Othello's Character

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Othello is the protagonist of the play; he is a highly respected general of the Venetian army. Othello is not a Venetian though; he is a moor, which means he is from North Africa. This puts Othello in a very unusual position; he is one of the most important people in the Venetian army and very respected but is also an outsider because he is a black man. I perceive Othello’s character at this point in the play to be Naïve, honorable and honest; he really has nothing to hide. His naïveté’s will cause Othello to make bad decisions and shows that Iago (the villainous character that hates Othello and wants to ruin Othello) can easily deceive Othello through his insecurities and self-consciousness of being a black outsider. We are shown these characteristics through; how Othello acts, what others do and think about and towards him, and what Othello says about himself.

In Act 1 scene iii we see that Othello knows he is an outsider and is very conscience of this fact. Othello is also very honest, secure and confident about what he knows of fighting and that his life has been bravely filled with many battles; it’s the only thing he knows – “…seven years’ pith till now some nine moons wasted” (84-85). Othello is self–conscience that he is not like the Venetians and knows that he isn’t as smooth a talker as the Venetians - “Rude [he is] in speech”(81). Although Othello doesn’t think he is a smooth talker he was able to win over Desdemona through talking about his life and battles – “This to hear would Desdemona seriously incline” (145). This shows how honest Othello really is; he told the exciting true stories of his life not realizing that Desdemona would find them great. When Desdemona secured the fact that the stories were enriching and powerful it gave Othello a new confidence – “And that would woo [Desdemona] Upon this [he] spake” (166). Othello rises to an occasion when faced with difficulties; He decided to go to war straight away and there was no question is his...
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