayer of friendship who’s motivation is not clearly expressed. In this manner, we are silent witnesses of his evil, failing to intervene. (1) Richard Raatzsch suggests that Iago is not a human being – he is a monster. We can not understand monsters in human terms because his moves doesn’t fit in ordinary human category. Another author Colin McGinn thinks that Shakespeare simply presents Iago to us outside and this is the reason why we don’t see his character’s motivation toward Othello.
Othello is represented as physically strong character with good reputation respected by all around. But free and transparent nature, naive trust in outward appearances leads Othello to be untrue to himself and deny values he cherishes. (3)
Poem is very realistic and such a things unfortunately happens in our life when friends influence each other badly.
William Shakespeare’s aspect of understanding nature of human relationship and analyse is truly impressive. We see how dark is Iago inside, despite been a white man, and see how much Othello is bright inside, even though he is a black man, by trusting his friend. Iago actually manipulates by Othello influences him and this is the reason why he is so jealous of Desdemona.