Othello is an easy prey to his insecurities because of his age, his life as a soldier, and his self-consciousness about being a racial and cultural outsider. Pride, envy, and sloth surrounded Othello throughout this play. Othello's pride prevents him from finding the truth, which eventually leads to his demise. His knowledge of his own pride can be found in (Act I, Scene II, 18-26) where he states: “Let him do his spite: My services which I have done the signiory Shall out-tongue his complaints. 'Tis yet to know,--Which, when I know that boasting is an honour, I shall promulgate--I fetch my life and being From men of royal siege, and my demerits May speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune As this that I have reach'd: for know, Iago, But that I love the gentle Desdemona, I would not my unhoused free condition Put into circumscription and confine For the sea's worth.” Othello was so desperate to hold on to his former identity as a soldier when his new identity as a lover/newlywed starts to fall apart that his envy quickly goes from normal... [continues]
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