When we compare Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with Othello we realize that both are tragic love stories that seem to have nothing in common

When we compare Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with Othello we realize that both are tragic love stories that seem to have nothing in common. We don’t see the similarities until the end of both plays. It is the way they are played out that makes the plays different. Both love stories that have circumstances outside the control of the main characters that force both sets of lovers to die.
Romeo and Juliet is one of the many plays written by William Shakespeare. The play is a tragedy about two star-crossed young lovers whose long family feud between the Montague and Capulet families disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to desperate measures and causes them to commit suicide in despair.
Othello, also written by Shakespeare, is about a soldier who marries a nobleman’s daughter without permission. He is loved by the Senate and deceived by a friend over military rank advancement. Othello is lead to believe his new bride and his best friend are having an affair, a cynical plot by Iago who wants Cassio’s military rank. When finally convinced, by Iago, Othello kills his wife and when he realizes he was foolish and easily manipulated he kills himself. Cassio is then becomes the leader of Cyprus and Iago is tried for his treachery.
When you first think of the plays they seem different. Romeo and Juliet are two lovers who cannot be together due to politics and family feuds. Othello on the other hand, is centered around rage, race, and jealousy planted in Othello’s head by a very convincing Iago, who we all know is a conniving man out for revenge. Yet, both couples lose their lives at the end because of miscommunication. Romeo takes his life when he believes Juliet dead. He doesn’t know it is a rue to keep Juliet from having to marry Paris due to a letter explaining she is under a potions symptom never reaching him. In return because she feels she killed Romeo, Juliet takes her own life. In Othello he takes his wife’s life because he believes her to be unfaithful to him with his best friend. Desdemona dies professing her love for Othello. When Cassio comes in after the murder and tells Othello he has been deceived by Iago and there was never an affair. Othello consumed with guilt and shame he then kills himself. Romeo and Juliet is based on true love because even death did not separate the two star crossed lovers while Othello is based on jealousy and it is shown how jealousy and lies can rip apart two lovers.
In Romeo and Juliet and Othello, both leading girls do the unexpected, they both go behind their families backs and marry someone of what is preserved to be a lower standard. Juliet marries the son of a rival family, which for the time was against all society’s rules. In Othello, Desdemona marries a man from a different race and culture. Both girls do this behind their families back. While Desdemona can profess her love in front of the Senate and her father and live openly with her new husband, Juliet must marry in secret and dies before her family is ever aware. The result of both women marrying without their families blessing had the same result of death.
In Othello, Iago is the clear villain and is clearly seen. In Romeo and Juliet, the villain is the private war between their two families. The fighting in Romeo and Juliet has been going on for decades and really seems pointless. Iago is in it for power, rank and revenge. Romeo and Juliet are in it for love.
Juliet and Desmond are well kept girls from high ranking houses kept separate from society. Juliet’s only has her nurse maid and her mother as her only companions. It is a lifelong bond. Desdemona has only one friend, Emilia, her lady’s maid who is Iago’s wife and even they are separated by social class. Even though Emilia is Iago’s wife her loyalty is to Desdemona. Emilia knows how scandalous Iago is. Something to think about is even though the men have many friends these two women have a friendship with someone of a lower class and these friendships are fiercely stronger and more bonded.
In conclusion while there are many reasons why these two sets of couples found love when both should never have even been in the same social circles. We are shown that miscommunication can break apart any set of lovers if you let outside influences cloud your judgement and are not willing to stand up for love.

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