Othello Essay Fate or Chance Appears to Side with Iago in His Plot to Bring About the Downfall of Othello and Desdemona

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Othello Essay: Fate or chance appears to side with Iago in his plot to bring about the downfall of Othello and Desdemona.

Iago is malicious and manipulative. He possesses deep hatred towards all those who have wronged him and does not understand the term "love" however; he is also the clever opportunist, using every possible chance to further his plot in bringing about the downfall of Othello and unintentionally the innocent Desdemona. To say that this mastermind should be thankful entirely to fate or chance would in turn be undermining one of Shakespeare's most intriguing villains.

Iago uses his ''honest" visage throughout the play to get him where he wants to be. This honest trait, used to gain the trust of both Othello and
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The clever idea of allowing Othello to eavesdrop on the conversation "seemingly" about Desdemona is further proof of this manipulative villain whose intention from the start was the downfall of the Moor.

From these three incidents, it is clear that Iago was a character who could easily manipulate any given opportunity in making it evil and work in his favour.

However, saying that Iago is entirely instrumental in the downfall of our Moroccan soldier and his fair Venetian beauty is not exactly accurate as Othello's raging jealousy and Desdemona's virtuous and naive character is much to blame for their downfall.

Desdemona is unaware of how her pleas for Cassio’s reinstatement are being manipulated by Iago. It is her loyalty, kind nature and genuine love for all her friends and husband is ultimately, what leads to her downfall. Iago uses these qualities to make it work in his favour.

Iago’s skilful insinuations, in which Othello sees through the eyes of Iago, causes his fall as he is now succumbed to see what Iago shows him. He is unfortunately deeply stupefied by Iago’s honesty. Othello has not been able to spend time with his new wife Desdemona and he has little knowledge of women in any case. His military life left him with no time to interact with women and Iago uses this fact and his position as his "trusted ancient" to make Othello fall directly into his malicious wrath. Othello's uncontrollable passion,

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