Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

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Othello by William Shakespeare is a tragic play revolving around the effect that jealousy has over people . In Othello, Othello has married his true love Desdemona, but after listening to the lies of Iago, he begins to believe that Desdemona has been unfaithful. In a series of events, Othello becomes convinced Desdemona was not true to him and tragically murders her. Othello killed his wife Desdemona because he felt jealous and betrayed, he let his emotions get in the way of his responsibilities, and in turn highlighted the evil effects that jealousy has on a man.
In the beginning of the novel, it is discovered that Othello has given the position of lieutenant to an arithmetician, Cassio. Iago hears of this news and begins to plan something that would ruin Othello. Iago used his power of manipulation in order to convince Othello that Desdemona was in cahoots with Cassio. According to Jenny M. Djundjung, “Othello’s honesty will blind him from one’s deceit because he always uses his principle of honor to judge a one’s action that he fails to judge Iago’s motives behind his action.” In the beginning of the play, Othello is unable to judge a person past their actions, to him, Iago is a trustworthy honest man. This flaw is what allows Iago to so easily convince him of Desdemona’s infidelity, causing Othello to become jealous.
Iago continues his plan throughout the play, constantly planting jealous thoughts into Othello’s mind. Iago’s role in the demise of Othello and Desdemona…

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