Love Is Not Bliss (Romeo & Juliet + Othello) A Thesis
One of the reasons that the works of Shakespeare are so distinguished is simply for the truth that he can wonderfully develop minutes of joy, unhappiness, glory, misery, torment, love, betrayal – and anything else which might fall in between (Krakauer 09). There are various situations in reality in which a single person might fall deeply in love with another, however it will eventually turn out that it was never ever to take place in the very first place. When it concerns Shakespeare, love is never ever suggested to bloom in the plays Romeo and Juliet, and Othello.
In the really first act of Romeo and Juliet, for instance, we find out that there is a feud in between the Montagues and the Capulets. Two families, both alike in self-respect (In fair Verona, where we lay our scene) From Ancient grudge get into brand-new mutiny (Act I Sc I). Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love with each other. But, because of their households hatred, their joy and youth are squandered.
Juliet gets a marriage proposition from Paris, and concurs that she will think about marrying him if she likes him. After falling for Romeo however – at very first sight, she learns as he leaves that he is a Montague. She is struck with as much horror as he is after he learns that she is a Capulet. It is just a little while later that Juliet delivers her popular speech: “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? … O, be some other name! What remains in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” (Act II Sc II). Passion it is of course, but that polluted term has in our day become helpless to reveal it. Pureness would be the ideal word for it if the world had not forgotten that pureness is simply Greek for fire (Krakauer 17).
Juliet later on finds that her daddy has actually organized for her to marry Paris in 3 days. She declines to do so, and her daddy is furious over the reality that his daughter is so happy and unthankful. She then turns to her mother – but her mom declines to listen to what she has to say. In desperation, she turns to the nurse for suggestions, and even the Nurse thinks that Juliet must wed Paris, since Romeo was eliminated from Verona and is not likely to return. Juliet realized that everyone is versus her, so she relied on Friar Laurence for aid.
The Friar knows of a sleeping potion that Juliet would be able to use that would fool her family to believe that Juliet is dead. Juliet decided to use that potion on the very night that she is to wed Paris. When the family finds Juliet “dead’, the Friar says that they must arrange for a burial and carry Juliets body to the church.
After Romeo (then in Mantua) learns that Juliet is dead, he buys some poison and intends to kill himself in the vault where Juliet lies. Paris is in the vault when Romeo arrives, and he assumes that Romeo is there for evil purposes. The two men then fight a duel, and Romeo realizes that he has killed Paris as he falls. He then gazes at Juliet in her tomb, and swallows the poison after giving her a last kiss. He instantly dies, and Juliet wakes up shortly thereafter. After she realizes that Romeo is dead, she takes his dagger and stabs herself with it. It is then that the families reconcile – when it is too late. Statues were to be made in honor of the lovers. Cynics are fond of saying that if Romeo and Juliet had lived, their love would not have lasted (Krakauer 24).There is also numerous instances in Othello in which it is evident that love was never meant to blossom between Othello, and his wife Desdemona. Brabantio is the father of Desdemona.
He regrets the fact that he allowed Desdemona to marry Othello, who just happens to be a Moor. He realized that he would have rather let a unestablished man named Roderigo take Desdemonas hand in marriage. Othello is accused of using witchcraft on his wife, and it is said that he is probably abusing her as well. However, when Desdemona is questioned, she admits that she has fallen in love with Othello and married him on her own will. Brabantio is furious when he hears his daughters confessions, and he practically disowns her. He then turns to Othello, and says “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father, and may thee” (Act I Sc III).
Then there is the notorious villain, Iago. He came up with a plan to make it seem like Desdemona was cheating on Othello with his friend, Michael Cassio. Iago feels hatred towards Othello because he passed him over, and promoted Cassio for a position. Iago also had suspicions that Othello may have been having an affair with Emilia (Iagos wife), and for that he wants get revenge on Othello. Shakespeare gives Iago an outward appearance of honest virtue and has Othello consistently call him “Honest Iago.” (Krakauer 56).
Iago has the tendency to be very convincing and manipulative. He manages to make money off of Roderigo by offering foolish advice followed by a great deal of logic. After much talk, Roderigo is even convinced to sell off his land, so he can have a lot of money in his hands to get the attention of Desdemona. It is safe to say that Iago is very much like the devil himself (Krakauer 62). This is evident in his soliloquy at the very end of Act I. He reveals to the audience that he wishes to abuse Othellos ear, and blacken Cassios name as well. Iago also tends to compare people to animals, such as when he says, “The Moor is of a free and open nature that thinks men honest that but seem to be so, and will as tenderly be led by the nose as asses are.” (Act I Sc III).
Iago does indeed poison Othellos ears by convincing him to view the friendship between Desdemona and Cassio under a negative perspective. At a party, he gets Cassio to drink an excessive amount of liquor, which makes him drunk. At one point as Cassio gets in a fight with another person, Othello walks in, and Iago makes him take Cassios position away from him. Iago then goes over to Cassio and acts as if he is a friend to him. He tells Cassio to request Desdemona to convince Othello to give Cassio his position back.
Desdemona agrees to do so, but all in a very innocent manner. Since Iago has plagued Othellos mind with false thoughts, Othello gets furious everytime that Desdemona mentions Cassios name. He begins to suffer mentally, and has trouble sleeping, and begins to snap at Desdemona over the slightest things. Eventually, Othello smothers Desdemona, and kills her. Emilia discovers what has happened, and cries out till Iago arrives. She then reveals the fact that Iago is a villain, and Iago kills her. Othello realizes that he has made a mistake, and kills himself, and Iago gets executed.
The love stories in Romeo and Juliet, and Othello start off very nicely, but unfortunately end with tragic deaths.
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