Desdemona's Death

Topics: Othello, Jealousy, Deception Pages: 2 (742 words) Published: March 20, 2013
Shakespeare’s Othello portrays a story of jealousy and deception, and forces the reader to consider where the fault lies for Desdemona’s death. Was it as it may seem, Othello’s fault as he was the person that committed the murder, or was it Iago doing, for misleading Othello into a blinding rage. The themes of jealousy and dishonesty are evident throughout the play. Iago, who is placed under Othello and should show respect to Othello is deceitful from the very start. Right when Othello is getting married to Desdemona Iago is doing everything he can to stir up trouble to negatively affect Othello. Iago, who is at Brabantio’s house, is waking him in the middle of the night to informing him that his daughter had been stolen; “Brabantio! thieves! thieves! thieves! Look to your house, your daughter and your bags!” It is evident right from the start the Iago has it out for Othello and is going to make life hard for him. Another time where Iago acts in a way to get Othello into a bad situation is when Iago is trying to suggest that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him;” She did deceive her father, marrying you” At this stage Othello does not suspect anything at all as he has just gotten married to her and has no proof of any misdoings on her part. Since Iago is Othello’s right hand man, and Othello has no idea that Iago is out to get him, he does take heed from his advice and is cautious towards her, considering whether it was possible that she has been unfaithful. At this time in the play, Othello is still acting in and honourable and he decent from this stage is matched by his change in view towards Desdemona. Although Iago is upset about not getting the promotion, he creates a larger reason for why he must try to destroy Othello. For the reader, this could be seen as a moment that makes is Iago’s fault for Desdemona’s death as this is where he states that he is going to do anything he can to get back at Othello for having an affair with Emilia;” that 'twixt my...
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