Essay on Othello, By William Shakespeare

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The Gullible Othello
Othello, the Moor of Venice, is a tragedy written by Shakespeare. Othello and his wife Desdemona are deeply in love despite her racist father’s disapproval of him. Othello, a general in Venice’s army, offered Cassio the job as lieutenant over another man named Iago. Iago thinks he should have gotten the position and heard rumors that Othello has slept with his wife named Emilia. Iago is extremely jealous of Othello and Cassio, so he wants revenge on them. He wants to split up Othello’s marriage as well as kill Cassio. Iago manipulates Othello so he trusts Iago more than his own wife, and Othello eventually betrays Desdemona. In the end, most of the characters die, including Othello. Although Iago is the villain in the story, Othello has a tragic flaw that leads to some terrible outcomes. Othello’s tragic flaw is that he has poor judgement, he is unsure about who is honest and loyal to him thus leading him to make bad decisions.
Othello makes the faulty choice of trusting Iago and often refers to him as “Honest Iago,” which is ironic because Iago is the one plotting against him the entire time. Othello claims that he knows Iago so well but never stops to ask him why he is telling him all of this gossip and where he is getting the information from. Othello says, “I Know Iago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter,”(2.3.225.). In this quote Othello is saying that he is close with Iago and that Iago must be handling his matters with honesty and…

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