February 27, 2013
Othello Act 5 Scene 2
William Shakespeare was an English Renaissance writer who lived between the years 1564-1616. Throughout his life he wrote 38 plays, ten of them falling under the category of tragedy. Of these plays, one that stands out as possibly being his most notable tragedy is Othello. Othello tells the story of a Moorish general in the Venetian army’s downfall in both his personal and his professional life. After coming to the conclusion that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with his newly appointed lieutenant, Othello struggles with what he should do. Although he believes that killing her is the right thing to do, it leads to a situation resulting in his ultimate demise.
The play starts with us learning that Othello has appointed Michael Cassio to be his new lieutenant in the Venetian army, leaving Iago angry with the decision. Feeling as though he deserved the promotion, he begins plotting a revenge plan with his partner Roderigo who is in love with Desdemona. The plan is to convince Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, hopefully driving him to kill the two alleged lovers. However, Othello is ordered to fight a battle in Cyprus, bringing Desdemona with him. Iago decides to go to Cyprus with Roderigo as well in hopes to put his plan into action.
Iago’s plan to convince Othello is fairly simple, yet deceptively genius at the same time. He begins by subtly planting the idea in Othello’s head, and letting his imagination run wild. Iago realizes, however, that he will need to present physical evidence to Othello in order to for him to kill Desdemona. He manages to plant her handkerchief that Othello gave her as a symbol of their love in Cassio’s bed. The evidence of the handkerchief causes Othello to make his final decision: Desdemona must be killed. Iago also decides to put the other end of his plan into motion and convinces Roderigo to kill Cassio.
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