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Conflict in Othello

Conflict Examples in Othello:

Act I - Scene II

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"Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals That weaken motion:..."   (Act I - Scene II)

Brabantio repeatedly characterizes Desdemona’s elopement with Othello as an act of coercion or theft. The variety of ways in which he describes the event—as the result of theft, magic, and drugging—indicates that he uses his imagination to cope with the reality that his daughter may have fallen in love with Othello.

"I cannot believe that in her; she's full of most blest condition. IAGO: Blest fig'send! The wine she drinks is made of grapes...."   (Act II - Scene I)

The opposing views of Desdemona shared by Roderigo and Iago in this exchange represent two archetypes of Shakespearean characters. Roderigo is a romantic; Iago is a classicist. Romantic types—think Romeo—are driven by emotion and idealism. Classical types are colder and more analytical. The dialogue between Roderigo and Iago in Act I about emotion versus reason is a perfect example of a clash between romanticism and classicism. In this exchange, Roderigo idealizes Desdemona. Iago, who idealizes nothing, retorts with the humorous, sobering truth that “the wine she drinks is made of grapes.”

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