Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

1297 Words Apr 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Othello is not a tragic play as much as it is a fatal for many and calamitious for the rest. Othello, the male lead, seems to be a straight-forward man who did his time in war and now wants to settle down with a woman by his side. However, the tragedy begins with his friend, Honest Iago, driving Othello’s mind into rubble. Iago convinces Othello that his wife has cheated on him, and the worst part is that without a single speck of evidence Othello believes him. Othello’s identity relied so heavily on him being a soldier and fighting for good, that now as he tries to become a husband he finds harsh backlash. He decides killing his wife is the best and only way to preserve his honor and respect. By the time it is too late Othello realizes his mistake and tries to write it off as an act of love. Othello is disoriented throughout much of this play because of the severe internal and external conflicts he faces. As Othello loses his place in society and as a husband, he retreats to what he thinks is his former glory as a soldier, and this ends up being the beginning of his end.
At the beginning of the play, Othello is open and correct about his relationship being a solid, mutual love between himself and Desdemona. There are no qualms between them, even though her father tries to stop them from wedding, but they carry on and are jubilant. The trouble starts with Iago and his plot to get back at Othello for not placing him as his lieutenant. As a result, Iago initiates his plan by…

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