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Gatsby & Othello

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Sandra Messiha

on 6 June 2013

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Transcript of Gatsby & Othello

Othello and The Great Gatsby By: Lilly and Sandra Thesis Failure Gender Roles Decay Of Morals Through both works of Othello and The Great Gatsby, it is evident that those who appear to be loyal and content, in reality are disguising their true selves. This is shown through the various themes of appearance vs. reality, failure, gender roles, jealousy and morality. Jealousy In Othello the theme of Jealousy is shown between Cassio and Iago, because Iago does not feel as if though Cassio is worthy of being Othello's Lieutenant.
Also, it is shown most evidently through the strained marriage between Othello and Desdemona.
In The Great Gatsby, the theme of Jealousy is shown through Tom and Gatsby. They are jealousy of each other because of where their relationship stands with Daisy. Connections Appearance vs. Reality In The Great Gatsby shows the theme of gender roles because it is acceptable for Tom to cheat on Daisy, but not for Daisy to cheat on Tom.
In Othello gender roles are shown between Iago and Emilia because she is trying to always please her husband, for example by giving him Desdemona's handkerchief she is trying to gain his favor.
These two pieces of text are linked by this theme because they both show the vulnerable and submissive personality of women in comparison to men. Also, they display anti-feminism and the discouragement placed upon women for speaking their mind. In the Great Gatsby this theme is shown when Daisy and Tom leave town without paying their respects to Gatsby.
In Othello this theme is shown when Othello kills Desdemona and through his irrational thoughts.
In both texts a loss or a decay of morals is evident by the end of the story in comparison to the original character portrayed. Othello Gatsby Gatsby himself is hallow, an empty shell holding onto a mirage that is daisy-represented by the green light- and is not in touch with reality.
Gatsby sees Daisy as "the love of his life". However in reality Daisy herself does not meet up with Gatsby's expectations.
Gatsby has a strong belief that he can achieve what may seem impossible, which distorts his perception of reality.
Gatsby himself is a fake version of himself (James Gatz).
Gatsby does not comprehend that both his past and his image of Daisy is not realistic, which ultimately leads to his "magnificent failure"
Those who are wealthy appear content and happy with their luxurious lifestyles, however use their riches to fill their empty spirits.
Although it may appear as if Gatsby had many friends, his tragic death reveals that they were only using him for his hospitality. The main character who prominently displays the theme of appearance vs. reality is Iago.
Iago's reputation and his image of loyalty gives him the power to manipulate and deceive Othello into thinking that Desdemona is cheating on him.
Iago uses Othello and Desdemona's initial wedding plans as a way to make Othello doubt Desdemona's honesty.
Iago also deceives Roderigo into thinking that he will help him win Desdemona's heart, however we soon learn that he is simply using him for his riches.
During the majority of the play Othello believes that Desdemona is cheating on him, however, in reality she remains loyal to her husband.
Iago is constantly twisting and distorting realities to manipulate others so they can subconsciously fall into his trap and contribute to his plan. In The Great Gatsby, it is mainly shown through Gatsby's perception of Daisy's perfection. However, in reality she cannot live up to his expectations.
In Othello, it is mainly shown through the character of Iago, he is extremely machiavellian and clever.
He distorts the reality of most situations to get others to believe his lies and fall into his traps.
Both Othello and Gatsby are blinded by the fake realities and do not realise that there is an alternate truth.
Lastly, when they do eventually come to terms with the truth, it is too late and therefore ends in their failure. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby's goal is to re-create the past, and although he believes he is so close he cannot fail, in reality he is only moving farther as time progresses
In Othello, Othello fails to realise he is being deceived by Iago, this results in his loss of trust for his wife. Several other characters, also are deceived by Iago and never suspect his evil intentions.
Therefore in both texts the protagonist alongside other characters fail to notice that they are being deceived by those who they love. This ultimately leads to their downfall (death). Conclusion: Video Made by: Sandra and Lilly :) Enjoy In Conclusion the novel titled The Great Gatsby and The Shakespearean play Othello are both similar in the sense that they share many common themes, such as appearance vs. reality, jealousy, failure, gender roles and decay of morals.
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