The Tragic Endings Of Shakespeare 's Othello Essay
Prompt: All of the characters who experience misfortune bring it upon themselves. Discuss the truth of this statement
William Shakespeare has written many tragic endings for characters in his plays, some of which are due to the character 's own weaknesses. A weakness is a quality that within a character that can be exploited to bring them to their downfall. This can clearly be seen in Othello, as Roderigo’s foolish trust and infatuation with Desdemona, Desdemona’s innocent naivety, and Othello’s personal doubts and trusting nature facilitate the manipulation of their individual characters, and lead them to their various deaths. The misfortunes of various characters can be described as the fault of their weaknesses, which allowed them to be taken advantage of.
Throughout this play, one can easily perceive how Iago is playing with Roderigo 's weaknesses, being his foolish trusting nature as well as his love for Desdemona. From the first lines of the play, Roderigo complains, "I take it much unkindly/That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse/As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this" (1.1.1-3). It is immediately known that Iago has been coercing money out of his pocket under the impression of helping him to be with Desdemona. He believes that since they are both looking to bring down the Moor, he can trust Iago as a co-conspirator, to the extent he is freely providing money into his hands. This trust is displayed when Roderigo believed all is lost,…