No fear Shakespeare (Othello) Summary and Analysis
No fear by Shakespeare tells the story of Othello and is considered to be one of the most famous classical literally works.
The 5 act play tells the story of how the military general, Othello, falls into the trap of thinking that his wife is cheating.
No Fear Shakespeare (Othello) is essentially a personal tragedy sparked by jealously.
Self-worthiness, reputation damage, shame, and the fear of rejection are the other important themes in Othello.
Shakespeare’s famous play was first showcased in 1604 and has since earned a permanent place in the list of literal masterpieces alongside Cinderella and Hamlet.
One of the reasons for the widespread popularity of No fear Shakespeare Othello is the plays realistic nature which means that the audience can relate to the story and even emphasize with the characters.
What are the three most dominant themes in No fear Shakespeare (Othello)?
Jealousy is the root of the tragedy in No fear Shakespeare (Othello). In fact, the entire story revolves around how easy it is for a jealous person to stir the same feelings in others.
This is what happens when Iago tricks Othello into believing that Desdemona was an unfaithful partner. Othello is consumed by jealousy so much that it is impossible to convince his otherwise.
The real tragedy is that fuelled by jealously, Othello ends up killing his wife and he also kills himself.
In Othello, jealousy takes many forms, from sexual suspicion to professional competition, but it is, in all cases, destructive.
In Othello, No fear racism is a key theme that is evident throughout the 5 act play. In fact, nearly all characters in the play react in some racist manner towards the hero.
Being the only black military general at the time, Othello is looked upon as an outsider and is subjected to racist slurs repeatedly.
Initially, Othello is a happily married military man who commanded respect. Later on, Othello, under Iago’s influence adapts discriminative ideas and ends up ruining his life and that of his wife Desdemona.
Roderigo is one of the more vocal racists in the play, in fact, he uses racial slurs to express his jealously towards Othello; “What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe/If he can carry‘t thus!” (I.i.65-66), Roderigo is cited.
Othello No fear by Shakespeare is filled with instances of male assertion and dominance.
Right from the first act, Shakespeare portrays women as being inferior to men; the behaviours portrayed characters such as Iago also clearly delineate the perceived power men have over women.
Other themes in Othello No Fear Shakespeare include; Sex, Marriage, Manipulation, Warfare, Hate, and Identity.
No Fear by Shakespeare (Othello) Act 1 summary
No fear Othello begins with Roderigo and Iago arguing on the streets of Venice, Italy.
The argument’s cause is not clear, but the audience gets an early glimpse of Iago’s true nature.
For instance, Iago blatantly demeans Roderigo and shows no respect for any other characters’ intelligence.
We soon learn that Iago holds a grudge against Othello because Othello had appointed Michael Cassio for the lieutenant position.
According to Iago, Cassio is only good with numbers; therefore, he would be useless on the battlefield. Iago decides to take his revenge against Othello, trolling him for marrying an unfaithful wife.
Roderigo and Iago visit Desdemona’s father and tell him about the affair between Othello and Desdemona.
The next scene begins with Othello and Iago on stage- the two discuss Othello’s new wife, Desdemona.
From the conversation, the audience can tell that trouble brewing, especially after learning that Brabantio (Desdemona’s father) is an influential senator.
In other words, Brabantio can easily split up Othello’s marriage.
Surprisingly, Othello is unfazed (he has no fear) since he believes love will prevail- Othello adds that his record in the military will help him deal with Desdemona’s father.
Suddenly, Brabantio shows up armed and ready to kill Othello for secretly marrying Desdemona.
Othello explains that the union between him and Desdemona was out of love, and no one had been forced into the relationship.
Desdemona finally arrives and confirms Othello’s story- the consequence is that Brabantio disowns Desdemona, who has no choice but to travel with Othello and his crew.
No Fear Shakespeare Othello Act 2 Summary
Act 2 is where Othello announces victory over the Turkish fleet. If you are wondering “How were the Turks defeated?” here is the answer: Nature did the damage, specifically a strong storm wrecked the Turks’ ship people
What is the main theme of Act 2 in Othello?
Hatred and revenge are the two dominant themes in Act 2. Driven by hatred, Iago lies to Roderigo and Othello that Desdemona is fornicating
Iago is determined to put make Othello jealous so that his marriage with Desdemona may fail.
In one instance Othello and Desdemona are having a lovely exchange, and Iago remarks in an aside regardless of the obvious love between the two, he would destroy their marriage. Unfortunately, Othello falls for the lies and becomes unjustifiably hateful.
Jealousy also manifests through Othello as evidenced by his tendency to rash out- ultimately he creates a deadly conflict that results in death.
It is important to note that while Iago is convinced that Cassio is in love with Desdemona, he is also aware of the fact that Desdemona loves Othello.
In fact, Desdemona does not suggest that she intends to cheat on Othello. Instead, she establishes herself as an intellectual and outspoken woman who can defend herself even in the absence of her husband.
Desdemona establishes herself as an outspoken and independent woman—she does not depend upon her husband’s presence either socially or intellectually.
Iago admits that he himself would to be with Desdemona, although he is just after revenge for he thinks Othello slept with Emilia.
In case it was impossible for him to sleep Desdemona, Iago reasons, at least Othello will fall for his lies and confront Desdemona for fornicating.
We also get a hint of Iago’s obsession with revenge- I ago is convinced that the “lusty Moor (Othello) hath leapt into my seat (wife) …And nothing can or shall content my soul Til I am evened with him, wife for wife.”