Appearance versus Reality in Shakespeare's Othello Essay

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The play 'Othello' is an epiphany of the ultimate battle between appearance versus reality in the respect that Iago is the complete opposite from what he appears to be. Everyone involved with him separately thinks that he is doing them favors, when actually he is a backstabbing, conniving person who is the essence of evil and is often referred to as half-man, half-devil. Contrary to Iago, Othello is often referred to as a God-like figure, innocent in every way: trusting and naïve. Unfortunately for Othello, this serves as his eventual downfall helping Iago play Othello like a harp, which results in Desdemona's death. Iago's two-sided face and the other characters' readiness to believe him before thinking twice is the driving force …show more content…
readiness to believe him before thinking twice. Roderigo is the most fooled of all of the characters in his relationship with Iago. Since Iago shares his plot against Othello and Cassio with Roderigo, Roderigo, unable to think twice because of thoughts of Desdemona, immediately assumes that they have an understanding and that they have a mutual relationship from which both benefit. This is true especially after the wealthy but naive Roderigo gives Iago all off his money for the promise of Desdemona?s hand in marriage. Even though he assumes this to be so from appearance, in actuality we, the audience, knows that Iago is using Roderigo as a pawn against Othello and Cassio in his scheme of hate, jealousy, chaos, and revenge. Roderigo trusts Iago until the bitter end when Iago finally slays him in front of a large crowd blaming him for Cassio?s attempted murder (even though it was his idea to kill Cassio). No one benefits from any of Iago?s relationships but Iago himself. Contrary to Iago, Othello is often referred to as a God-like figure, innocent in every way: trusting and naïve. His character also attributes to the theme of appearance versus reality in the aspect that even though his character seems to be unjust and impulsive, he is, as a matter of fact, Christ-like or God-like. This is beautifully illustrated when Iago describes Othello to Lodovico by saying,

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