Iago's Evilness vs Othello's Race

Topics: Iago, Othello, Michael Cassio Pages: 3 (1002 words) Published: April 20, 2008
In the play of Othello written by Shakespeare, the destructiveness of Iago's evil deeds are compared and examined against Othello's race for his downfall. Othello’s race is an important factor which leads to his downfall. Without race, Iago’s plans would not be as destructive. The collaboration of these two components therefore resulted in such a tragedy.

Othello’s awareness to his race increases as the play moves on from Act 1 to Act 3. In Act 1, it is obvious that Othello’s race stands out from the white Venetian society. Although he is confident about his position in the Venetian Society when he says, “My parts, my title and my perfect soul shall manifest me rightly.”, he is aware of his difference among the others in the duke’s court. He becomes cautious in his speech, putting himself down in front of these people claiming he is not particularly good with words of expression, “Rude am I in my speech”. Secondly, he believes white Venetians are more superior that his own race, he has more confidence that a white venetian’s decision would be more justified than one of his own. This is shown when Othello was dealing with the situation of Cassio’s fight on the street in Act 2, he often looks to Iago for an explanation, often referring him as “honest Iago” through out act 2 scene 3. Othello believes Iago as a loyal, white Venetian man who would make the correct decisions. He gives no doubts on Iago’s judgment without any further hesitation as he trusts Iago entirely, not showing any signs of wanting to further investigate on the case. Thirdly, when Iago reveals to Othello of his suspicion that Desdemona is cheating on him, it leads Othello to question the reason for his race, “And yet how nature erring from itself”, which was strongly agreed by Iago, “one may smell, in such, a will most rank, Foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural” forcing Othello to believe his race is a reason for Desdemona’s betrayal. By the end of Act 3 scene 3, he is...
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