The Mood of Othello

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The Mood of Othello

The Mood of Othello Othello is a play that evokes many
emotions from a reader's mind. The mood is changing, yet
throughout, it demands a lot of contempt for the villain, Iago.
Beginning with act one, there is an immediate setting for
suspicion which will remain characteristic throughout the
whole story. There is a touch of happiness for the
newlyweds, Othello and Desdemona, which quickly
disintegrates with the mighty villains lies and deceit. There is
a feeling of empathy for Othello when his extreme, yet falsely
founded jealousy causes him to lose his mind, and his
beloved wife. The mood is sad and frustrating when poor
innocent Desdemona is being punished for a crime she didn't
commit. And at the end there is a slight feeling of satisfaction
that Iago's plan was revealed, yet the mood is
overwhelmingly depressing because Othello and Desdemona
both suffered severely and died. Iago introduces suspicion in
the very first scene. He is discussing how he hates Othello,
yet he must feign loyalty for his position. This is already a
clue to the reader that Iago cannot be trusted. This feeling of
mistrust is vital in the mood of the play because it is most
ironic that Othello trusts Iago as much as to murder his own
wife. This ironic plot creates a frustrating feeling for the
reader which is felt throughout the play. The mood is tense
when we find out that Brabantio is angry that Othello has
taken his daughter. He is determined that Othello must have
tricked Desdemona into loving him. Othello defends his love
for her, and she in turn vows her love for him. This situation
of a forbidden relationship is romantic, it makes the reader
feel a great deal of respect and happiness for their mutual
love. When Iago begins poisoning Othello's mind with false
suspicion of Desdemona's fidelity, the mood is extremely
frustrating. The reader is aware of Iago's lies, yet Othello is
being easily led to believe them. This also evokes anger
towards Iago, he is evil in his constant lying, yet he is
referred to by Othello as kind and honest. This irony is
painful to the reader because it is so blatant. Othello's
extreme jealousy causes the reader a combination of
emotions. Jealousy is a very painful emotion, and the reader
sympathizes with Othello. Yet, since the reader is aware of
the falseness in the roots of the jealousy, they feel a little
disgusted by how easily Othello is being tricked. He is
introduced as such a rational and strong man, yet the evil
Iago is so easily deceiving him. The mood is tragic when we
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