Othello .. Who Is Really Responsible?

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Who is responsible for the death of Othello? That is the question any investigator would be interested in hearing the answer. As an attorney, all my evidence points to Othello’s supposed right hand man, Iago. There are many reasons why I feel that Iago is the main person responsible for the horrible deaths that incur in such a short period of time but the most obvious would be that he is an evident sociopath. A sociopath can be described as somebody affected with a personality disorder made obvious by being overly aggressive, violent and antisocial thoughts and behaviors and a lack of empathy. Living with this disease and not knowing made Iago a very cold and calculating man with no respect for anyone, especially his superior officer and supposed best friend Othello.

Unfortunately, Othello truly believed that Iago was a faithful friend and because of that Othello gave him all of this trust. Knowing this, Iago completely took advantage of Othello and outwardly displayed the image of the picture perfect friend. However, internally, Iago was seething with hatred toward Othello and Cassio and everyone else for that matter. The hatred mainly goes back to when Othello was to make the descion of who would be his second in command and when Cassio was given that title it drove Iago over the edge so much that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get that position he thought he so rightfully deserved. As life went on, Iago was always at Othello’s side and was always available to manipulate any situation in Othello’s life so that Iago always came out the hero and everyone else the villain. He was especially good at playing with Othello’s emotions when it came to Desdemona. Iago knows that Desdemona is the love of Othello’s life and used his extreme jealousy issues and insecurities about their relationship to his advantage. Like Iago stated in the play, “ Watch your wife. Watch how she is with Cassio. Just watch- don’t be either completely suspicious or completely...
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