The minor characters in the play Othello illustrate the theme of deception by being a victim of someone else's deceptive behaviour. The character of Brabantio shows some of the earliest signs of deception in the play. It begins outside his house when Roderigo and Iago yell to Brabantio that Desdemona has gotten married. "How didst thou know twas she? O she deceives me/ Past thought!" (Shakespeare, I, i, 165-166) When Desdemona, his daughter, marries Othello, Brabantio feels as if he has been deceived. Desdemona's marriage is the symbol of her deception and her secretiveness about this action is what allows Brabantio to feel betrayed by her and causes him to go as far as kicking her out of his home. Similarly, the minor character Roderigo is being deceived by Iago throughout the play: Thus do I ever make my fool my purse;
For I mine own gain's knowledge should profane
If I would time expend with such a snipe
But for my sport and profit. (Shakespeare, I, iii, 374 377)
Iago states that he is making a fool of Roderigo by taking his money for fun and for his own gain, not to actually help him. His lies are what deceive Roderigo. Roderigo believes that Iago will help him win over Desdemona, but in actuality all he is doing is taking...