Othello Analysis

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Jacob Cooperider
Mrs. Smallwood
English IV Honors
October 5, 2012

Analysis on Othello
Othello by William Shakespeare is a play that involves the story of Othello and his new wife Desdemona while they are in Cyprus attended to business of their leader. Othello accuses his new wife of betraying his love because of the outlandish lies of friend Iago. Othello is a manipulated, unsuspecting leader, who in the end will fall due to these qualities and kill not only himself, but his wife Desdemona.

Othello is manipulated throughout the entire play. He believes that his wife Desdemona is having relations with his former lieutenant Cassio. This thought is further implemented by the sly words of Iago, who is trying to get rid of Othello and Cassio. Othello can not see what is happening right before his eyes because he is blind to Iago’s master plan. “Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners: so that if we will plant nettles, or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs, or distract it with many, either to have it sterile with idleness, or manured with industry, why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills” (Shakespeare 27-28). Iago says in this quote that he is the master gardener and Othello is his garden.

Othello is not only manipulated by Iago, he is also unsuspecting of any plans by his new lieutenant. Othello is a very unsecure person which is why he is so quick to accuse Desdemona, even before he has a change to hear her side of the story. He does not think that his friend Iago would do anything to harm him. “Cassio's a proper man… Let's see: -- after some time, to abuse Othello's ear that he is too familiar with his wife. He hath a person and a smooth dispose to be suspected, framed to make women false. 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 the nose as asses are” (Shakespeare 30). This is where...
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