Othello\’s U.K Modern Day Adaptation
Shakespeare brings out Othello as evidence that anyone in the society is in a position to be vulnerable whenever they lose the sense of their lives. This point is arguable because to an extent, and it does not seem when one matures and then reverses to where they had gone through. When one grows to become an adult, responsibility increases, and they become answerable to many issues in the society. In fact, every society categorizes individuals and uphold their respect depending on how much responsible they are both in their acts and the society. Being an adult is not only about growing old physically but also mentally and becoming responsible in the society. How one conducts (Harold 201) , themselves can always judge how others will perceive them. In fact, an adult must make the right decision that adds value to the society. The big question is, is it possible for someone to grow into adulthood but still do not attain the status of maturity going by the expectation of the society.
When a person decides to spoil another person’s reputation, they go along tarnishing the way other people would look at that person. However, in Shakespeare playwright, Iago does not only damage Othello’s reputation but goes ahead to target Othello’s foundation (Sue 123). Iago takes advantage of Othello’s jealous and makes Othello suspect that Desdemona is not faithful in their relationship. Iago does this but without any evidence because he knows too well that Othello is jealous and desperate and would accept anything about the partner after all he had suspected her before.
At this point of analysis, it is necessary to point out that Othello is one respected person who should not take light things seriously. However, he shocks all when he accepts cheap lies from Iago, who is out to spoil his relationship with Desdemona. One ironical thing is that while Othello is out to avoid his enemies and not to take anything they say as true, he takes in what Iago tells him and a make things fall apart between him and his partner Desdemona. A man of Othello’s Caliber is a grown up and needs to reason properly before he accuses the partner because of lies from an evil friend. Nevertheless, Othello falling a prey in Iago’s trap just means that anybody can reverse their statutes from prudent to imprudent (Sue 94) . The argument that one has always grown a grown up does not add up here because Othello has been duped when everyone thought that he is the most prudent person in the playwright.
When the anxiety comes in, Othello is even more convinced than ever that Iago is Desdemona is indeed in love with Iago and the two have been going behind him in an extra-marital affair. Othello misbehaves by letting go his noble status and becomes a victim of the drama in which Iago puts him. Othello does not look that gullible, does he? However, he proves he can be gullible when things do not work. Everyone initially knew Othello for all good and noble acts, but he lets himself down. Even if it was true that Desdemona is in love with another man, Othello ought to have composed himself and weigh several options before losing his character(Shakespeare 602 ). Therefore, noble men can always become imprudent whenever a situation call for imprudence. All a worthy man needs to misbehave is insecurity in a relationship and jealousy.
Shakespeare uses the theme of jealousy to stir up the right traits of the protagonist in the play. Jealousy hurts Unlike envy, which gives one time to attain a state of self-control. Jealousy sets back and inflicts pain and fear in someone especially if the subject matter is love and relationships. The renowned philosopher says that someone who believes that all they have is so precious that when they lose it, they stand a chance to perish exhibits jealousy. Consequently, they tend to guard that which they treasure and always feel insecure in case anything goes wrong. Dialogue is thus very dangerous, and the character Iago himself tells that “O, beware, my lord of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on. That cuckold….loves,” ( Shakespeare 627). The line shows how Othello applies Jealousy to trap Othello and inflict pain on him. Jealousy is used to blind Othello’s course of reasoning.
At the onset of the drama, Othello appears to be sagacious in fact; his argument sends silence to the father of Desdemona. Sarcastically, Othello now changes and uses very coarse utterance and threatens to harm Iago for having had an affair with Desdemona. He falls out of his logic. The play tells the reader that whenever Othello had a problem, his logic was enough to solve it, but now the converse works for him although by harming him (Shakespeare 517). He ought to have taken the time to investigate the alleged evidence in the handkerchief but instead; he makes a wrong and hasty conclusion. He does not trust his wife just because a friend drifts his thoughts out of the gutter. The marriage thus remains dangling on a cliff due to stupid tolerance of Othello. A man who was so upright and stable in all his aspects of life turns to be imprudent.
The foundation of every relationship is imperative. When Othello woos Desdemona, everyone thinks that they have a strong-based foundation in their love, and not even the strongest man would break the strong bonds that exist between them. However, the foundation becomes questionable because the love seems too marred with suspicion especially from Othello after falling a victim of Iago’s trap. It is a clear indication that trust was very elusive in this relationship right from the beginning. A healthy relationship can never be broken by baseless accusation. To avoid such accusation, the man in the relationship should not be easygoing when he is informed of anything. Initially, Othello never exhibited such behavior, but tragedy comes in when becomes so gullible abruptly (Sue 199).As if to add more pain Othello even accuses Desdemona with Cassio and says that they used to partner sometimes back. Iago claims that all Desdemona wants to use Othello to further the career of his former boyfriend who is a potential husband going by the happenings. Still at this point, the “wise” Othello fails to unravel the motive behind Iago’s statements and claims. Othello finally becomes unsure of the love that they share with Desdemona and makes hiss won decision without making inquiries from the wife if all the allegations hold water.
It is therefore true to argue that people change. There is a downward trend of transformation where those who are taken to have grown and surpassed particular events could at some point in life find themselves taking that route again. The respected Othello stoops low to Iago’s lies, and this makes him go crazy. The readers are left wondering whether or not Othello deserves the respect accorded to him by the entire drama community. The answer is arguable because he is just a victim of foolishness (Harold 201).
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