Struggle Between Good and Evil Shakespeare’s Othello
The statement that “All conflict in literature is, in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil” simplifies the idea that all themes and struggles in literature when broken down to their most basic forms are a conflict of good versus evil. This is a valid statement because good and evil are the basis of all conflict. A conflict is two sided and any struggle implies a difference of opinion or emotion which can be broken down into both “good” and “evil” parts.
Shakespeare’s use of characterization in Othello describes the character Othello as a brave, courageous, and honorable soldier. He also introduces the complete contrast of Othello in the character of Iago. Iago is portrayed as two-faced and manipulating, representing the evil aspect in the novel. Shakespeare uses Iago to take advantage of Othello’s trusting personality and prey at Othello’s good nature. Othello becomes overridden with hate and jealousy, which consume all of his other emotions. Othello displays how a character can cross the line between good and evil.
These emotions that Shakespeare conveys are also important in the themes of the play. The theme of love shows the good in all the characters and the theme of jealousy displays the evil in all the characters. Othello, representing the good, battles against his jealousy of Desdemona being with Cassio. Also the relationship between Othello’s character and Iago can be seen as a battle of the two forces.
In conclusion, the struggle of good and evil is a basic struggle that is common in all novels. This struggle is illustrated in Shakespeare‘s Othello through various themes and characterizations.