How does Shakespeare explore the themes of power and corruption in…
How does Shakespeare explore the themes of power and corruption in Othello?
TABT people in positions of power will try to abuse it to get what they want
Brabantio using his position to try and force a divorce between Othello and Desdemona
"Get weapons and raise some special officers..." (Act 1 Sc. I)
use of the commanding/ imperative tone shows that Brabantio has authority here and he uses it for his personal ends; even though the instructions are to 'get weapons', he is obeyed without question
Iago using Emilia to steal the handkerchief
TABT people are willing to sacrifice their morals for power
Iago lying and killing people in an attempt for power and "revenge"
"Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio"
Iago lying to Othello, taking advantage. Dramatic irony allows the audience to see Iago's power over Othello, making the audience feel pity towards Othello; irritated towards Iago
TABT people use power to hide their insecurities
Brabantio disapproving of Othello
Iago believing the rumour about Othello and Emilia
Othello killing Desdemona
"Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men" (Act 5 Sc. 2)
Use of the word 'must' shows Othello's conviction of his betrayal and shows the audience that he can't live with the idea of Desdemona's alleged infidelity
TABT power can make people loyal towards you
TABT people with less power will use people in higher positions to get what they want
Iago manipulating Othello, Cassio, Roderigo and Desdemona for his own ends
Iago instructing Roderigo to harm Cassio in both Act 2 and Act 5
Shows Iago's willingness to hide behind the power and influence of others; escape accountability for his actions
Cassio using Desdemona to try to get his job back