Iago and Othelo Are Faced with Many Complex Problems

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Good morning/afternoon fellow classmates and teachers
Everyday people are confronted with challenges; whether they are big or small, challenges can have an effect not only on you but also the people you are surrounded by. The challenges that Iago and Othello experience are no different from today’s challenges, but the way they dealt with them, would not be accepted in today’s society.

Iago and Othello are faced with many complex and personal challenges. Their challenges though different are linked through the quest of revenge, power and control. Iago uses his position as a servant to bring revenge to Othello. Iago believes that Othello has cuckolded him, courtesy of a number of soliloquy’s shown through the metaphorical phrase “and its though abroad that twix’t my sheets he’s done my office”. This knowledge provides him with an additional motive to hate Othello and want revenge. On the other hand he uses the power of jealousy and Othello’s wife Desdemona. Othello not only has to overcome challenge possessing a trusting nature, but also has to deal with the obstacles that racism can engender.

Iago has set himself the challenge of bringing revenge on Othello for his suspected sleight to his manhood, he plans to do this by creating jealousy between Desdemona and Othello. As Iago uses language and persuasive techniques to create suspicion in Othello's mind and encourage his jealousy. Iago initially places doubt in Othello by making Cassio's exit seem suspicious, "Ha! I like not that...Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it, /That he would sneak away so guilty-like, /Seeing you coming." he does so to challenge Othello's distrust in Cassio. Iago also quotes “With as little a web as this I will ensure as great a fly as Cassio” The metaphor of the web, symbolizing Desdemona, will allow Cassio to fall into Iagos trap allowing his plan to be put into action.

Iagos challenge has an effect on Othello, as one of Othello’s fatal flaws is his honest and...
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