Downfall of Othello
Humans feel the need to interact with one another, to fulfil this need humans build relationships. These relationships can either bring great joy or can become the very cause of human frailty. In the play ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare we witness the downfall of the main character Othello and the underlying factors which lead to his downfall. One of the main factors is the relationships he had with others.
The relationship between Othello and Iago is built on friendship. The basis of this relationship is built on loyalty and trust under the main scheme of revenge. On one side is Othello’s complete faith and trust in Iago. While on the other side is Iago’s pretence of love and loyalty which is suppressed by feelings of jealousy, anger and hate. Iago strategized a well structured plot to destroy Othello. Iago’s hatred for Othello came about when Cassio got appointed the position of lieutenant which Iago believed he rightfully deserved for he is more experienced than Michael Cassio who has “never set a squadron in the field, nor the division of a battle knows more than a spinster” unless he seeks the “bookish theoric”. Iago makes it his mission to punish Othello for his supposed betrayal and make Cassio and Desdemona the subject of revenge. The main weakness in Othello is his trustworthy nature from which derives other weaknesses, all of which ultimately leads to his downfall. Othello’s trustworthy nature is a weakness in his character; it is this characteristic which Iago preys on. “the moor is of a free and open nature, that thinks men honest that but seem to be so, and will as tenderly be led by th’nose as asses are” His trusting nature makes him a target to manipulation and betrayal. Othello became delusional in Iago’s ‘supposed’ friendship. Trusting someone too much makes us frail as we often lose the ability to make clear judgements and decisions because we are under someone else’s influence. Othello’s trust in Iago outweighs his...
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