The True Nature of Obsession (Othello, Endless Love and Damoyre)
Spencer uses his characterization of David in “Endless Love”, to exemplify his insights into obsession driven jealously. Spencer manifests the idea of two juxtaposed characters finding stability and compatibility due to similar states of jealousy.
Madness evolves rapidly as a result of intensive pursuit of an obsession. It appears as the final stage in transformation before the destruction of a character in all three of these texts. Madness emerges as mental instability and delusions and is exceedingly evident as one of Shakespeare’s ideas of obsession in “Othello”. This idea is evident through Shakespeare’s use of characterization, particularly with the character, Othello, as he is captivated by jealousy and revenge as a result of obsessive love. With this use of characterization, Shakespeare uses Othello to conveys madness, “O, blood, blood, blood”. The use of repetition is this line is reflective of the impulsive, consuming nature of obsession driven madness and exemplifies the state of madness Othello is now in. This line also identifies the completed transformation of Othello, previous to his obsession, jealousy and revenge; this was a